Gabriel Dharmoo's musical practice encompasses composition, vocal improvisation and research.
After studying with Éric Morin at Université Laval, he completed studies in composition and analysis at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal with Serge Provost, graduating with two "Prix avec grande distinction", the highest honour to be awarded. His works have been performed in Canada, the U.S.A, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, Poland, Australia, Singapore and South Africa. He was awarded the Canada Council for the Arts Jules Léger (2017) and Robert Fleming Prize (2011), the MusCan Student Composer Competition (2017), the SOCAN Jan V. Matejcek Award (2016), the Fernand-Lindsay Prix d'Europe composition prize (2011) as well as 6 prizes from the SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers. He is an associate composer at the Canadian Music Centre as well as a member of SOCAN and the Canadian League of Composers.
Having researched Carnatic music with 4 renowned masters in Chennai (India) in 2008 and 2011, his personal style explores the theme of post-exoticism and the interplay between tradition and novelty.
His work as a singer and interdisciplinary artist led to his performative solo Anthropologies imaginaires, awarded at the Amsterdam Fringe Festival (2015) and the SummerWorks Performance Festival (2016). As a vocalist, Gabriel has sung across Canada (Montréal, Québec, Toronto, Kitchener, Guelph, Vancouver, Victoria, Banff, Winnipeg, Halifax, St. John's), in Sydney (Australia), Cardiff (Wales), Berlin and Köln (Germany), Oslo (Norway), St-Louis (USA) as well as Amsterdam and Utrecht (Netherlands). In 2013/14, a development grant from the Canada Council for the Arts allowed him to work with vocalists Phil Minton (UK) and Ute Wassermann (Germany), as well as yodel and overtone specialist Christian Zehnder (Switzerland) and beatboxer Shlomo (UK). Inspired by contrasting vocal expressions in different cultures in time and space, he conceives his voice as both a raw and a sophisticated instrument. His musical language is a blend of diverse classical, avant-garde and traditional elements, mediated by an interest in linguistics and ethno/zoomusicology.
He is currently enrolled in Concordia University's PhD "Individualized Program" with Sandeep Bhagwati (Music - Principal Supervisor), Noah Drew (Theatre) and David Howes (Anthropology of the Senses).
2018 Harry Freedman Recording Award from the Canadian Music Centre (Notre meute)
2017 Jules Léger Prize from Canada Council for the Arts (Wanmansho)
2017 1st Prize at 2017 MusCan Student Composer Competition (the fog in our poise)
2017 1st Prize at the Prix collégien de musique contemporaine (Futile Spells)
2016 Jan V. Matejcek SOCAN Award
2016 Contra Guys Award for New Performance Text at SummerWorks Performance Festival (Anthropologies imaginaires)
2015 Best International Production at Amsterdam Fringe Festival (Anthropologies imaginaires)
2015 Rhoda and Arthur Rodbell Graduate Scholarship – Concordia University
2015 3rd Prize at the Prix collégien de musique contemporaine (Vestiges d'une fable)
2013 2nd Prize at the Prix collégien de musique contemporaine (Ninaivanjali)
2012 1st Prize SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Audio-visual Composers (Durga)
2012 Finalist at the International Composition Competition Città di Udine – Taukay Edizioni Musicali (Italy) (sur les rives de)
2011 Fernand-Lindsay Award from Académie de musique du Québec's Prix d'Europe for composition
2011 Robert-Fleming Prize from Canada Council for the Arts
2010 2nd Prize Godfrey-Ridout SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers (Vaai Irandu)
2008 2nd Prize Pierre-Mercure SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers (Chapelets)
2008 2nd Prize Godfrey-Ridout SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers (Le jour de mon mariage avec Dieu)
2006 3rd Prize Sir-Ernest-MacMillan SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers (D'arts moults)
2002 1st Prize Godfrey-Ridout SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers (À l'homme)
Canadian Music Centre - Interview about Vestiges d'une fable, finalist for the Prix Collégien de musique contemporaine 2015
Canadian Music Centre - Interview about Ninaivanjali, finalist for the Prix Collégien de musique contemporaine 2013
ECM+ (Ensemble contemporain de Montréal) - Interview for the Generation 2012 project
Artist Portrait on Vocal Improvisation, by Manuela Carrillo - Goldsmiths, University of London (UK)
Podcast on Vocal Improvisation, by Allegra Young (Banff Centre)
- Gabriel Dharmoo wins prestigious Jules Leger Prize for New Chamber Music - Karly Beard. Concordia University, November 20, 2017
Story in La Scena Musicale
Interviews about learning Carnatic Music in India
- Showcasing Rarity - V. Balasubramanian. The Hindu, January 6, 2012
- Masala Canada - Wojtek Gwiazda. Radio Canada International, January 7, 2012
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