Daniel Laberge
Flute on a street corner

Welcome to my street corner,

Since the spring of 2007, I 've been playing flute on the street, in public places and in the subway of Montréal.

 

I've decided to share my music with all the people who don't visit Montréal.

 

Each piece features a music video with an auto-scrolling score of what I'm playing, along with nature scenes in the background.

 

Have a musical day.

 

 

 

                                          Daniel

Flute

Mixed edition - Popular-Classical
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Beauty and the beast
Arabesque

Composer

Alan Menken

Composer

Claude Debussy

Yesterday
June - The seasons, Op. 37a

Composer

Paul McCartney

Composer

Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky

Belle - Notre Dame de Paris
Adagio - Oboe Concerto in D minor, BWV 1059r

Composer

Riccardo Cocciante

Composer

Johann Sebastian Bach

Annie's song
Hijo de la luna

Composer

John Denver

Composer

Jose Maria Cano

For all we know
La Lucrezia - HWV 145

Title

Title

La Lucrezia 
HWV 145

Composer

Fred Karlin

Composer

Georg Friedrich Händel

With you I'm born again
O mio babbino caro - from the opera "Gianni Schicchi"

Composer

David Shire

Composer

Giacomo Puccini

The rose
Fratello sole, Sorella luna

Composer

Amanda McBroom

Composer

Riziero Ortolani

Le jardin
Che farò senza Euridice - Orfeo ed Euridice

Composer

Kevin Kern

Composer

Christoph Willibald Gluck

Luna
Ave Maria

Title

Title

Composer

Romano Musumarra

Composer

Giulio Caccini/Vladimir Vavilov

You raise me up
Siciliano - Sonata in Eb, BWV 1031

Composer

Rolf Løvland

Composer

Johann Sebastian Bach

Biography as a flutist

An early start

 

My parents both played flute and music was one of their favorite activities.

I started out on the clarinet and piano, but one day I tried my mother's flute and she never saw it back.

My father taught flute at the city's music school during the week-end and my mom would replace him at times. It made no sense to pay for a babysitter, so I would attend most of the lessons they gave. I started teaching flute and music theory in my early teens.

 

 

Playing on national television at twelve years old

Wilfrid Pelletier and Daniel Laberge

Daniel Laberge with Wilfrid Pelletier, Montréal's symphonic orchestra founder.

Picture taken in Radio-Canada's Montréal television studios prior to
the recording of "Wilfrid Pelletier rencontre".

I played "Serenade" Op. 3 No. 5 by Franz Joseph Haydn in solo with a piano accompaniment.

When I was fourteen, I became a full time student at the music conservatory.

Each summer, I went to the Mount Orford musical camp where I would meet renowned musicians and professors.

I enjoyed playing flute, but I also liked the social contacts that came along.

 

 

Career choices

 

At seventeen, I was attracted by a career as a professional flutist.

Back then, there was only one way to do it; you had to play in a symphonic orchestra.

My problem was that I could not stand the conductor's authority over the musicians.

Having my boss, with a stick, grumbling in front of me at all times didn't fit my ideals of respect.

When I was eighteen, I switched from flute to conducting at the music conservatory.

One year later, I changed course again; this time I went for composition at the Université de Montréal.

Daniel Laberge at sixteen

Daniel Laberge at sixteen.

Pop, jazz and improvisation

 

Even though I was a full-time composition student, I still played flute a lot.

I found out that my music education had been very focused on reading and writing.

I had to catch up in several other aspects such as playing by ear and improvising.

I played in several jazz and pop ensembles, sometimes bringing in my own compositions or arrangements.

I have to admit that I've developed my abilities to play by ear and to improvise all by myself; by playing along recordings of my favorite pieces. No teacher has ever helped me.

 

 

The flute in the closet

 

I was now a professional composer with my own studio.

I preferred working with voice rather than flute.

I put together several bands, ensembles and duos by forming co-writing teams with singers.

I performed on stage as a keyboard player. I would occasionally play sax, but rarely flute.

Daniel Laberge playing with MollyBelle & Dax

Daniel Laberge playing with MollyBelle & Dax at the beginning of the 1990's.

Flute as an after-career

 

In 2002, I started taking long walks through the city.

I appreciated the street musicians for the ambiance and peace they brought to dull streets and subway corridors. I would encourage the ones I met.

Five years later, a mix of interest and necessity pushed me to take my flute out of the closet, where it had been for fifteen years, and to start practicing and planning a repertoire.

 

 

Still learning

 

I'm amazed that I'm still learning so much every year.

This doesn't come without some efforts; such as adding new pieces and styles.

Playing on the street can be physically demanding because you play for several hours in often hostile conditions.

I don't use any amplification for my flute, so I have to fill large spaces with sound using lung power only.

I move around while I play.

The listeners get very close to me and I appreciate this nearness.

In fact, this complicity and exchange is my main interest.

Classical Edition
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Claude Debussy

Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky

Jose Maria Cano

Georg Friedrich Händel

Riziero Ortolani

Christoph Willibald Gluck

Vocalise
Op. 34 no. 14

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Johann Sebastian Bach

Casta diva
Norma

Vincenzo Bellini

Vedro con mio diletto
Il Giustino, RV 717

Antonio Vivaldi

Sheep may safely graze
BWV 208

Johann Sebastian Bach

Je crois entendre encore
Les pêcheurs de perles

Georges Bizet

Panis Angelicus

César Franck

Pavane
Op. 50

Gabriel Fauré

Erbarme dich
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244

Johann Sebastian Bach

Giulio Caccini/Vladimir Vavilov

Ave Maria

C. Gounod/J. S. Bach

Ave Maria

Franz Schubert

Flute

Popular Edition
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Alan Menken - Walt Disney

John Denver

Fred Karlin

Here, there and everywhere

Paul McCartney - The Beatles

Sting

Kevin Kern

Romano Musumarra

André Gagnon

All the rain

Michael Masser/Peabo Bryson

Tempo di Angoscia

Ennio Morricone

Ulrik Neumann

Memory

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Hero

Mariah Carey/Walter Afanasieff

Amanda McBroom

Paul McCartney - The Beatles

My heart will go on

Titanic theme - James Horner

Con te partirò

Francesco Sartori

Georges Auric

Anonimo Veneziano

Stelvio Cipriani

Riccardo Cocciante

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Ennio Morricone

André Gagnon

Stanley Myers

Toccata

Gaston Rolland

I will always love you

The Bodyguard - Dolly Parton

Rolf Løvland

Flute

Street musician at work

Contact:

 

Daniel Laberge

C.P. Léo Pariseau, #35714

Montréal, Q.C.

H2X 0A4

Daniel Laberge

© Daniel Laberge 2012

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