Michel, o mestre de bateria

Michel Dupire is passionnate about Brazil. This love of the country has caused him to return twenty times, on numerous scholarships, to research and learn about the various percussion instruments used in samba school baterias. Michel has demonstrated such a mastery of the rythm that Brazilians have invited him on two separate occasions to parade in the Carnaval: in Rio, in the famous Sambódromo, with the Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel samba school, and in São Paulo, with Mocidade Alegre.  Of course Michel is also a professional musician and an experienced sideman. He first studied drumset at 12, then classical and contemporary percussion at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal, to finally branch out into Pop and World music. Be it live shows, on tour or in the studio, there are few québécois or francophone artists of his generation that he hasn’t played with. To name a few: Robert Charlebois, Daniel Lavoie, Hart Rouge, Claude Léveillé, Beau Dommage, La Bottine Souriante, Daniel Bélanger, Michel Rivard, Diane Dufresne, Michel Fugain, Richard Desjardins, Ginette Reno Aretha Franklin, Ariane Moffatt and
plenty of others.

Michel has also over 150 studio albums, and many jingles, film and theatre scores to his credit.