Sax/flute player and composer Pierre Labbé is gifted with a tirelessly inquisitive mind. He has made various forays into jazz and musique actuelle with Les Projectionnistes, L’Orkestre des Pas Perdus, Papa Boa, and Pierre Labbé Quartet. He has performed many times in several jazz and creative music festivals in Canada, the US, Mexico, and Morocco. He has released close to ten CDs. Always on the move, Labbé plays, improvises, blows, sings, composes, creates, and makes sounds for dance and theatre. He has produced incidental music for over 20 productions (Pacamambo by Wajdi Mouawad, best youth production, 2002; Les âmes sœurs by Serge Marois; Âme, a choreography by Benjamin Hatcher). The Quasar saxophone quartet commissioned him for a piece (Bocal, culasse et pavillon) premiered in 2008. For its 10th edition, the OFF Montréal Jazz Festival commissioned him for a large-scale work, Tremblement de fer, for 50 musicians, premiered in June 2009.
Labbé is the artistic director of the youth arts company Sacré Tympan. He has written and produced Pierre et le pou, a performance that blends music with storytelling and theatre of objects. The company will be touring Montréal’s Maisons de la Culture in 2009-2010. Since 1996, he has been traveling across Québec with his Contes du vent, a performance concert for young audiences. In concert, on record or while performing, Labbé is a singular artist that navigates from project to project, like a momentum catcher. His boldness and versatility as a composer and improviser are what sets him apart.