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Artists Joker

Founded in 2012 and directed by Joane Hétu, Joker is an a cappella choir comprising a dozen vocalists. This unconventional vocal ensemble explores vocal texture and timbre; rhythmic motifs; sound poetry; and extramusical sounds like breath, babbling, and mouth noise. Joker is invested in marginal sounds, peripheral territories, and the spaces between the tones of conventional choir singing, and does so not through established repertoire, but by inventing its own language to suit. Joane Hétu guides the singers through improvisation and aleatoric music with a variety of conducting gestures, while leaving considerable space for the performers’ imagination.

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Joker

Montréal (Québec), 2012

  • Performer (choir)

Group members

The choir Joker conducted by Joane Hétu in concert at the Phenomena Festival [Photo: Robin Pineda Gould, Montréal (Québec), October 22, 2014]
The choir Joker conducted by Joane Hétu in concert at the Phenomena Festival [Photo: Robin Pineda Gould, Montréal (Québec), October 22, 2014]
  • Joker_LesLucioles: Tableau 1 — prologue sous la direction de Joane Hétu [Photo: Martin Morissette, Victoriaville (Québec), May 19, 2019]
  • Joker_LesLucioles: Tableau 1 — haïku errance — Maya Kuroki, Éric Forget [Photo: Martin Morissette, Victoriaville (Québec), May 19, 2019]
  • Joker_LesLucioles: Tableau 2 — Résistance, sous la direction de Danielle Palardy Roger [Photo: Martin Morissette, Victoriaville (Québec), May 19, 2019]
  • Joker_LesLucioles: Tableau 3 — chants des lucioles — Lori Freedman, Cléo Palacio-Quintin, Catherine Tardif [Photo: Martin Morissette, Victoriaville (Québec), May 19, 2019]
  • Joker_LesLucioles: Tableau 3 — bruits de bouche sous la direction de Jean Derome [Photo: Martin Morissette, Victoriaville (Québec), May 19, 2019]
  • Joker_LesLucioles: Tableau 3 — lumina sous la direction de Joane Hétu [Photo: Martin Morissette, Victoriaville (Québec), May 19, 2019]
  • Joker_LesLucioles: Tableau 5 — La noirceur sous la direction de Danielle Palardy Roger [Photo: Martin Morissette, Victoriaville (Québec), May 19, 2019]
  • Joker_LesLucioles: Tableau 6 — chants des lucioles.3 sous la direction de Jean Derome [Photo: Martin Morissette, Victoriaville (Québec), May 19, 2019]

Main releases

Ambiances Magnétiques / AM 234, AM 234_NUM / 2016

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