Etienne Lépine-LaFrance

Etienne Lépine-LaFrance, Double Bassist

Etienne Lafrance, double bassist from Québec, Canada, is a curious and passionate artist with eclectic musical tastes. He is intensely interested in developing classical and improvised music and also various forms of world music.

After getting his basic music education in Québec city, he did an internship at the International François Rabbath Institute of Paris where he received the Soloist and Teacher diplomas. Enhancing the transmission of the legacy of the great master and his own experience, he teaches each summer at the Music Academy of the Domaine Forget. He also gives masterclasses abroad, including Australia and the United States.

His position of Co-Principal bassist with the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec allows him to play masterpieces of the great symphonic composers. He is also committed to making the voice of the doublebass heard and known. To this end he gives solo concerts and performs original works, transcriptions and his own compositions.

Etienne is also a member of Montreal-based Oktoecho, a world music collective. They present, among others, the show « La 5e Route Bleue » with Turkish singer and oudist Ismaïl Fencioglu. In 2009 and 2010, he had the honor of accompanying the great divas Farida Mohammad Ali (Iraq) and Lena Chamamian (Syria) at the Arabic World Festival in Montreal. He is also a sensitive accompanyist and sought-after bassist for singers. He has worked with Paule-Andrée Cassidy, Marie-Thérèze Fortin, and Gilles Vigneault, among others.

Active in jazz and improvised music, he collaborates regularly with pianist Marianne Trudel. They have performed concerts of free improvisations on the works of painters Zao Woo-Ki and Jean-Paul Riopelle. They also form, together with percussionist Patrick Graham, the Trio Lafrance-Trudel-Graham. The group presents original music combining jazz, classical and world music.

Besides music, Etienne Lafrance is a tireless canoeist. Very attached to the land and nature, each summer he travels the ancient waterways of aboriginal peoples of North America.