Xavier Ménard

Residence: Montréal, Canada

Xavier Ménard is a Montréal-based composer. In 2014, he discovered Bernard Parmegiani’s works, and his subsequent and growing interest in electroacoustic practices led him to studies at the Université de Montréal in digital music. His first electroacoustic works were informed by courses in sound creation by Nicolas Bernier and in composition by Robert Normandeau. His compositions, which employ sounds created from various electric devices (switches, mixers, oscillators), are inspired by the contrast between micro-sounds and very long sounds issued from infinite loops. In spring 2017, he developed a sound installation project with designer Camille St-Amand that was inspired by his previous work On/Off (1.0). This installation was exposed during the Festival Art Souterrain at the Université de Montréal. Ménard plays synthesizer and guitar in the French rock group Autruche and is part of Latency Jarry, a minimalist electronic music duo. In 2017, he released Tensions bien tempérées with the Montréal-based label Kohlenstoff Records.

Date: February 27, 2018

Source: JTTP 2017

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Xavier Ménard during a performance at Réacteur in November 2015. Photo: Maude Dusablon, 2015

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