A versatile and creative percussionist, Julien Grégoire has participated in many long-lasting musical adventures: Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Société de musique contemporaine du Québec, Transmission, the duo Traces, and of course Sixtrum have marked his journey in contemporary music over the past thirty years, in addition to his numerous concerts with the Grands Ballets Canadiens, the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal, and the chamber orchestra I Musici de Montréal.

Cultivating freedom and artistic excellence, Julien Grégoire has taught throughout his career at the Université de Montréal and it is to highlight his exceptional contribution to the contemporary music and percussion community that Sixtrum has decided to dedicate its first Carte blanche to him. This will be an opportunity to discover his talents as a composer and his sources of inspiration in the visual arts and nature, in existing and original works that will be performed by Sixtrum and former students of the Université de Montréal, where improvisation and musical theater will never be far away.

December, 20th, 8:00pm


Salle Claude-Champagne, UdM (Montreal)



Propos d’un glacier
Julien Grégoire and Guy Pelletier, orch. J. Grégoire (2022)

L’étonnant Vincent Dhavernas
Julien Grégoire, (creation 2022)

version for 12 musicians (2008), Julien Grégoire

Pulau Dewata
Claude Vivier (1977), orch. for 12 percussions by Fabrice Marandola (2008)

Drumming – part 4
Steve Reich (1970-71)



João Catalão
Julien Grégoire
Philip Hornsey

Kristie Ibrahim
Fabrice Marandola
Huizi Wang

This concert will also feature students from the Université de Montreal’s Percussion Workshop.