Selkirk College, Attn: Gilles Parenteau
820 Tenth Street, Nelson BC, V1L 3C7, Canada
I’ve been performing professionally on keyboard since I was 14 years old for various venues including night clubs, conventions, concerts, cruise ships, and fashion shows in Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Panama and Japan. I’ve performed in many styles of music including pop, classical, jazz, rhythm and blues, rock, and jazz-fusion.
In addition to my credits as a performer, I have nearly two decades of experience as a professional composer. I have a long-time association with CBC Radio and TV, having scored well over 100 television episodes and every year arranging music and leading the band for a nationwide CBC Radio show showcasing Canadian talent. As well as my scores for media I’ve had the opportunity to write for a wide range of live ensembles including rock and jazz bands, as well as symphonies in Vancouver, Edmonton and Winnipeg. In 1990 I received the CBC’s “Best Song of the Year Award.”
In 2001, I travelled to L.A. and studied with renowned orchestrator, Scott Smalley (one of Hollywood’s leading orchestrators: Batman, Mission Impossible). My most recent composition credits include Dragnuts and Double Exposure and I have released two CDs (“A Gift of Music” and “Gratitude”), in which I continue my collaborations with some of BC¹s finest musicians including Alpha Yaya Dialo and Kim Kuzma. Visit my website to learn more.