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Artists La Chorale Joker

Founded in 2012 and directed by Joane Hétu, La Chorale 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. La Chorale 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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La Chorale Joker

Montréal (Québec), 2012

  • Performer (choir)

Group members

The choir La Chorale Joker conducted by Joane Hétu in concert at the Phenomena Festival [Photo: Robin Pineda Gould, Montréal (Québec), October 22, 2014]
The choir La Chorale Joker conducted by Joane Hétu in concert at the Phenomena Festival [Photo: Robin Pineda Gould, Montréal (Québec), October 22, 2014]
  • La Chorale Joker [Photo: Céline Côté, March 5, 2020]
  • La Chorale Joker [Photo: Céline Côté, March 5, 2020]
  • La Chorale Joker [Photo: Céline Côté, March 5, 2020]
  • La Chorale Joker [Photo: Céline Côté, March 5, 2020]
  • La Chorale Joker [Photo: Céline Côté, March 5, 2020]
  • La Chorale Joker [Photo: Céline Côté, March 5, 2020]
  • La Chorale Joker [Photo: Céline Côté, March 5, 2020]
  • La Chorale Joker [Photo: Céline Côté, March 5, 2020]

Main releases

Ambiances Magnétiques / AM 234, AM 234_NUM / 2016

In the press

More texts

La Presse, Les ArtZé

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