Jean-François Laporte

Québec, 1968

  • Composer
  • Performer (invented instruments)

Founder and artistic director of Productions Totem Contemporain, composer and instrument inventor Jean-François Laporte is known today on the international scene for his original undertakings. From works for traditional, invented and modified instruments to sound installations, Laporte’s work invariably stems from concrete experiments in sound matter that are based on active listening to each sound. Since the early days in 1993, Jean-François Laporte has written some sixty works that have been premiered and performed as much in Canada, Europe, Asia, and the United States. Alongside his activities as a composer, for the past seven years he has devoted himself partly to the development of new instruments (the tu-yo, bol, FlyingCan, trompe-sax, and orgue de sirènes) that he has used in his compositions and, since 2002, in his visual and sound installations. Laporte’s new instruments have earned him several commissions in Canada and abroad, and have sparked interest in various sectors of the international artistic community, as much in dance as in contemporary music. Other composers are increasingly using his instruments in their own music both for solo works and within traditional ensembles.