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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, October 22, 2014]
The choir Joker conducted by Joane Hétu in concert at the Phenomena Festival [Photo: Robin Pineda Gould, October 22, 2014]
  • Back row: Michel F Côté; Catherine Tardif; Pierre-Luc Senécal; Danielle Palardy Roger; Maya Kuroki; Susanna Hood; Ida Toninato. Front row: Diane Labrosse; ; ; Gabriel Dharmoo; Kathy Kennedy; Elizabeth Lima; Jean Derome; Lori Freedman; Vergil Sharkya’. Joane Hétu, direction [Photo: Céline Côté, Montréal (Québec), October 6, 2017]
  • Back row: Michel F Côté; Catherine Tardif; Pierre-Luc Senécal; Danielle Palardy Roger; Maya Kuroki; Susanna Hood; Ida Toninato. Front row: ; ; Gabriel Dharmoo; Kathy Kennedy; Elizabeth Lima; Jean Derome; Lori Freedman; Vergil Sharkya’. Joane Hétu, direction [Photo: Céline Côté, Montréal (Québec), October 6, 2017]
  • Back row: Michel F Côté; Catherine Tardif; Pierre-Luc Senécal; Danielle Palardy Roger; Maya Kuroki; Susanna Hood; Ida Toninato. Front row: ; ; ; Gabriel Dharmoo; Kathy Kennedy; Elizabeth Lima; Jean Derome; Lori Freedman; Vergil Sharkya’. Joane Hétu, direction [Photo: Céline Côté, Montréal (Québec), October 6, 2017]
  • Joker in concert at DAME: Archive / mémoire [Photo: Céline Côté, February 16, 2017]
  • Joker during a workshop at Le Vivier [Photo: Céline Côté, Montréal (Québec), October 2, 2016]
  • In concert’s Chante ta chanson Joker plays at La Vitrola [Photo: Céline Côté, June 22, 2016]
  • In concert’s Chante ta chanson Joker plays at La Vitrola [Photo: Céline Côté, June 22, 2016]
  • In concert’s Chante ta chanson Joker plays at La Vitrola [Photo: Céline Côté, June 22, 2016]

Main Releases

Ambiances Magnétiques / AM 234, AM 234_NUM / 2016

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