Collection QB / CQB 1618, CQB 1618_NUM / 2016
Pierre Alexandre Tremblay is a composer and a performer on bass guitar and sound processing devices, in solo and within various ensembles. He is a member of the London-based collective Loop. His music is released by empreintes DIGITALes and Ora.
He formally studied composition with Michel Tétreault, Marcelle Deschênes, and Jonty Harrison, bass guitar with Jean-Guy Larin, Sylvain Bolduc, and Michel Donato, analysis with Michel Longtin and Stéphane Roy, studio technique with Francis Dhomont, Robert Normandeau, and Jean Piché.
Pierre Alexandre Tremblay is Professor in Composition and Improvisation at the University of Huddersfield (England, UK). He previously worked in popular music as producer and bassist, and has a keen interest for creative coding.
He likes spending time with his family, drinking oolong tea, gazing at dictionaries, reading prose, and taking long walks. As a founding member of the no-tv collective, he does not own a working television set.
In 2016 he was awarded the Jules Léger Prize for New Chamber Music organized by the Canada Council for the Arts.
Pierre Alexandre Tremblay
Montréal (Québec), 1975
Residence: Huddersfield (England, UK)
- Performer (electric bass, laptop)
On the Web
Collection QB / CQB 1618, CQB 1618_NUM / 2016
Bruce’s Fingers / BF 133 / 2016
In the Press
Simon Cummings, 5:4, November 22, 2018For electronic music to be as accomplished as this while being so much fun is a rare combination.
Simon Cummings, 5:4, November 21, 2018… in beautiful, dreamy sequences.
Simon Cummings, 5:4, November 26, 2016… a composition masterclass in its seamless, aurally non-hierarchical interaction between acoustic and electronic…
Veneranda Paladino, Dernières nouvelles d’Alsace, May 18, 2016
[…] The only other work of substance in this concert was Pierre Alexandre Tremblay’s Bucolic & Broken. And what substance! Here, and only here, was a true demonstration of the surround capabilities of HISS. But it wasn’t just the positioning of sounds, Tremblay’s choice of sources – ranging from a scratching pencil to a boiling kettle to birdsong to a tinkling piano gesture to a woman walking her dog – were superbly imaginative, and the way these were juxtaposed into a strange structural form was unconventional but completely convincing. It wasn’t in the usual sense acousmatic, Tremblay instead presenting these sounds as found sound objects arranged into a kind of spacialised collage. But what set the piece apart from almost everything else in this concert (and, perhaps, most concerts) was its demonstration of Tremblay’s very obvious playfulness and a palpable sense of wonder at the sounds he’s working with. For electronic music to be as accomplished as this while being so much fun is a rare combination. […]
[…] In Pierre Alexandre Tremblay’s electroacoustic Un fil rouge the electronics were for the most part uncannily present – which is to say that they felt like a tangible yet invisible additional performer on stage. They manifested most prominently in a recurring motif, extending the ensemble’s tutti accents into an accelerating (and occasionally decelerating) sequence of impacts. This motif recurred so often, in fact, that it became in essence a refrain, between which were a number of episodes providing a contrast to its impetus and momentum. Though they exhibited far less energy, these episodes were the most striking moments of the piece, Tremblay more prepared to let the material drift and linger, resulting in beautiful, dreamy sequences. Even when they were pushed along, though, this episodes remained distinct in the way they seemed more ragged, the result of playful spontaneity driven by an exciting bubbling sense of abandon. […]
Friday at HCMF began with a recital by rising star cellist Seth Parker Woods. I’ve had the opportunity to see Woods play once before (at HCMF 2014) and the experience was a highly impressive one, so I was very much looking forward to seeing him in action again. He did not disappoint, performing four challenging works, two of which involved live electronics. […] The unquestionable highlight of the concert, though, was Pierre Alexandre Tremblay’s asinglewordisnotenough3 (invariant), which provided both a composition masterclass in its seamless, aurally non-hierarchical interaction between acoustic and electronic, as well as a performance masterclass in its bravura display of frantic virtuosity from Woods. The work’s narrative was excellent, progressing through a series of evolving episodes each fuelled by the cello, many of them rhythmically taut (though never sounding metrically fixed) with a tendency later to expand out into more sustained soundscapes where the cello’s material was more buoyant. Utterly thrilling, and Woods unstoppable performance was outstanding. […]
Proposés par le LabEX GREAM et l’Université de Strasbourg, une masterclass et un concert déploient la versatilité du compositeur et improvisateur québécois Pierre Alexandre Tremblay. […]