Myriam Boucher and Pierre-Luc Lecours explore the sensitive and kinetic relationship that human maintains with nature. The performance Elements unfolds in an ever-changing audiovisual dialogue, inspired by the movements, behaviours and evolution of air, water, fire and earth. The two performers deliver a poetic work loaded with an imaginary and abstract aesthetic, passing from representational to immaterial shapes, colours and forms.
Myriam Boucher is a video and sound artist based in Montreal (Canada). Her sensitive and polymorphic work concerns the intimate dialogue between music, sound and image, through visual music, audiovisual performance, Vjing and immersive projects. Fascinated by the natural elements, she creates videomusic from the landscape and the relationship that human maintains with it. Her work, "evocative in its dynamism, brings its audience close to something akin to feeling multiple emotions all at once" (The Link). Boucher’s videomusic compositions range from works for orchestra, ensemble, collaborative and solo A/V featuring DJ and VJ techniques fully notated and integrated into a concert music setting.
In 2017, Boucher received a Baccalauréat of digital music degree from Université de Montréal. She is currently a doctoral student in videomusical composition at the Université de Montréal and has received the distinguish Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Grant.
Her commission list is varied and distinguished and includes the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (OSM), Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (NEM), Magnitude6, Collectif9 and Architek Percussion. Her work has won prizes in the 2015 and 2016 (first prize) JTTP awards, the LUFF 2017 (best experimental short-movie award), the 2015 JIM Electroacoustic Compositions Competition and the Bourse Euterke 2015, and has been presented at many international events and places, including Mutek (CA, AE), Kontakte (DE), Igloofest (CA), Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois (CA), Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain de Strasbourg (FR), and Akousma (CA).
Pierre-Luc Lecours is a composer and multidisciplinary artist based in Montreal (Canada). His artistic practice covers many different mediums and aesthetics, ranging from music to video and performance. His work is characterized by a search for expressiveness in projects exploring themes related to nature, social phenomena and politics. He draws influences as much from the currents of instrumental and electroacoustic contemporary music as from electronic and experimental music. His performances feature everyday objects combined with traditional instrumentation and annotated musical writing.
After a bachelor’s degree in digital music, Lecours is a candidate for the Master’s in composition at the Faculty of Music of the University of Montreal under the supervision of Pierre Michaud. As a researcher, he is interested in the interpretation of electronic music, gesture and time management in musical composition. He received a graduate scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (CRSH), the Arsène David Scholarship and the OICRM Master’s Scholarship.
He has received music commissions for film, theatre, dance and television. His work has been heard, among others, at the Montreal International Documentary Encounters (RIDM), the Chicago Film Festival, the BBC, Radio-Canada, Hot Docs and Radio France. His album Paysages Imaginaires will be published in February 2019 under the label Mikroclimat of DAME (CA).
His works have been honoured by Exhibitronic 2017, the Composition Contest of the Destellos Foundation 2014, the Young Composers Competition of the SOCAN Foundation 2014 and Time play of CEC 2014 and 2017. His work has been featured in more than 100 international events, including MUTEK (CA), Elektra (CA), Vision of future (US), Futura (FR), Digital Weekender (UK), Sound Space (BE), Seeing Sound (UK), NEXT (SK), BIAN (CA), Akousma (CA), Currents New Media (USA), Muslab (MEX) and Resonances Électriques (FR).