Today, Radio-Canada is proud to announce that Philippe Brach (song), Samito (world music), Charles Richard-Hamelin (classical) and Guillaume Martineau (jazz) are the 2015-2016 RÉVÉLATIONS RADIO-CANADA.
What do Cœur de pirate, Radio Radio, Alex Nevsky, Lisa LeBlanc, Le Trio Jérôme Beaulieu, Elage Diouf and many others have in common? They were all crowned RÉVÉLATIONS RADIO-CANADA early in their careers. This personalized support program is a showcase designed to promote the talent of young artists over a year.
“RÉVÉLATIONS RADIO-CANADA was launched in 2008 increase awareness of to the most promising talents in a variety of musical styles. By spotlighting artists destined for high-profile careers, Révélations is a concrete contribution to the prestige of Francophone culture across the country,” says Marie-Philippe Bouchard, Executive Director, Music and Digital Services.
As RÉVÉLATIONS RADIO-CANADA, the four winners will benefit from increased visibility on all of the public broadcaster’s platforms. They will get a chance to perform on stage at Radio-Canada’s major partner festivals across the country, including the FrancoFolies de Montréal, the Montreal International Jazz Festival and the Festival international Nuits d’Afrique, as well as at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.
Check out the unique stories behind the 2015-2016 RÉVÉLATIONS RADIO-CANADA. Visit icimusique.ca/revelations and download a piece by each of the artists.
PHILIPPE BRACH, Song
After the launch of his first album La foire et l’ordre in 2014 and his triumphant performance at the 18th edition of Francouvertes, Philippe Brach will launch his second, highly anticipated album in the fall, produced by none other than Louis-Jean Cormier.
The Saguenay-born Philippe Brach cut his teeth with the group Buffet froid before launching his solo career in 2012. That year, he performed close to 60 times in Montreal and around the province. He thrilled audiences on the main stage of the FrancoFolies de Montréal and opened for shows by Bernard Adamus, Vincent Vallières and Les Sœurs Boulay. He took part in the Festival de la chanson de Saint-Ambroise and the Festival international de la chanson de Granby, as well as launching a self-titled EP. In 2013, he was the grand prize winner of Ma première Place des Arts, where he also won the SOCAN Best Song Award. He won three awards, including the prestigious Sirius XM Award, at the Festival en chanson de Petite-Vallée.
SAMITO, World Music
Xico-Xico is the title of Samito’s first album, due to be released next year. His songs serve up a World 2.0 mix of nostalgia and political satire, featuring energetic rhythms combined with lyrics in Portuguese, English, French and Xitswa.
A singer/songwriter born in Maputo, Mozambique, Samito Matsinhe settled in 2005 in Montreal, where he has worked with Pierre Kwenders, Nom de Plume, Radio Radio, Jahnice and Hans Wilwright. His music, inspired by an African aesthetic, explores new sounds to create uniquely textured songs. Part of Montreal’s World 2.0 movement, Samito’s music is built on a solid groove layered over with melodies and lyrics that show rare insight.
CHARLES RICHARD-HAMELIN, Classical
Winner of the Prix d’Europe and currently in the running for the prestigious International Chopin Piano Competition, Charles Richard-Hamelin stands out as one of the most promising Canadian pianists of his generation. His debut album is due for release in the fall on the Analekta label.
He recently took second prize at the 2014 Montreal International Music Competition as well as third prize and special prize for best performance of a Beethoven sonata at the Seoul International Music Competition. He also won first prize in the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s National Piano Competition, second prize at the OSM Standard Life Competition and second prize in the Canada Music Competition’s Stepping Stone.
Since spring 2014, Charles Richard-Hamelin has been a member of the Trio Hochelaga. He has been a soloist with Canada’s most renowned orchestras. Originally from Lanaudière, Charles Richard-Hamelin received his BA from McGill University in 2011 and his master’s from Yale in 2013. He is continuing his studies with André Laplante at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal.
GUILLAUME MARTINEAU, Jazz
“Ah, the way he plays piano! There’s only one Guillaume Martineau!” This comment by Joel Giberovitch, owner of Montreal’s legendary Upstairs jazz bar, is indicative of the stature that the young composer and pianist has already attained in the jazz world.
A multitalented musician, Guillaume Martineau trained with the greatest masters of classical and jazz, including Menhem Pressler, Oliver Jones and Joanne Brackeen. He received a BA from Université de Montréal, a master’s from McGill University and a Professional Diploma in jazz from Boston’s Berklee College of Music. He has performed in classical, jazz and original music concerts in the United States, France, Switzerland and Japan. In Montreal, he performed three piano marathons that lasted up to 12 uninterrupted hours!
In fall 2014, he launched Par 5 chemins, his atmospheric, cinematic first album, where he was joined by Tevet Sela (saxophone), François Jalbert (guitar), Simon Pagé (electric bass) and Raphaël Pannier (drums).
Radio-Canada would like to thank the 2014-2015 RÉVÉLATIONS RADIO-CANADA, Klô Pelgag, Kerson Leong, Emie R. Roussel and Pierre Kwenders, and pay tribute to their determination and talent.
For further details about the 2015-2016 RÉVÉLATIONS RADIO-CANADA, visit icimusique.ca/revelations.