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Creativity, technique, and a sense of improvisation

Percussionist and composer Bruno Paquet began his tabla studies with Panalal Chaurasia, in 1974. He went for further studies with the masters Swapan Chaudhuri (Ali Akbar Khan College, San Rafael), and Mukerjee Upadhyaya, in Delhi (India). He studied the Kathakali percussion instruments at the school of the Kerala Kalamandalam, in India. Thanks to a notation of his own, he could study the Kathakali music, and disseminate its repertoire in Canada through his composition, performance and teaching.

In a Tabla solo

For the last twenty years, Bruno Paquet has been participating in concerts for sitar and tabla, creating and performing for contemporary dance and Kathakali. He composed Le Lion du Panjchir, a major work of over an hour performed by his ensemble, the Mahapooram, and has authored the music for En Himalayas, a choreography by Richard Tremblay, that premiered in Montreal, at l'Usine C. He also created the music for the theatre production THE ALCHIMIST, by Paulo Coelho, presented at Le Théâtre du Rideau Vert. He was a musical consultant and percussionnist in The Iliad, a Kathakali dance production revived in Singapore in which he played chenda with a group of Kathakali artists from Kerala (India). He also played chenda with mridangam virtuoso Trichy Sankaran in a concert of Talavattam, his work for the Kathakali percussion instruments, and mridangam solos which he created and presented in Montreal.

Among his compositions, Poétique d'une orbite capricieuse (1998), was presented in a concert featuring his works at La Chapelle historique du Bon Pasteur, a music centre in Montreal. Tablagni (1992), for Danse Partout, and La prière du serpent (1990) and Sondes One and Two (1992), for Danse Kalashas, are compositions which have been played in contemporary dance productions. Two of his compositions, Les arbres célestes (1994) and Parasuraman (1995), which he also performed, were presented by Danse Kalashas and Danse Cité's contemporary production at L'Agora de la danse, in 1995.

Bruno Paquet was an accompanist in dance classes from 1978 to 1986, playing for several local and visiting artists. He founded The Mahapooram Ensemble, and he is the co-founder of The Galileo Spaces, The Centre de Création pour Musique et Danse. He received arts awards from The Canada Council, Le Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, and the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute.

 

 

 

 

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