Guy LeBlanc

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Guy LeBlanc
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Guy LeBlanc during soundcheck at FMPM 2007
Background information
Birth name Guy LeBlanc
Born (1960-10-16) October 16, 1960 (age 54)
Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada
Origin Ottawa
Genres Progressive rock, Jazz fusion
Occupation(s) Keyboard Player, Songwriter, Record Producer
Years active 1975–present
Labels Xntrik Records, Mahl Productions, Camel Productions
Associated acts Nathan Mahl, Camel
Website www.guyleblanc.com [1]

Guy LeBlanc (born October 16, 1960) is a Canadian keyboardist and composer. He leads his own progressive-rock band - Nathan Mahl, and has been a member of the British progressive band Camel[1] since 2000. He produces and releases his own solo,[2] as well as Nathan Mahl's discs, and has appeared as guest keyboardist on several other releases.

Biography[edit]

Guy LeBlanc performing at Ottawa U in 2006

Born in 1960 in Moncton, New Brunswick, he began formal musical training at age 4, and ended his classical piano training at age 11, in order to concentrate on composition and modern electric music. He started playing keyboards in Rock bands at 15. He co-founded Nathan Mahl at age 20 with Mark Spenard, Don Prince and Dan Lacasse. In 1991, on a dare, he released a series of recorded improvs with 2 drummers, and dubbed the project Mahl Dynasty.[3] After reforming Nathan Mahl several times over many years through to the present, he managed to record a few of these lineups, and chose to release some of these as independent discs.[4] On the strength of his performance at NEARfest[5] 1999 with Nathan Mahl, he was invited to join the British progressive band Camel, with whom he toured in 2000-2001 and recorded the studio disc a Nod and a Wink[6] in 2002, writing a couple pieces with leader Andrew Latimer. Since late 1999, he has been producing all his discs in his own digital studio, Subversia,[7] named after his solo album from the same year. In 2001, he recorded one song with Curtis Reid on his disc Omniumgatherum.[8] In 2003, he played keys with Donnamatrix on several tracks of their Cool Lynx EP.[9] He is also recording other tracks with a few different projects, and hopes to catch up someday. In 2004, he released his second solo disc All the Rage,[10] and recorded with Nathan Mahl the opening track to Odyssey,[11] a massive 9 band collaboration spearheaded by The Finnish Progressive Music Association (Colossus) and the French label Musea. Following this first collaboration, he then composed a piece, for the Divine Comedy : Inferno 4 cd set, titled "the Comfort of Tears" (released in 2008), 2 songs performed on grand piano for the Iliad, one song (the Oval Portrait) for the Tales of Edgar Allan Poe (both released in 2010), one song (Beyond the Wall of Sleep) for the Stories of H.P. Lovecraft (released in 2012), all these for Colossus/Musea.

Guy participated in what was described as a progressive rock supergroup collaboration along with members of progressive avant-guard bands French TV and Boud Deun called The Distinguished Panel of Experts.[12] Their debut cd Trans-Indulgent[13] was released in 2009 jointly by labels Musea and Luna Negra.

In 2011, Guy joined his friend David Campbell's band the Rebel Wheel, in time for their appearance at Progday 2011.

Guy played guest keyboard spots on AraPacis' third album "Netherworld" from 2012 on the song "Crisis" and fourth album "A Disturbing Awakening" from 2014 on the song "Wanderlust".

Fall of 2013 saw the return of Camel to the stage.[14]

The Camel DVD In from the Cold, released in the Spring of 2014, was filmed at the Barbican in London on September 28th, 2013.

On June 1st 2014, Nathan Mahl's Justify is released by Unicorn Digital. [15]

Discography[edit]

Subversia (1999)[edit]

Guy LeBlanc promo pic 1999

This first solo disc[16] includes guest performances from several friends, including the widely acclaimed guitarist Scott McGill[17] (Hand Farm, Finneus Gauge and McGill-Manring-Stevens) on guitar. Winner of the best Fusion album of 1999 from Radio CFLX-FM in Sherbrooke (Délire Musicale).

Songs:

  1. The First Lie
  2. Joyride
  3. A Question of Authority
  4. The Cold Truth
  5. The Trial
  6. Subversia
  7. Home

All the Rage (2004)[edit]

Guy LeBlanc promo pic 2004

Aptly titled All the Rage[18] and composed over a 2-year period, the disc parallels the tumultuous personal events that have helped shape this artist's life and work. Each song on this 70-plus minute CD tells a story within a story, and each story exposes a search within for the answers to life and art.

Songs:

  1. Life on the Blade
  2. All the Rage
  3. Ailleurs
  4. One Sky
  5. the Silent Thread
  6. the Immortals
  7. the One who Knows
  8. Choices

References[edit]

  1. ^ Camel Productions. Camel Official Site "Timeline 2000". Retrieved 2007-12-29. 
  2. ^ Michael McCormack (2000). One-For-One. Xlibris Corporation. ISBN 0-7388-4424-1. 
  3. ^ Prognosis. Prognosis "Entry: Nathan Mahl". Retrieved 2008-01-04. [dead link]
  4. ^ Bob Eichler. Ground and Sky "Review: Mahl Dynasty - Borderline". Retrieved 2007-01-04. 
  5. ^ NEARfest Productions. NEARfest Official Site "1999 Scrapbook for Nathan Mahl". Retrieved 2007-12-29. 
  6. ^ Joe McGlinchey. Ground and Sky "Review: Camel - A Nod and a Wink". Retrieved 2007-01-05. 
  7. ^ Bob Eichler. Ground and Sky "Review: Subversia". Retrieved 2008-01-04. 
  8. ^ Clayton Walnum. "Review: Curtis Reid - Omniumgatherum". Archived from Progressive World the original on 2007-11-24. Retrieved 2008-01-04. 
  9. ^ Donnamatrix. Donnamatrix Official Soundclick "Main Artist Page". Retrieved 2008-01-04. 
  10. ^ Yves Dubé. Sea of Tranquility "Review: All the Rage". Retrieved 2008-01-04. 
  11. ^ The Finnish Progressive Music Association. Colossus Official Site "Odyssey Project". Retrieved 2007-01-05. [dead link]
  12. ^ Mike Sary. "2009 News". Retrieved 2010-05-29. 
  13. ^ Musea. "New Releases > The Distinguished Panel of Experts: Trans-Indulgent". Retrieved 2010-05-29. 
  14. ^ http://www.camelproductions.com/
  15. ^ http://www.unicorndigital.net/#!news/c21ct
  16. ^ Jerry Lucky. Ghostland "Review: Guy LeBlanc - Subversia". Retrieved 2007-01-05. 
  17. ^ Scott Mcgill. Scott Mcgill Official Site "Extended Discography 1999". Retrieved 2007-01-05. 
  18. ^ John W. Patterson. All About Jazz "Review: Guy LeBlanc - Subversia". Retrieved 2007-01-05. 

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