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Keiko Devaux: Biography

Keiko Devaux
1982 -
Region: Québec

Keiko Devaux

Keiko Devaux (b. 1982) is a contemporary music composer based in Montréal.

Her works have been performed in Canada, France, Germany, and Italy by various ensembles including Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Ensemble musica assoluta, Ensemble Arkea, Quartetto Prometeo, and Ensemble Wapiti among others. She composes regularly for diverse ensembles, as well as collaborates with choreographers and cinematic productions.

Her approach embraces a love of electroacoustic sounds and methodology by manipulating and distorting acoustic sound with digital tools, and then transcribing/re-transforming these back into musical notation and the acoustic realm. Her interests include emotional experience and affect, auto-organizational phenomena in nature and living beings, as well as ‘genre-blurring’ by layering and juxtaposing contrasting melodic/harmonic skeletal elements of highly contrasting sonic sources. The distortion of the temporal, frequency, and timbral attributes allow the blurring between traditional tonal sounds and more electroacoustic-inspired ‘noise’ gestures.

From 2016 to 2018, she was the composer in residence with Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (Montréal). She is the laureate of numerous prizes and awards, including the OUM composition prize (2016 and 2018), the Rotary Club Siena Award for distinction in her master courses with Salvatore Sciarrino (2018), and the Jury and Public prizes of the Accès Arkea competition (2017). She is an associate composer with the Canadian Music Centre, vice-president of the board of directors of Codes d’accès, and past organizer of the Montréal Contemporary Music Lab.

Originally from British Columbia, she began her musical career in piano performance studies as well as composing, touring, and recording several albums in independent rock bands. She holds a Bachelor’s of Music (Écriture) and a Master’s of Music in instrumental composition from the Université de Montréal. She has also studied with Maestro Salvatore Sciarrino at L’Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy (2017 and 18). She is currently pursuing her doctorate in music composition and creation at Université de Montréal under the direction of Ana Sokolovic and Pierre Michaud.