Hay Ram in rotation on MusiMax

Posted: February 8, 2011

Since March 2010, the album Diginada by lyricist-composer Philippe Leduc has been performing solidly. First, it was nominated for the ADISQ award in the category “Album of the year – world music,” and this month the album’s first music video, Hay Ram, debuts on MusiMax.

The video, titled Hay Ram (literally, O God) is a tribute to the people in India who saved Leduc’s son Emmanuel, who miraculously survived a 1,000-metre fall in the Srinagar region of Kashmir in August 2006.

Read the press release (PDF).


Follow the Hay Ram adventure

Posted: November 4, 2010

My film crew, composed of François Jaros, Xavier Auclair, and Éric Bolduc, has just boarded a flight for New Delhi, from where they will reach their final destination, Dharamsala, a few hours later. I invite you to follow our adventure each day in this region of northern India, where most of the filming will take place for the music video Hay Ram, a piece from my most recent album, Diginada.

I composed Hay Ram to pay tribute to all of the Indians who rescued my son, Emmanuel, who miraculously survived a fall of a thousand metres in the Srinagar region of Kashmir in August 2006. All of the revenues generated by Hay Ram will be donated to the Sher-I-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences in Srinagar. You can read the story that inspired this music, and then the video, on my Web site, philippeleduc.com. You will find out about both the eternal gratitude that I owe to the Indian people and my physical absence from this shoot.

In the coming weeks, my team and I will be making available brand-new images from this mythical region and many interviews that will enable you to share the highs and lows of our odyssey, both human and artistic. The Hay Ram adventure has just begun.

More to come.


Philippe Leduc presents his new album, DIGINADA

Posted: March 23, 2010

The celebrated and eclectic composer Philippe Leduc is proud to announce the release of his new album, DIGINADA. Having achieved a rare exploit in the world of Canadian classical music – his three previous albums have sold more than 38,000 copies – Leduc once again transports listeners into a spectacular universe, with unique musical moments and rich melodies that will bring shivers of pleasure. This work, an essential for music lovers, is now available for purchase.

A multi-skilled musician, Philippe Leduc composed, arranged, programmed, and provided artistic direction for the entire album. In addition to offering twelve dazzling, enigmatic pieces imbued with spirituality, Leduc pays tribute to Société Radio-Canada, which has provided him with prestigious commissions since early in his career.

Read the press release (PDF).


'Corteo' delivers on visual splendor

Pam Kragen - Staff Writer, North County Times, Posted: January 16, 2008

Every traveling Cirque du Soleil show has its unique flavor, and "Corteo" -- in residence through mid-February at the Del Mar Fairgrounds -- is the most atmospheric and scenically beautiful of all the Cirque shows that have come before it.

While "Corteo" doesn't boast as many spectacular circus acts as "Varekai", which visited San Diego in 2004, its design is lavish and its music hypnotic. Its storyline is a bit easier to follow than most Cirque shows, and, despite its somber plot, it's packed with clowns and more comic bits than usual for children to enjoy.

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