Marie-Soleil Bélanger • Francois Émond • Bernard Falaise • Pascal Globensky • Sabin Hudon • Marie-Chantal Leclair • Rémi Leclerc • Nicolas Masino • Marc Petitclerc • Denis Robitaille

Over a nearly 35 year-long career, Miriodor have continuously produced music that is intricate, melodic, challenging and filled with both humour and fire.





Cuneiform 2013
RUNE 368

Cobra Fakir is the group's eighth studio album and, like all their releases, is a captivating new-music gem filled with great musicianship, terrific tunes and a distinctive and personal sound.

"The music is both entertainingly accessible and startlingly inventive, filled with more sonic details than can be grasped in a single listen." – All Music Guide

Cobra Fakir press release

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RUNE 288

Sometimes it's hard to write about an album simply because it's difficult to find new ways of saying 'amazing'. Miriodor's albums present that challenge. With a string of utterly fabulous releases already leading up to Avanti, how does one find a new way to get across the fact that Miriodor are one of the very finest new music/rock ensembles in existence? Maybe by truthfully stating that, in my opinion, Avanti is most likely their best work yet! The band have always produced music that is intricate, tuneful, challenging and filled with both fire and humor. The mixing and production were handled by member Bernard Falaise, the first time the band have done all of this work 'in house' and he has added some adventurous and interesting touches which never overwhelm the integrity of the underlying musical work, but add an additional dimension which is new for the band.

"Fortuitously placed under the sign of number seven, Miriodor’s seventh album contains seven songs which all last seven minutes or more, for a total of 60 minutes of dense and twisted music, à la Miriodor. The band, now in its 30th year of existence, has attained a level of cohesion and complicity that sometimes baffles even its more recent members, those who have only been around for 15 years or so... At the core of this production are the usual partners in crime : Bernard Falaise (guitars, stringed instruments, etc.), Pascal Globensky (keyboards, synthesizer, piano), Rémi Leclerc (drums, percussion, sampler) and Nicolas Masino (bass, keyboards). On this album, we tried to develop our playing as a quartet, so about half the album has no outside guests, no sequences and just a few overdubs. On the other pieces we are joined by Pierre "The Preacher" Labbé on tenor and barytone saxes, regular acolyte Marie-Chantal Leclair on soprano saxophone, and Maxime St-Pierre on trumpet."

"Those will younger ears will hear math-rock and post-rock in Miriodor's off-kilter time signatures and whimsically episodic arrangements; those with older ears may wonder if they're listening to a Henry Cow reunion album, made with updated equipment and more horns. Anyone with adventurous ears is sure to get a kick out of this venerable Quebecois quartet's music, which draws on nearly three decades of experience exploring the fringes of avant-pop instrumental music. Very cool." – CDHotlist

"In these challenging times, it's nice to count on something that seems to be getting better instead of worse. Miriodor have been around now for about 30 years, quite an accomplishment in itself, but perhaps more amazingly, every CD they release improves in some way upon the last. A case in point is Avanti! (Onward!), the band's seventh Cuneiform CD, released in May 2009.... On Avanti! Miriodor have climbed their highest peak yet and now stand patiently waiting for you to discover them." – David Lynch/All Music Guide

"Always inventive, always surprising and always just a little off-kilter." – ghostland.com

Avanti! press release

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RUNE 208/209

"While French Canada has acquired a reptutation as the spawning ground for out-rock groups such as Godspeed You, Black Emperor!, the region also has an impressive progressive rock tradition. Miriodor...operate in a dstinctly European Rock In Opposition vein, and their wide-ranging soundtracks for the mind feature frequent key changes and constantly mutating melodies, rhythms and moods. What makes the band so impressive is the graceful, almost effortless way they execute all their complex moves, with scarcely a trace of irony or self-cleverness." - Alternative Press

Miriodor have been making adventurous, memorable and truly entertaining instrumental rock music for 25 years, performing on guitars, keyboards, violin, saxophones, bass and drums. As Goldmine said, "Occupying a realm somewhat between the chamber rock of Univers Zero and the spry fusion of vintage Jean-Luc Ponty, with hints of Van Der Graaf Generator and Soft Machine along the way, Miriodor mostly just sounds like Miriodor...unique and forward looking." Featuring guest performances by accordionist/keyboardist Lars Hollmer (of Samla Mammas Manna), Parade is the band's sixth album and is their most impressive and inspired album yet!

In addition to Miriodor's new studio work, this album includes a second disc which features the band's complete, now legendary performance at NEARFest 2002, which was seen by a sold-out audience of 1,850 and which caused Sea Of Tranquility to comment, "Miriodor proved that complex music can still have melody and finesse. Miriodor was without a doubt one of the highlights of the festival..." This CD is the band's first ever live release.

Parade + Live at NEARfest press release

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RUNE 148

Mekano is perhaps their most impressive & entertaining work of all. Operating around the core of long-time members Pascal Globensky, Rémi Leclerc & Bernard Falaise, plus newcomers Nicolas Masino (bass & keyboards) and Marie-Chantal Leclair (saxes) & Marie-Soleil Bélanger (violin), it continues the trend that the band has adhered to since their beginning; a sound that is always developing in new and interesting ways, but that is still completely recognizable as "Miriodor".

"Mekano is the band's fifth recording in 15 years, and what makes the current band so impressive is the graceful, almost effortless way the execute all their complex musical moves, with scarcely a trace of irony or sel-conscious cleverness." – Alternative Press/Bill Tilland

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RUNE 108

Miriodor's first album, Rencontres, was originally released in an edition of 500 on vinyl only. It has been out of print for a decade, & contains the only recordings of the band in their original sextet formation. Including almost 30' of bonus material, the music here is joyful & spiritied.The music is more squarely in the progressive rock vein than their later more RIO-oriented works, with nods to the classic Quebeçois prog sound, and lovely melodies performed on violin, electric guitar, flute, sax or keyboards. Many symphonic/progressive fans think this is their best release ever, & in any event, there's a lot to enjoy here.

"...a perfect marriage between the more chamber oriented sounds of Univers Zero...and the more symphonic, woodwind-oriented sound of bands like Happy The Man and VDGG." – Exposé

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Elastic Juggling shows them honing their edge even further, using an expanded range of instruments [piano, synths, guitar, bass and drums plus saxophone and other musical guests]. One of the very few bands today whose works combines all of the hallmarks of the "R.I.O." school; adventurous and inspired compositions, rigorous musicianship, a distinct sound that is clearly their own, and a steely determination to do what they do their own way. Adventurous and precise musical statements, played with great fire, wit, drive, and spirit.

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On 3rd Warning, this Canadian instrumental trio (keyboards, sax, drums with all also using synthesizers) have managed to do what so many have tried and failed at; grafting the sound and feel of "classic" progressive onto new technology and "new music" forms. With this, their 3rd release, they developed their own high-tech sound that is truely theirs, & borrows from no one. They avoid both the traps of becoming slick/neo-progressive or sounding retro.

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On Miriodor, this Canadian instrumental trio (keyboards, sax, drums with all also using synthesizers) have managed to do what so many have tried and failed at; grafting the sound and feel of "classic" progressive onto new technology and "new music" forms. With this, their 2nd release, they developed their own high-tech sound that is truely theirs, & borrows from no one. They avoid both the traps of becoming slick/neo-progressive or sounding retro.

"Miriodor is certain to please even the most critical listener...an amazingly dense and richly textured soundfield."- Sounds Like

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Cobra Fakir
Parade + Live at NEARfest

Cobra Fakir press release
Avanti! press release
Avanti! press quotes
Parade + Live at NEARfest press release
Parade + Live at NEARfest press quotes
Miriodor press pre-2005

12/21/13: Cuneiform Year in Review: 2013
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