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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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To Mother Earth

My final destination is my real home. Since it is anchored on the string of eternity, time becomes a negectable constant while spiritual energy keeps nurturing all that exist in the scheme of creation . So much of that energy … [more]

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Mafwa Ginen

I have learned that God, our Father, has put some restrictions on Himself because of our existence. Still, creativity offers us, His children, endless possibilities. So it goes in music where inspirations take us on different planes. I take great … [more]

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Amazing musical intuition of the Haitian peasants

I have listened to their music. I have danced to their music. I have embraced their faith and their belief system. I have not become one of them—I have always been one of them. Why? Because just like our forefathers, … [more]

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Elixir

It is said that every second takes us to a step closer to death. But, for me, every second takes me closer to my world where I will live forever. This celebration of life invigorates my being and each one … [more]

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My warmest wishes of courage to Pope Francis

I was not born Catholic, but I grew up being one until I was 14. I endured first hand segregation and racism as a kid going to a Catholic elementary school. I intended to be a priest first. That was … [more]

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