ABOUT FRANÇOIS COUTURE
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, New Age, World, Electronic, Classical
Canadian composer, musician, orchestrator, arranger and sound designer, François Couture, a man of boundless musical imagination, continues to fearlessly blend modern electronic rhythms with subtle ethnic and even classical motifs. With nine albums under his belt, ranging from new age to world beat to neo-classical, his music draws the listener into the ever-changing world of his creations. And this world turns out to be very exciting. He explores the musical universe and its mysteries, fusing everyday sounds with string orchestras, banjo, mandolin, guitar, and electronic sounds, all exquisitely produced and taking the listener on a journey through the entire musical spectrum. An alchemist who likes to push the boundaries between ethnic music, folk, ambient and electronic, François Couture is one of those rare musicians who always amazes with his fresh and innovative style and surprising combination of sounds. His music gets airplay and praise around the world.
To date, François has made a total of 9 albums, including his latest, After the Rain, along with Downtown Ride, Dal Segno, Mysteria rosarii, Yahndawa, Tape Speed, My Little Book, Ludovica, and Quallunuak. His album, Yahndawa’ merges a string orchestra with songs of the Wendat people. It was received with much enthusiasm, winning several awards and nominations. This was not his first exploration of aboriginal music. The very intense and highly successful Qallunak (2005) features Inuit-inspired music. Ludovica is a tribute to Couture’s hometown, Quebec, Canada. In the passionate Tape Speed, the listener gets lost in Couture’s shimmering melodies and orchestrations. Mysteria Rosarii Oratorio, billed as a charismatic spiritual experience, was inspired by the ability of anonymous soloist, ‘Yosef’, to speak in tongues. Couture was so intrigued by this phenomenon that he composed a series of meditations on mysteries of the rosary.
François Couture is also regularly commissioned as a composer, sound designer and musical director for major festivals and events at home and abroad, such as The 400th Anniversary of Quebec and The Quebec Winter Carnival in Quebec City, Canada, Just for Laughs and Montreal in Lights in Montreal, Canada, and The Wall of Sound in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Among the many awards and nominations François Couture has received, his album Yahndawa’, won the 2013 Native American Music Award for Best Producer and the 2012 Eworld Music Award for Best World Music. This album was also nominated for Best New Age album by the 2013 Independent Music Awards, Best Producer by the Canadian Folk Music Awards, and Best World Music by the Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMA). Other albums and productions honored with awards or nominations were Dal Segno for Best New Age Music by the HMMA, and The Wall of Sound in Lausanne, Switzerland, which won the Live Design Excellence Award.
“Yahndawa, his latest album, consists of thirteen ancestral Huron-Wendat songs accompanied by a classical string orchestra. Yahndawa is a very personal album, in which there are three basic factors that define the whole: the voices and melodies, the ancestral string arrangements, and the gimmick-free production. This inspiring work leads the listener to peace and distant times.”
Jorge Sergio © 2011
“As true creation gives a birth to new creation
Your love originates an endless love!
The album Tape Speed stirs the soul from the very first seconds. The music of Francois Couture is very special. It is impossible to compare it with anything else. For me Francois Couture’s music is spiritually close to the music of Richard Bone because it is always unexpected and leads the listener to new dimensions. It helps achieve an extended state of mind and stimulates a state of creativity. The music of the album Tape Speed is very powerful and impressive. It uplifts the spirit and releases it from oppressive thoughts.
What else can be compared to the Tape Speed album? Maybe it is like a breathtaking movie that won’t let you go until the final credits. Just listen to Francois Couture’s music and be inspired!
“Qallunak is magic, I was hooked all weekend!”
Catherine Emmanuelle / Martin Dallairs / Radio Energy
“What an amazing record!”
Gregg McVicar / Earthsongs California
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