Miriodor is a Canadian musical group in the field of what is known as Rock in Opposition; the band combines jazz, progressive rock and chamber music into a powerful sound reminiscent of better known artists like Univers Zéro or Art Zoyd. Bass player Nicolas Masino came up with this description of Miriodor's music: "rock-oriented post-modern chamber music, with definite humorous overtones."
From Quebec City, Miriodor started out as a six piece in the early 1980s and moved to Montreal in 1984. Their first album Rencontres, released independently in 1986, featured flute, clarinet, violins, saxes, bass, guitars, piano, synthesizer and drums, for a very full sound of intense depth. This was followed by their self-titled Miriodor in 1988, Third Warning in 1991, Jongleries Élastiques in 1996, and Mekano in 2001, featuring some of Miriodor's best-known compositions. Their successful career saw them play at ProgScape and at the Montreal Jazz Fest in 1996, at EdgeFest in 2000, the group was invited twice to play at the prestigious NEARFest prog festival, in 2002 and a year later for their pre-show. Miriodor headlined at the Gouveia festival in Portugal in 2005. Parade+Live at NEARFest (2005) featured Swedish musician Lars Hollmer on a few tracks. Avanti! (2009) is more groove oriented while maintaining the band's signature intricate interplay.
The current lineup, as of 2013, is composed of:
- Rencontres – 1986 (self-published LP), 1998 (CD re-issue, Cuneiform Records)
- Miriodor – 1988, 1993 (CD re-issue)
- 3è Avertissement / 3rd Warning – 1991
- Jongleries Élastiques – 1996
- Mekano – 2001
- Parade + Live at NEARfest 2002 – 2005
- Avanti! – 2009
- LIVE 89 – 2009
- Cobra Fakir – 2013
- Romantic Warriors II: A Progressive Music Saga About Rock in Opposition
- Romantic Warriors II: Special Features DVD
- band history | miriodor on the Miriodor website