Gabriel Dharmoo’s artistic approach encompasses composition, improvisation and research.
After studying composition with Éric Morin at the Faculty of Music at Laval University, he received two awards with distinction at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, in composition and analysis, in the class of Serge Provost. His works have been performed across Canada, the United States, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, Poland, Australia, Singapore and South Africa. He is a recipient of SOCAN’s Jan V. Matejcek Award (2016), the 2011 Fernand-Lindsay Composer’s Choice Award (2011), the Canada Council for the Arts (2011) Robert Fleming Award and 6 youth awards composers of the SOCAN Foundation. He is a Chartered Composer at the Canadian Music Center and a member of SOCAN and the Canadian League of Composers.
After researching carnatic music with four recognized masters in Chennai (India) in 2008 and 2011, his musical style explores the theme of post-exoticism and the interaction of the traditional with the new.
His approach as a vocalist and interdisciplinary artist led him to create the performative soloAnthropologies imaginaires, awarded at the Amsterdam Fringe Festival (2015) and the SummerWorks Performance Festival (2016). As a vocalist, Gabriel has sung across Canada (Montreal, Quebec, Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph, Vancouver, Victoria, Banff, Winnipeg, Halifax, St. John’s), Sydney (Australia), Cardiff Berlin and Cologne (Germany), as well as Amsterdam and Utrecht (the Netherlands). In 2013/14, a Canada Council for the Arts scholarship allowed him to work with vocalists Phil Minton (GB) and Ute Wassermann (Germany), as well as specialist in yodel and vocal singing Christian Zehnder (Switzerland) and the beatboxer Shlomo (GB). Inspired by the diversity of forms of vocal expression in different cultures throughout history and the world, he imagines his voice as a raw and sophisticated instrument. His musical language is an amalgam of classical, traditional and avant-garde elements, influenced by his interests in linguistics and ethno / zoomusicology.
He pursued doctoral studies at Concordia University’s Individualized Program, with Sandeep Bhagwati (Music – Senior Supervisor), Noah Drew (Theater) and David Howes (Anthropology of the Senses).