Daniel Lavoie and Laurent Guardo

Biography Daniel Lavoie and Laurent Guardo

Daniel Lavoie
born 1970 set off to conquer Quebec, which was the high spot for French song. As a beginner, despite his experiences with groups, he began singing in bars. He even went on a small tour with a group of musicians, which he called La Tournée des Grands Ducs and got to know the "Belle Province" (beautiful province). At the same period he again took a break to travel and went off to discover Europe.

One thing led to another, and in 1973 Daniel Lavoie recorder his first singles, " Marie comme", and later "S'endormir pour une rose" in 1974. However, these went unnoticed. The young singer found difficulty in identifying a repertoire, but nevertheless persisted in a direction he felt was his.

His first break came in 1975, with his first album "A court terme". But although this record marked his first success, it was only outside Canada. The track "J'ai quitté mon île" gained him a fair number of fans in France, while another song, in Portuguese, "Deixei Mihaterra" was a hit in Portugal and Brazil throughout 1976.

Success came only later in Quebec, with his second album, "Berceuse pour un Lion" in 1977. Daniel Lavoie finally made it to the radio stations. But it was later still, in 1979, that at long last the Quebec public clamoured for him and the album "Nirvana bleu". The tours multiplied and his fame at last took shape.

Laurent Guardo
A seasoned composer, musician and producer, Laurent Guardo has received numerous SOCAN awards in the „Television soundtrack“ category. His client list includes Radio-Canada, RDI, Much Music, Musimax, LCN, Canal D and Canal Vie, to name but a few.

Laurent embodies great versatility of style and loves to mix them in unusual ways. His compositions –whether for radio or television, film or advertising– are often characterized by acoustic instrumentation. „Contrary to current trends, I don't use machines to imitate instruments. If I need a cello section, I record real cellos. The same holds true for Balinese gamelans, Armenian duduks, trashy guitars, drums, whatever. I only use machines to create sounds that can't be made with real instruments, or to deconstruct the sounds of the instruments I record.“

„When you discover La Licorne Captive (The Captive Unicorn) you won't feel like you're listening to a CD, so much as entering a whole new world. One that transcends time, far from reality and civilization, with fantastical landscapes and enchanted forests.“ Philippe Delerm.

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