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One of my best musical arrangements

Yep! “Latibonit o” is among the most famous Haitian traditional songs. I originally arranged it for clarinet and piano. But, on this video clip, it is being played by a cellist and a pianist. Enjoy! “Latibonit o” est l’une des … [more]

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Divine Origin, a God from God I am

Divine Origin, a God from God I am–100$ This piece lasts about 1 hour 43 minutes with an introduction of 49 bars, and 7 parts 147 bars each with a different tempo and meter for each part. It is a … [more]

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Prayer of the faithful

We embrace the beauty, the goodness and the purity of the love of God, our Father, the First Source and Center, who has been living forever in the Central Isle of Paradise. We are not your foot soldiers, my Lord, … [more]

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Remembering Boulo Valcourt

Boulo Valcourt was one of the most Haitian talented musicians. He happened to be my cousin. We first met when I went to Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, for the official Baccalaureate exam, Part I. We had the French schooling … [more]

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Two tracks of konpa music

Imagine this! I just found 2 tracks of Konpa music which I have recorded around 1997: “Aladeriv”–an adaptation of the version released in “Serenade by Gifrants” and “Lanmou Blayi Sou Tchè Mwe” at the time I was leading my band … [more]

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Gifrants Konpilasyon Volim I

My latest cd is out! It is a compilation of 17 songs from several albums. Digital versions are available online. But, people can get the physical album only from this site below, or click on the front and back cover … [more]

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Article du Nouvelliste le 23 Juillet 2017

Le lien à cet article sur mon parcours en musique: Gifrants et l’âme musicale haïtienne

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“Latibonit o” for clarinet and piano

This song is one of the most famous Haitian folk songs. I have arranged it, used it as an example in my book Kantik Natif, Volim I, in order to codify the “natif” concept. It is also one among a … [more]

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Writing for a marching band

I have been approached many times regarding arranging or writing for a marching band. I have been very reluctant to do so since I do not believe that we should consider that “rigorous military underlining” for music, specially in our … [more]

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Divine Origin–a god from God I am

From the longest piece I have ever written, this 3rd movement is written in 9/4–the telling of my origin and my final destination. A testimony of the ties between God, my Father, and me! Divine Origin, a god from God … [more]

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Divinò, Pa! Romancing the 7th

Possibilities are just endless! Finding new ways to hear, play and use chords and progressions not necessarily from conventions of western music widens the horizons of musical expressions. The “natif” concept offers such a platform on which music can be … [more]

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Thinking out of the box

Interested in a different approach to chords and songwriting? We strongly suggest that you read the “Natif” page and its sub-pages. Believe me, it is worth a visit, and please, do not hesitate to send us your comments. Peace!

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Spirit Minded

It is hard for me to dissociate my faith from my compositions of classical music. I feel strongly that they are the expressions of my soul and they are taking me so much closer to God, my Father. I do … [more]

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Music, conventions and techniques

As a composer, I can hear my own compositions the way I personally hear them. I strongly believe that it is a mistake to expect any interpreter or anybody else to hear my music and understand my music exactly the … [more]

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Fritz Léandre (In Memoriam)

Many of us in the course of our life know someone whose friendship brought us fun and pleasure. In my case, it was a very talented soccer player and guitarist. I have wondered many times whether he could have been … [more]

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