New article published in the "Anthropologie et Sociétés" journal
My article "Anthropologies imaginaires: A Critique of Coloniality Through Voice and Satire" was just published in "Champs sonores" ("Sound Fields"), new number of the "Anthropologie et Sociétés' journal.
The article is in French - abstract has been translated to English and Spanish.
Volume 43, number 1, 2019
Guest-edited by Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier
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This paper discusses the critical, satirical and ethical dimension of Anthropologies imaginaires (Imaginary Anthropologies), a vocal, musical and theatrical live-arts piece I created in 2014 and performed publicly in around twenty events. Alone on stage with the support of a documentary-style video projection, I sing eleven vocalizations that seemingly belong to unknown populations, whose fictional nature will be gradually revealed. The use of my voice is partially inspired by existing vocal traditions but blurred and distorted through my own self-developed experimental voice techniques. The interplay between these songs of Otherness and the increasingly problematic commentary of the five onscreen fake experts addresses current issues linked to coloniality, post-exoticism, cultural extinction, globalization, normalized racism and cultural appropriation. As a contemporary sound artist belonging to our cultural diversity, I analyze how I can use my voice, body and satire to formulate a critique of colonialism to an audience with mostly Eurocentric cultural references.
- Cultural Appropriation,
- Interdisciplinary Arts,
- Imaginary Folklore,
"À chaque ventre son monstre" Opus Award for Concert Premiere of the Year
My opera À chaque ventre son monstre, produced and presented by Ensemble Paramirabo, was awarded Concert Premiere of the Year at this years' Opus Awards (Conseil Québécois de la Musique).
"Futile Spells" part of official selection for World Music Days 2019 in Estonia
The ISCM Estonian Section (Estonian Composers' Union) recently announced works by Gabriel Dharmoo, Gordon Fitzell, Gilles Gobeil, Alice Ping Yee Ho, Nicole Lizée, and Kotoka Suzuki were selected for performance at the ISCM World Music Days 2019 in Estonia.
Futile Spells will be performed by Collegium Musicale, at Dome Church on May 4, 2019.
2 Opus Award nominations for "À chaque ventre son monstre"
My opera À chaque ventre son monstre, produced and presented by Ensemble Paramirabo, is nominated for 2 Opus Awards (Conseil Québécois de la Musique).
- Concert of the year - New music and electroacoustic music (Ensemble Paramirabo)
- Concert Premiere of the year (Gabriel Dharmoo)
Results will be announced at the Gala on Feb. 3rd, 2019, 3:30pm.
Phth: A New Experimental Voice Ensemble
Adventurous new Montreal-based vocal collective Phth brings its mind-bending fusion of improvisation, co-composition and new music interpretation to the MCML. The ensemble features some of the most adventurous vocalists in Canadian contemporary music with practices spanning from extended voice to noise, early music, experimental theatre and contemporary dance. Phth is an experimental 8-voice collective which works in different subsets: Sarah Albu, Florence Blain Mbaye, David Cronkite, Gabriel Dharmoo, Susanna Hood, Kathy Kennedy, Elizabeth Lima and Vahram Sarkissian.
Gabriel Dharmoo wins the 2018 Harry Freedman Recording Award for "Notre meute"
The Canadian Music Centre (CMC) and the Freedman family are pleased to announce that CMC Associate Composer Gabriel Dharmoo has won the 2018 Harry Freedman Recording Award for his vocal piece "Notre meute".
The Harry Freedman Recording Award was established in 2010 by the Freedman family to honor this leading figure in Canadian composition. The Award supports creative costs associated with making audio recordings for a selected Canadian composer's music. Offered every other year, the Award is the primary activity of the Harry Freedman Fund, a permanent endowment administered by the Canadian Music Centre and managed by the Ontario Arts Foundation.
Dharmoo's outreach to national and international audiences was compelling to the 2018 Award Jury. The jury (Emily Doolittle, Katherine Duncan, Vincent Ho, and Veronika Krausas) was excited by the ambition and creativity of Dharmoo's music. The theme of imaginary folklore in "Notre meute" is a central aspect of Dharmoo's practice both as a composer and performer. The award will allow Dharmoo to perform alongside a hand-picked group of singers, and devote the necessary time to an enhanced interpretation of the piece.
"Notre meute" will be recorded this summer and featured on a 2019 release (focused on Dharmoo's vocal music as a composer, performer and improviser) from the record label DAME.
Artist-Fellow for the MAI's Mentorship Program
I have been selected as one of the artist-fellows for the MAI's Mentorship Program (Montréal arts interculturels). he program's guiding objective is to foster the development – creative and professional – of artists from culturally diverse backgrounds as well as to encourage projects that are innovative and experimental in nature.
"Wanmansho" wins Canada Council for the Arts' Jules Léger Prize
Wanmansho, commissioned by Ensemble contemporain de Montréal (ECM+) with artistic director Véronique Lacroix and baritone soloist Vincent Ranallo, was awarded the Jules Léger Prize. Listen to the work:
The Jules Léger Prize for New Chamber Music ($7,500) is a competition for Canadian composers designed to encourage the creation of new chamber music and foster its performance by Canadian chamber groups.
" I feel thankful and happy, especially because Wanmansho is quite representative of my recent musical and artistic ideas pertaining to imaginary folklore, extended-voice techniques and musical dramaturgy." Gabriel Dharmoo
"the fog in our poise" wins 2017 MusCan Student Composer Competition
The CANADIAN UNIVERSITY MUSIC SOCIETY (MUSCAN) invited student composers to submit works for the annual conference of the Canadian University Music Society, held at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, May 25-27, in coordination with the annual conferences of the Canadian Association for Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centres (CAML), the Canadian Society for Traditional Music (CSTM), and the International Association for the Study of Popular Music Canada (IASPM-Canada).
1st Prize for "Futile Spells" at Prix collégien de musique contemporaine
Futile Spells was awarded the Prix Collégien de Musique Contemporaine 2017. Listen to the piece:
The gala was held on May 10, 2017 at CÉGEP de Sherbrooke. Prize were awarded by the Canadian Music Centre in Québec, Média Spec (1 st prizes), the Société québécoise de recherche en musique and CÉGEP de Sherbrooke (2nd prizes) and the FAMEQ (3rd prize) to:
Gabriel Dharmoo (1st place, $1000$ + $1500), for Futile Spells.
Christopher Goddard (2nd place, $300 + $200), for Spacious Euphony.
Olivier Gagnon (3rd place, $300), for Ciel polaire.
Portrait in VOIR magazine (in French)
Jan V. Matejcek SOCAN Award 2016
Awarded to a composer of New Classical Music for their work in 2015-16.
Award at SummerWorks Performance Festival 2016
The Contra Guys Award for New Performance Text
Winner: Gabriel Dharmoo, Imaginary Anthropologies (a.k.a. Anthropologies imaginaires)
Generously supported by two SummerWorks founders, Benj Gallander and Ben Stadelmann, the Contra Guys Award for best new performance text is a $1,500 cash prize presented to a performance-maker for an outstanding new work (script or performance text).
Tim Brady wins the 2016 Friends of Canadian Music Award...and shares it with Gabriel Dharmoo!
Every year, the Friends of Canadian Music Award honours those who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment, on a national scale, to Canadian composers and their music. The CMC and CLC jointly administer and present this award. The Friends of Canadian Music Award is divided between the recipient and an emerging composer / composition student of the recipient's choice. This split is to help support a promising young composer in the early stages of her/his career. Tim Brady has chosen to share the award with Montreal-based composer Gabriel Dharmoo.
Story in Musicworks
Honoured to have a story about my work published in Musicworks magazine
EXPERIMENTICA15 in CardiffSeptember 15, 2015
Anthropologies imaginaires has been selected, from over 800 applications, for performance at the EXPERIMENTICA15 festival, taking part between November 4 an 8 2015 in Cardiff, Wales (UK)
Award at the Amsterdam Fringe FestivalSeptember 13, 2015
I presented the show twice, September 9 and 11, at Polanentheater (Amsterdam, Netherlands).
PhD at Concordia UniversitySeptember 8, 2015
Started graduate studies at Concordia University
PhD in the "Individualized Studies" program with 3 supervisors:
- Prof. Sandeep Bhagwati, Music
- Prof. Noah Drew, Theatre
- Prof. David Howes, Anthropology of the Senses
Vocal workshop with Beñat AchiaryAugust 24-28, 2015
From August 24-28, I will be in Mulhouse (France) for Beñat Achiary's vocal workshop. This is part of the FESTIVAL MÉTÉO - MULHOUSE.