A native of Contrecoeur, Michel’s interest in music begins at an early age, especially in wind instruments. Having a classical and jazz training at age seventeen, he starts playing the saxophone. Over time, the flute, clarinet and bass clarinet are added.
He plays with seasoned musicians such as Guy Nadon, Oliver Jones and Michel Cusson, just to name a few. For three years of his career he is multi-ventist with Gilles Vigneault and currently, he is the multi-ventist in Premier Ciel, a group that plays Harmonium’s music.
Throughout this journey, he is the leader of several jazz and world music ensembles such as: Noar sur Blanc, Aveladeen, Quarter Night Dreamer and many others. He also specializes in several world wind instruments because of which he is invited to participate in several projects such as Cavalia, Cirque du Soleil, etc.
In 2010, he receives a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts and, after a year of intensive study with the great master Alcvin Ryuzen, he receives a licence from Jun-Shihan pertaining to the Japanese flute, with the artist name Rakumon.
In 2015 he goes to Japan and embarks on a pilgrimage of musical and cultural learning, pilgrimage that will bring him to harvest bamboo in the mountains of Japan. His Japanese flute master will eventually award him a master’s licence and a new artist name: Zenchiku.
Summarizing Michel’s journey in a few lines is almost impossible. For many years he has been playing in many parts of the world, teaching, training musicians, moving from jazz to Celtic music, to indigenous music, to Japanese music, and today he is the instigator of a new project that embraces all his musical experience, bringing together three musicians under the name Moving Clouds Project, an innovative and promising project that will, without a doubt, surprise and charm you. A first CD is about to be made public.
His influences are John Coltrane, Jan Garbarek, Pink Floyd, Hozan Yamamoto, Peter Gabriel