Blues Blanc Rouge Remix - Florent Vollant and Richard Desjardins

Friday, July 31 2015 - 8:30 pm

Grance scène

Richard Desjardins Trio
Avec Claude Fradette et Karl Surprenant

In french only

Richard Desjardins aime bien revisiter son répertoire à la guitare.

Dans ce spectacle, il invite deux complices musiciens à se joindre à lui : Claude Fradette (Kanasuta, L’existoire, Le peuple invisible) et Karl Surprenant (L’existoire).

Le poète puise dans ses chansons d’amour et de combat et pose sur le monde ce regard à la fois tendre, dénonciateur et amoureux.

Richard Desjardins viendra vous raconter des histoires qui ont la force, la rage, la beauté et la délivrance d’une débâcle printanière. Un concert d’exception!


Innu author, composer and singer Florent Vollant was born in Labrador in 1959 and grew up on a reserve named Maliotenam, east of Sept-Îles. He began his musical career in the middle of the 80s and helped to create the Festival Innu Nikamu, which, since its founding, has brought together many musicians and singers from various Amerindian nations.

When Florent Vollant joined forces with Claude McKenzie, another young Innu, the duo Kashtin was born. From 1989 to 1995, the group recorded Kashtin, Innu and Akua Tuta, three albums which earned them four Félix awards and the chance to perform not only in Quebec and across Canada, but in France, Belgium, South Korean, the United States, Bolivia and the list goes on. The duo wrote and recorded the sound track for Arthur Lamothe’s film Le Silence des fusils/Silencing the Guns and were the first indigenous group from Quebec to be recognized internationally.

Ardent defender of Quebec’s nature and rivers, Florent Vollant received the title of Artiste pour la Paix in 1994. Spokesperson for the First Nations Garden (Jardin botanique de Montréal), he took part in La Grande Paix, the grandiose closing concert of the 2001 FrancoFolies de Montréal. As well as collaborating on the albums of Richard Séguin, Robbie Robertson, Marc Déry and Zachary Richard, Florent Vollant remains a constant presence in his community in Maliotenam. He initiated a project close to his heart: the Studio Makusham, both a professional recording studio and a training centre for young native musicians.

In 1999, he recorded a Christmas album in the Innu language with his good friends Richard Séguin, Zachary Richard, Luce Dufault, Ray Bonneville and Lucien Gabriel Jourdain. Entitled Nipaiamianan, the album won a JUNO at the JUNO Canada’s Music Awards. Katak, his second solo album put together with friends and colleagues, was released in October 2003. In April 2009, after participating in many musical projects, Florent then released his third album Eku Mamu.

Since 2011, Florent Vollant has been highly visible on the Quebec artistic scene. In addition to his remarkable participation in the series of performances Les Monumentales alongside Chloé Sainte-Marie and Alexandre Belliard, he also took part in the musical tale of the late Gilles Carle. He also performed an intimate concert during the First Nations exposition at the Marché Bonsecours and acted as spokesperson for the Gala de musique Teweikan dedicated to aboriginal music. In 2013, Florent Vollant left for the Déferlantes in Portes-les-Valences, France, and then brought his songs all the way to Pully and everywhere across Quebec and Canada.

From 2010 to 2013, Florent Vollant also enjoyed a wonderful experience hosting four seasons of the variety show Makusham, shown on the APTN network, which brings together artists from different backgrounds such as Aboriginals, Acadians, Quebecers to celebrate their cultural diversity. As well, as artistic director, he will appear in a program called La clé du studio, which will be broadcast beginning January 2016.

At the end of 2014, his new Montreal management and production house Instinct Musique (Éric Lapointe, Hugo Lapointe, Valérie Lahaie) rereleased Nipaiamiananon on CD and in digital format since it has often been named as one of the best Christmas records.

Spring 2015 marks the release of his fourth solo album, entirely created at the Studio Makusham in Maliotenam: Puamuna. Meaning “dream” in the Innu langue, Florent Vollant returns to the very source of traditional Innu singing, where everything is born, that is to say in dreams.

Source : Instinct Musique

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