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Les confluences entre peinture et musique : héritage, imaginaire et renouveau








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Wednesday June 1, 2022 at 5:30 p.m.

Speakers: Danick Trottier, professor of Musicology in the Department of Music at UQAM (Université du Québec à Montréal) and a regular member of OICRM (Observatoire interdisciplinaire de création et de recherche en musique), and Pierre Lapointe, singer-songwriter.

In conjunction with the exhibition Nicolas Party: L’heure mauve, this talk intends to explore the vast subject of collaborations and influences between artists from the fields of music and the visual arts on the basis of a connection encouraged by a common aesthetic ideal. With no claim to being exhaustive, the discussion will touch on a few of the twentieth century’s major collaborations and areas of influence, such as that between Kandinsky and Schoenberg. While the copious literature on the links between painting and music points out the difficulties in bringing two different types of art closer together, the glories arising from such collaborations must also be emphasized. With that as a starting point, there will follow an examination of the innovation resulting from Pierre Lapointe’s selection of pieces for addition to the work of Nicolas Party, and of the way in which it demonstrates current creative preoccupations in respect to the relationship between the visual and the musical.

This lecture is presented thanks to the support of Magdeleine Loevenbruck.





Danick Trottier 
Is a professor of Musicology in the Department of Music at UQAM (Université du Québec à Montréal) and a regular member of OICRM (Observatoire interdisciplinaire de création et de recherche en musique). He is the author of the book-long essay Le classique fait pop! Pluralité musicale et décloisonnement des genres (XYZ Éditeur, 2021). His academic work is centred on the music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, in both what is termed its “popular” and “classical” traditions. 

Pierre Lapointe
In less than two decades, singer-songwriter-composer he has become a major figure in the Francophone music scene with his pop songs punctuated by orchestral arrangements. Since his victory at the Festival international de la chanson de Granby in 2001, he has made a dozen albums, including La forêt des mal-aimés (2006), La science du cœur (2017) and Chansons hivernales (2020). He has also collaborated prolifically with Albin de la Simone, Hubert Lenoir, Clara Luciani, Mika, Jean-Willy Kunz and Yannick Nézet- Séguin, among others. Passionate about the visual arts, he oversaw the artistic direction of several of his music videos and shows, and has been involved in collaborations with contemporary artists, such as David Altmejd, BGL, Sophie Calle, Dominique Pétrin and Yann Pocreau. In 2011-2012, he notably presented an installation at the MMFA as part of the exhibition Big Bang: Creativity Is Given Carte Blanche, together with architect Jean Verville.


Location : Maxwell-Cummings Auditorium

Reservation terms : reservations required

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