Jean-Louis Bleau - Conductor
Jean-Louis Bleau has been very involved in the Calgary and area arts scene for a number of years, organizing numerous concerts and music festivals while maintaining a successful career as a choral conductor. He is the artistic director of Choral Programs at Mount Royal University, where he also directs Mount Royal Artio. In addition to his work at Mount Royal University, Bleau also works at the University of Calgary directing the University of Calgary Chamber Choir.
Bleau's passion for music, especially choral music, is evident through his unique and expressive conducting style, and his enthusiastic approach to rehearsals. He is known for asking his choirs to engage difficult music, always seeking to push the members past their perceived limitations in order to produce music which — while challenging — is ultimately very rewarding.
Bleau has always sought to push the boundaries of choral music and the concert experience through unique collaborations and concert events. This has resulted in performances around a lake in the heart of Kananaskis and concert events in a planetarium, parking garages, an industrial shop and even a swimming pool. He has worked to collaborate not only with other choirs but also a variety of musicians, choreographers, dancers, synchronized swimmers and aerial gymnasts.
When not engrossed in music, Bleau can be found with his partner on their farm northwest of Calgary enjoying the mountain views and the quiet peace of the country.
Jean-Louis Bleau – Sound Artist
A sound artist, rather then a musician, is how Jean-Louis Bleau approaches the creative acoustic world he inhabits. Whether working to mold the sound of an ensemble or composing original compositions, his love of sound goes far beyond the conventional definition of music. “What many people consider to be music is far too limiting, especially when one considers the overwhelmingly vast array of sound vibrations that acoustically color our world.” As a sound artist he not only creates original works of sound art, but he has also performed as a sound poet and singer.
Constantly on the look out for new and unique sounds he has also worked to push the boundaries of the voice and other musical instruments, employing them in unique ways. His goal is to paint a picture in sound that reflects the imagery of his subject or the story being told.