Born into a musical family, Gisèle Ricard found herself drawn to the piano at an early age. In the mid-1960s, she undertook studies in performance and music education at Université Laval’s School of Music in Québec City. It is there that she was first introduced to electroacoustic composition. Created in 1969 by Nil Parent, the University’s electronic music studio (SMEUL) offered Québec’s francophone experimentalists a stimulating environment in which to create. In 1973, Ricard cofounded the Groupe d’interprétation de musique électroacoustique (GIMEL) with Parent, Marcelle Deschênes, and Jean Piché. The group performed in Québec and Ontario before traveling to Europe in March 1976 where it gave a series of concerts and workshops. In 1978 Ricard participated in the creation of the Association de musique actuelle de Québec (AMAQ). She then partnered with Bernard Bonnier and founded Studio Amaryllis. In 2002, until 2008, she became the general director and artistic director of the avant-garde concert presenter Erreur de type 27 (E27).
Saint-Jacques-de-Montcalm (Québec), 1944 – Quebec City (Québec), 2021
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November 11, 1982Montréal (Québec)