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Louise Dessertine / Bio

Louise began singing in Chœur Maha in 1991 and then became one of the founding members of Ensemble Rubia, with Jody Freeman, Catherine Herrmann and Mary Standjofski, a four-woman a cappella ensemble whose repertoire spanned continents and centuries. After composing some original pieces for Rubia, arranged for four voices, she discovered her passion and hidden talent for song writing. In 2005 she began performing solo at spoken word events, poetry readings such as Poetry Plus, and various social events, book and art launches, fund raising events. The response to her fresh, original and unassuming style has been enthusiastic. Louise sings for the sheer pleasure of it, song writing, collaborating and performing have become a vital and indispensable part of her life.

Louise composes in both English and French, the English compositions are in the folk-roots genre, emerging from her Irish and Scottish heritage, and influenced by Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot, Buffy Saint-Marie, Zap Mama and others. Her French chanson style is influenced by both Quebecois and French composers such as Felix Leclerc, Gilles Vigneault, Pauline Julien, George Brassens, Barbara, Anne Sylvestre, to name only a few. Louise has also played with musical styles from further South. With the help of guitarist Rodrigo Salazar and percussionist André Martin, she has put several songs to Son, Samba and Tango rhythms. She finds inspiration in nature, stories, small wonders and the foibles of everyday life.

Her recent musical collaborations have been with guitarist Rodrigo Salazar, www.mysapce.com/rodysalazar, pianist Samito, www.myspace.com/samitomusic, Mikha Salazar, violin and voice, and Anne-Marie Kirouac. www.myspace.com/anakirouac. and Sergiu Popa on accordeon.In the past she has performed with pianist Sylvain Bertrand, singer/songwriter Robin Gorn, percussionists André Martin, Drika Souza, www.myspace.com/dricasouza and Vovo, pianist Cory Pioveson (of Halifax) and guitarist David Delgado of Havana, Cuba.
Each collaboration has added depth and diversity to her compositions and strengthened the character of her music.

Over the last seven years Louise has performed at the Café des Arts, the Yellow Door Coffeehouse, WIRE Café, for Images des Femmes, Club Balattou, the Westmount Visual Arts Center, La Boîte Gourmande, Fables Pub in Tatamagouche, N.Sc., at the Bistro Le Parc des Princes, for the La Palabravista at the Café La Petite Marche, au Pharaon Lounge, Kazamaza, Kafé Sablo, Café des Arts, The UNIAC in Havana, Cuba, Bistro Les Bons Voisins, Pointe-Claire, Bistro Coeur du Village, St-Isidore,(Que). Bistro Café Mousse, Café Artère, and the Bistro Comme Chez Soi.

Singer/Songwriter

Louise began singing in Chœur Maha in 1991 and then became one of the founding members of Ensemble Rubia, with Jody Freeman, Catherine Herrmann and Mary Standjofski, a four-woman a cappella ensemble whose repertoire spanned continents and centuries. After composing some original pieces for Rubia, arranged for four voices, she discovered her passion and hidden talent for song-writing. In 2005 she began performing solo at spoken word events, poetry readings such as Poetry Plus, and various social events. Louise sings for the sheer pleasure of it, song-writing, collaborating and performing have become a vital and indispensable part of her life.

Louise composes in both English and French, the English compositions are in the folk-roots genre, emerging from her Irish and Scottish heritage, and influenced by Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot, Buffy Saint-Marie, Zap Mama only a few. Louise has also played with musical styles from further South. With the help of guitarist Rodrigo Salazar and percussionist André Martin, she has put several songs to Son, Samba and Tango rhythms. She finds inspiration in nature, stories, small wonders and the foibles of everyday life.

Her musical collaborations with Rodrigo Salazar, Sylvain Bertrand, Samito Robin Gorn, André Martin, Vovo, Drica Souza, Anne-Marie Kirouac, Mikhaelle Salazar, Samito Matsinhe and Sergiu Popa have brought depth and diversity to her compositions and strengthened the character of her music.

Over the last year Louise has performed at the Café des Arts, the Yellow Door Coffeehouse, WIRE Café, Le Club Balattou, the Westmount Visual Arts Center, La Boîte Gourmande, Fables Pub in Tatamagouche, N.Sc., at the Café Le Parc des Princes,Kazamaza, Café Sablo and for the La Palabravista at the Café La Petite Marche, Le petit Moulinsart, Bistro Arts Café, Café Comme chez Soi, Theatre Rialto, Bistro Au Coeur du Village, Café Mousse, UNIAC in Havana, Cuba

General Info

Band Members
Singer/songwriter Louise Dessertine, Rodrigo Salazar on guitare, Samito on piano, Anne-Marie Kirouac on percussions,
Artist Name
Louise Dessertine
Home Page
http://www.reverbnation.com/louisedessertine
Active Since
03/07
Genres
Folk / Chanson/Jazz

Contact Info

Location
Mile End, QC, CA
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