Guillaume & the Coutu Dumonts (CA/QC)


Forever with his thumb cocked looking for the next creative thrill ride as the sun goes down, Guillaume Coutu Dumont’s music lends itself to the indigo hue of dusk, imbued with the sultry allure of jazz, the unquestioned groove of house, and the propulsion of techno.

As a solo producer, Guillaume was already causing atmospheric disturbances ahead of his debut album “Face À L’Est”, which appeared on Musique Risquée in 2007. Before the inception of his one-man band, Guillaume was moving and shaking with other protagonists via the Egg project with Julien Roy, Chic Miniature with Ernesto Ferreyra and Luci with David Fafard. All these projects share their history with the lauded Mutek festival, which Guillaume has been closely involved with since 2002.

After forging friendships with the Oslo Records and Raum Musik crews, Guillaume made a logical pilgrimage to Berlin in 2007. There has always been an undeniable leaning towards the soulful and the spiritual in Guillaume’s work, and even a move to one of the techno centres of the world could not shake him from a musical path that favours the organic, fundamental roots of dance music.

As well as his German brethren, Guillaume has a strong tie to the melting pot of the French underground house scene, having released music for Karat and eventually striking up a close working relationship with Circus Company. Fellow mainstay of the Parisian label Dave Aju can be found contributing to Guillaume’s latest venture, Guillaume Coutu Dumont & The Side Effects.

From his multifarious ventures in collaborative projects such as Egg, Chic Miniature, Luci and Destination Danger to his releases on highly-regarded labels such as Mutek, Musique Risquée, Oslo, Raum Musik and regular haunt Circus Company, it takes an energetic listener to keep up with all the output of the plucky Canadian. With newer projects including ambient outfit Muséum and his live band Guillaume Coutu Dumont & the Side Effects, there are no signs of the artistic tornado slowing down any time soon.

Presented thanks to the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts.