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Jean-François Denis: Biography

Jean-François Denis
1960 -
Region: Québec

Jean-François Denis

Born in Montreal (Quebec) in 1960, Jean-François Denis studied at Mills College in Oakland, California, USA with David Rosenboom (Master’s Degree 1984). He has worked in live electroacoustics (solo and ensembles) as well as works for dance and multimedia since 1982.

He has taught electroacoustics at Concordia University in Montreal (1985-89) where he also organized the Concordia Electroacoustic Composers’ Group (CECG) annual concert series. He was the editor of the CECG Tape Collection catalogs “Q/Résonance” (1988) and “Q/Résonance Addendum” (1989). Jean-François Denis was a member of the organizing committee of the Festival/Conference 2001(-14) (Montreal, May 1987).

He is a founding member (1986) and the first president of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC) (1986-87; 1987-90) and the founder and first editor of the CEC publication “Contact!” (1988-90) and has edited the 1988 CEC Electroacoustic Days “Diffusion! GUIDE” and the 1989 “>convergence< GUIDE.” Jean-François Denis is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre (CMC) (1989) and a member of the Canadian League of Composers (1990).

He was awarded a fellowship grant from the Ministère des Affaires culturelles du Québec (1988), from the Canada Council (1988; 1989-90, 1993), and from the French Government (1990), was artist in residence at the studio Grame (Lyon, France, 1988), at the Media Arts program of the Banff Centre for the Arts (Banff, Alberta, 1989), and at the studio Collectif & Cie (Annecy, France, 1990).

In 1994 he was awarded the Canadian League of Composers (CLC) Prize for his exceptional commitment to Canadian composers. In 1995 he was presented the Jean A Chalmers Award for Musical Composition-Presenters’ Award for his contribution to the diffusion of new Canadian (electroacoustic music) work.

He is the director of DIFFUSION i MéDIA (1989) which produces and distributes the empreintes DIGITALes (1990), the SONARt (1992) and the No Type (2002) record labels.

Jean-François Denis is one of the three co-founders of Réseaux des arts médiatiques (1991) which produces the “Rien à voir” concerts series in Montréal. He has also been on the board of directors of the Conseil québécois de la musique (CQM) for many years, until September 1998. He is currently a member of regional council of the Canadian Music Centre — Québec Region (2001-) and on the board of directors of the Canadian Music Centre — National (2002-), Et Marianne et Simon (2001-), Les Filles électriques (2001-), and The SOCAN Foundation (2003-).

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