Claire Gignac

(resident in France), contralto, multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, musical director, actor, performer and theatre director. Multidisciplinary artist, she is one of the founders and artistic directors of La Nef; she performs works on creative development and directs La Nef’s creations. Throughout her eclectic career, she has gone from classical music to early music, song, jazz, world, contemporary and new music. In 1998, she joined the group Ex Machina as an actor, performer and co-creator of the shows Zulu Time, the Threepenny Opera and The Busker’s Opera, directed by Robert Lepage and presented around the world from 2000 to 2008. Since 2001, she has been creator and musical director of Les Chants d’Éros (2000), a solo peformance and recording; Musiques des Montagnes (2002), music from Greece and the Balkans; Urnos (2004), a multidisciplinary production directed by Martine Beaulne, Winner of the Opus Prize 2010-2001 – Concert of the year, New Music. In 2003, 2005 and 2007, she presented and performed La Machine à explorer le tempo, Musique de Robinet and Carnets mouillés, from the composer Robert M. Lepage. In 2006 she wrote and performed Last Kiss, a multidisciplinary solo performance. In 2008, she was the artistic director of Deserts, Winner of the Opus Prize 2007-2008 - Concert of the year – Jazz, World music. The CD, released on Fidelio Audio, was nominated at ADISQ - Best album, World Music and at CFMA - Best album, World Music and Best Group. She also signs and performs Ultreïa! (2009) and Notes de Chevet (2010), both nominated for Opus Prizes, and Îles (2011). In 2012, she signed and performed the music of Jocaste Reine by Nancy Huston, directed by Lorraine Pintal and co-produced by le Théâtre de La Bordée and TNM.
Awards: 2011 Urnos, Lauréat Prix Opus, Concert de l’année - Musique actuelle et électroacoustique;  2011, Notes de chevet, Nomination Prix Opus, Concert de l’année - Jazz et Musique du monde; 2010, Ultreïa!, Nomination Prix Opus, Concert de l’année - Jazz et Musique du Monde; 2009, Déserts, Lauréat Prix Opus, Concert de l’année - Jazz et musique du monde, Nominations Canadian Folk Music Award: Best album World Music et Best album Instrumental – Group,  Nomination ADISQ, Album de l’année - Musique du monde.
Recordings: 2011, Flûte de flûte, Victor!, Livre-cd Jeunesse, Éditions Planète rebelle, réalisation; 2009, Licorne, Livre-cd Jeunesse, Éditions Planète rebelle, réalisation; 2008, Déserts, La Nef, Fidelio Musique, FACD026; 2006, Musiques des Montagnes, La Nef, ATMA Classique, ACD2 2390; 2003, La Machine à explorer le temps, Ambiance Magnétique AM- 116CD.

Contact: www.la-nef.com | www.facebook.com/claire.gignac.5 | soundcloud.com/claire-gignac-et-cie