Florent Vollant Trio
Born in Maliotenam, on Quebec’s North Shore, Florent Vollant
embodies both an attachment to traditional values and a thirst for new forms. Through his music, he expresses his deep commitment to life, his love of the earth, and the hope that sustains him. His wish? “To share, and to tear down the walls of ignorance separating Aboriginal and on-Aboriginal people.” Don’t miss this marvelous and mysterious writer-composer-performer.
Florent Vollant Trio
On the North Shore, just east of Sept-Îles and not too far from the Moisie River, is situated a native reserve called Maliotenam. This is where Florent Vollant settled and grew up after leaving his birthplace in Labrador. It is also where the young Montagnais shared his attachment to traditional values and willingness to embrace modernity...
In 1984, Florent began his career as a writer-composer-performer and the very next year, he committed himself to the creation of the Festival Innu Nikamu. Since then, the festival has brought together numerous artists from many nations.
From 1989 to 1995, Florent recorded Kashtin, Innu and Akua Tuta while part of the group Kashtin. These three albums would earn him 4 Félix Awards and the chance to give shows not only in Québec and across Canada, but also in France, Belgium, South Korea, USA, Bolivia…He certainly has worldwide appeal!
Over the years, Florent has also collaborated in many other musical projects, such as the album Instinct by Richard Séguin, Arthur Lamothe’s Le Silence des fusils soundtrack, and Robbie Robertson’s The Native Americans album.
Florent is still very present in Maliotenam, where he created a recording studio doubling as a training and production centre for young native musicians. He also recorded a Christmas album, Nipaiamianan, sung in Innu, for which he took home his first Juno Award.
His creative and nomadic sensibilities have lead him to produce Katak, a new album bringing together the talents of many friends and collaborators, such as Zachary Richard, Marc Déry, Rick Haworth, Luce Dufault, Richard Séguin. Slowly and carefully crafted, this opus of warm sounds has been receiving many praises and reminds us that we have in our midst a richly talented writer-composer-performer.
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