Interview with Maxime Corbeil-Perron and Guillaume Barrette
Victoria to Vancouver on the CEC@25 tour
Interview from 16 November 2011 on the deck of a ferry en route to Vancouver from Victoria, where on the previous day, the westernmost event on the CEC’s 25th Anniversary tour was hosted by the University of Victoria School of Music.
Originally from Québec City, Guillaume Barrette completed his studies at Cégep de Sainte-Foy in Natural Sciences and Music. Afterwards, in order to combine his main interests, he undertook studies in electroacoustic composition at the Université de Montréal. Recipient of first prize in the 2010 SOCAN Foundation’s Awards for Young Composers as well as the third prize in 2012, he also received fourth prize in both the 2009 and 2011 editions of the CEC’s Jeu de temps / Times Play (JTTP). In 2010, he completed an enriching séjour to pursue his artistic studies at De Montfort University in England. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree around the conception of a hyperguitar as a compositional tool.
A child of rock and electronic music, Maxime Corbeil-Perron draws inspiration from the instrumental tradition and nature to create a personal, abstract, and lively sound world. The Montreal-based composer divides his time between the new music scene, video art and the local underground scene. He won first prize in the Jeu de Temps / Times Play (JTTP) competition (Canada, 2011), a special mention and medal of the Senato della Repubblica Italiana at the Città di Udine competition (Italy, 2012), second prize from the Destellos Foundation competition (Argentina, 2012) as well as a special mention from Musicworks’ International Electronic Music Contest (Canada, 2012). His music has been distributed by Taukay Edizione Musicali and Vox Novus. Maxime recently graduated with high honours from the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, with a Master’s degree in electroacoustic composition. His work has been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Québec.