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Pierre Béluse

, percussion

Percussionist and teacher Pierre Béluse, who was born in Lachine,near Montreal, in 1935, was one of the leading jazz drummers in Montreal in the early 1960s and worked with Paul Bley, Pierre Leduc, Galt MacDermot, and René Thomas, among others, and with such distinguished US musicians as Jimmy Heath. A member of the OSM (1959-80), of the SMCQ Ensemble (since 1967) and of the NACO (since 1982), he has also played in CBC orchestras and, with percussionists Guy Lachapelle and Robert Leroux, was a member of the Ensemble Polycousmie founded by Micheline Coulombe Saint-Marcoux in 1972. He gave courses at the St-Laurent Cegep (1975-78)and began teaching at McGill University in 1967. He is a founder-member of the McGill Percussion Ensemble (and was its first director), established in 1969 and he also founded the ensemble Concept Neuf (1978-81).He became president of the Quebec chapter of the Percussive Arts Society in 1979.

Pierre Béluse is also an occasional composer.

Walter's Mixed Bag
Société de musique contemporaine du Québec
January, 2007