Biography

Photo : Vivian Doan

Louise Campbell is a Montreal-based musician whose professional hats range from clarinettist to conductor, community arts facilitator to musicians’ health therapist. As a performer, improviser and composer, Louise seeks to interrogate and renew the ways in which we make music by creating new works with everyone, regardless of age, ability, level of prior experience, or training. Her specializations include improvisation and creation with untrained (aka ‘amateur’) musicians, improvised conducting, cross-disciplinary creation, commissioned works, and public engagement. She has toured as a performer, guest artist, and lecturer of improvised and composed musics across Canada, the US, France, Germany, and Brazil.

Career highlights include collaborations with

  • In Extensio: her ensemble with whom she co-creates and commissions new works
  • Ian Ferrier, spoken word artist: ongoing collaborations
  • Eryn Dace Trudell: composition and recording of music for parent and baby/toddler dance, Mama Dances, 2015
  • Camille Renarhd, choreographer/director and Benoit Dhennin, videographer: R, Agora de la danse, 2013
  • Valerie Dean and Don Reider: collaborating on and performing music for New Circus, Hope for the Haunted, 2013
  • Jeanette Pope, film director: writing and performing music for Dust, a sculptor’s journey, Festival du nouveau cinéma 2011; Berson Boys, Kodak Emerging Filmmaker Program at Cannes, 2009
  • Annie Abrahams, writer and Rebecca Barnstaple, director: creating an installation involving projected text, dance and music, l’envoyer à mars pour y trouver la quiétude, 2008

Education and Professional Affiliations

Louise holds an MMus in Clarinet Performance with a minor in Jazz from Indiana University, an MA in Music Education from McGill University, and a Certificate in Shiatsu Therapy from Institut Kinéconcept. Her primary influences include clarinettist James Campbell, jazz pedagogue David Baker, artist coach Valerie Dean, and the One Yellow Rabbit Theatre Company. Louise is a board member of ELAN English Language Arts Network, and member of the Inclusion Committee for this same organisation, member of the Public Engagement Committee of the Canadian New Music Network, and member of Le Vivier, the Guilde des musiciens et musiciennes du Québec, SOCAN and Natural Health Practitioners of Canada.