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Louise Dessertine / Bio

I think I began singing before I was born, because I remember listening to my mother’s melodious voice from far away...When I was little, I sang for comfort, to distract myself and to make other people smile. I began singing officially in Chœur Maha in 1991 and then became one of the founding members of Ensemble Rubia, with Jody Freeman, Catherine Herrmann, Mary Standjofski and Robin Gorn, a five-woman a cappella ensemble whose repertoire spanned continents and centuries. After composing some original pieces for Rubia, arranged for five voices, I discovered a passion and hidden talent for song writing. In 2005 I began performing solo at spoken word events, poetry readings and various social events, book launches, and fund raising events. The response to my fresh, original and unassuming style was enthusiastic. I sing for the sheer pleasure of it, song writing, collaborating and performing have become a vital and indispensable part of her life.

I composes in both English and French, and it is often the song and not me that decides what language it will emerge in. The English compositions are in the folk-roots genre, influenced by my Irish and Scottish heritage, along with great singer/songwriters such as by Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot, Buffy Saint-Marie, Lhasa de Sela, Nina Simone, Zap Mama and others. My French chanson style is influenced by both Quebecois and French composers such as Felix Leclerc, Gilles Vigneault, Pauline Julien, George Brassens, Anne Sylvestre and Barbara, to name only a few. I have also integrated musicality of the Southern hemisphere. With the help of guitarist Rodrigo Salazar and vocalist/violinist Mikhaelle Salazar, I have put several songs to Son, Samba and Tango rhythms. I find inspiration in nature, stories, and the small wonders and foibles of everyday life.

My compositions are a unique blend of the musical genres of Québec and the cords and rhythms of Latin and Brazilian music. This diversity is the offspring of my collaboration with guitarist/arranger Rodrigo Salazar, www.mysapce.com/rodysalazar, Mikhaëlle Salazar, violin and voice, Sergiu Popa, accordion, Olivier Salazar on keyboard and marimba and Anne-Marie Kirouac. www.myspace.com/anakirouac. In the past I have also performed with pianist Samito, www.myspace.com/samitomusic, 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 of these collaborations has added depth, diversity and playfulness to my compositions and strengthened the character of my music.

In the last couple of years, I have performed for Bistro la Petite Marche, Casa del Popolo, the Rialto Theatre, The Balattou, Café Shaïka, the Bistro Comme Chez Soi, and during the
poetry soirées La Palabrava.

In the past I have performed for Poetry Plus at the Café des Arts, the Yellow Door, at the Pharaon Lounge, Kazamaza, Kafé Sablo Coffeehouse, Bistro Les Bons Voisins, Bistro Coeur du Café Artère, WIRE Café, the Poetry Readings at the Westmount Visual Arts Center, the Bistro Le Parc des Princes, Fables Pub in Tatamagouche, N.Sc. and the UNIAC in Havana, Cuba,

General Info

Band Members
Louise Dessertine - Vocals, Rodrigo Salazar - Guitar, Sergiu Popa - Accordion, Mikhaelle Salazar - Vocals, Olivier Salazar - Piano, Anne-Marie Kirouac - Percussion
Artist Name
Louise Dessertine
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Folk / Singer/songwriter / Chanson

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Montreal, QC, CA