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Cléo Palacio-Quintin: Biography

Cléo Palacio-Quintin
1971 -
Region: Québec

Cléo Palacio-Quintin

After completing studies in classical music and jazz at Montreal’s Cégep de St-Laurent, Cléo Palacio-Quintin embarked on a career in the world of contemporary music. A meeting with the renowned flautist Robert Dick proved to be decisive, instilling in her a passion for improvisation. In 1997 Ms. Palacio-Quintin received a Masters degree from Université de Montréal, where, under Gisèle Millet, she specialized in contemporary music performance. After she completed her performance studies, her interest in creative expression led her to delve into composition as well.

Later in 1997, Ms. Palacio-Quintin traveled to Buenos Aires for a composition internship at the Centro de estudios avanzados en música contemporánea (CEAMC). A year later she was awarded an FCAR bursary, which allowed her to continue her research in Amsterdam, studying with improvisational flautist Anne Laberge. She settled in The Netherlands for close to four years, taking part in various composition internships, among others at the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Music (France) and the Dartington International School of Music (UK).Ms. Palacio-Quintin’s growing fascination for electroacoustic music led her to explore the many technical resources related to flute performance, so as explore every possible sonic dimension of the instrument.

While studying at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague’s Institute of Sonology, she extended these explorations into development of a new instrument: the hyper-flute. Interfaced to a computer and software by means of electronic sensors, the enhanced flute enabled her to compose novel electroacoustic soundscapes.This new instrument has continued to attract a great deal of interest, generating various invitations to perform (among others, from Vancouver’s Western Front and the Canadian Electronic Ensemble in Toronto) as well as funding from the Canada Council for the Arts. In addition, Ms. Palacio-Quintin was invited to demonstrate the hyper-flute during NIME03 (New Instruments for Musical Expression), an international conference held at McGill University.

Constantly seeking new means of expression and eager to create, she takes part in many premieres of new works as well as improvisational multidisciplinary performances, and composes instrumental and electroacoustic works for various ensembles. Over the past four years her compositions have been performed in The Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, the U.K., Canada and the U.S., either by herself or ensembles such as the Malle Symen recorder quartet and Het Nederlands FluitOrkest, a 32-flute orchestra (both based in The Netherlands), the Alizé flute octet and the Trio Fibonacci (Canada), and the U.S.-based ensembles Non Sequitur (a multi-instrumental sextet) and Odd Appetite (a cello/percussion duo).

Besides pursuing research, development and performance on her own instrument, Cléo Palacio-Quintin composes and performs the live-electroacoustic soundtrack for the multimedia performance installation Ofelia, el éxtasis del momento privilegiado (already presented in Cuba in June 2003 and in Montreal in February 2004). In 2004-2005 she plans to collaborate with the Montreal-based ensembles Quatuor Bozzini and Constantinople, and with the Madawaska Quartet (Toronto).

(biography excerpt courtesy of DAME - Actuelle CD)

February 2005

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