Autoportrait sur times Square

2001

In this work I wanted to represent, in metaphoric way, myself surrounded by the most obvious sympols of North American myths.  At the eclectic crossroads of faith (that theatre of good and evil), of the technology of vast social infrastructures and their celebrations, I have seen myself facing currents sometimes opposite to reason and intuition.

As if under a neon light and blown by systems addressed solely to the stupidest part of myself - under these beams of consummerisn and cretanism, I have seen myself transfigured.

Is it a new state, momentarily found through my wondering imagination?   For sure, I found myself confronted bythe paradox of my existance, sumptuously unfolding on an interior screen.  In fact, nothing had been taken away - it was still possible to be whole, to belong to one's self.


Yannick Plamondon CA

Considered one of the most gifted Quebecois composers of his generation, Yannick Plamondon was born on August 9, 1970, in Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier near Quebec City. At first self-taught, he received formal education in composition at the Quebec Music Conservatory winning a first prize with great honours. Later, he studied computer-assisted composition with Serge Provost at the Montreal Music Conservatory, obtaining a Masters Degree in 1999. He has also worked with Jonathan Harvey, Luca Francesconi, Tristan Murail and York Höller.  Plamondon’s works have been performed in Canada and abroad by ensembles such as Le Nouvel Ensemble moderne, L’Ensemble contemporain de Montréal,The SMCQ, the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, the KORE Ensemble, the Toronto New Music Concerts, Continuum Ensemble and The Esprit orchestra, the New Music Ensemble of Kiev, the Pittsburg NME, The Netherland Radio Kammerorchestre and the Klangforum Wien, to name a few.

A winner of CBC/Radio-Canada Competition for young composers in 1999, he won in 2002 the prestigious Jules-Léger Prize for Autoportrait sur Times Square, a Continuum commission. He has also won the Orchestral Music Prize of the National Arts Center in 1995 and the Prize of Forum 1998 presented by Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne. His works have been selected for the Gaudeamus 2000 Festival, for the Ton Brunyel Prize (Holland) and have been presented twice at UNESCO’s International Rostrum of Composers (2000-03.)  His works have also been recorded on ATMA, AMBEROLLA and SRC-CBC labels.

Written for diverse instrumental combinations, from solo to orchestral, Yannick Plamondon’s music is characterized by a natural gift for colour, recurrence, complex combinations, formal clarity, intertextuality, and the aspiration to aesthetically fuse lyricism and constructivism. Plamondon is also greatly preoccupied with the social renewal of the “concert formula”. To this end, and because he thinks that the realization of an idea can be formulated anew through different models or media, some of his recent endeavours have led him to work with artists from other disciplines.