As a member of the francophone community in Quebec, it is of interest to me to open my horizons to more global initiatives whose scope and mandates are just as innovative as the causes they support. I am therefore filled with impatience and curiosity as I join the board of CNMN.
Committed musician, composer and cultural worker, Julie Richard has been actively involved in Montreal’s artistic and musical scenes for nearly 20 years. Three-time graduate in classical music, she is also versed in vocal interpretation, jazz, pop, experimental music as well as African, Gypsy, Jewish and Creole music.
Having participated in numerous tours across Canada and the United States, she participated in the SXSW festival and performed internationally in Eastern Europe, France and Colombia. Alongside her musical practice, Julie’s interdisciplinary career led her to work in the areas of artistic management, intervention psychology, and cultural research and animation. She is also known for her involvement in the programming of the Lux Magna festival and the Suoni per il Popolo festival.
Her latest project, Black Ark Orchestra, inspired her to work with fragments of musical compositions created by black musicians who predominantly came up in the United States in the 1920s. The Black Ark project aims to rehabilitate these marginalized works of classical music produced by African-American women. It is a question of finding, updating and recognizing the value of what remains of these compositions so that they do not remain forgotten, so that they can finally enter into conversation with the history of contemporary music. In composing, she does not seek to accurately reconstruct the contours of these compositions, but aims to draw a living gesture that is non-linear and simultaneously healing, transformative and creative.