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In his instrumental and mixed compositions, Jimmie LeBlanc (Québec, 1977) explores how music can be thought in terms of capture of forces and logic of sensation, particularly through such concepts as performative figure and texture. He considers the space of the musical work as a body that takes shape in all the possibilities of energy circulation it contains, thus working on the paradox of a desubjectivation of expression embodied in a singular and intense focus on the performer’s gesture. More recently, the interaction between sense and sensation, through the more explicit integration of extra-musical references to his music, characterizes his research. A graduate of the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal in composition and musical analysis, and holding a doctorate in composition from the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, his music has carved out a place for itself on local and international scenes with, among others, Ensemble Contrechamps, Esprit Orchestra, Quatuor Bozzini, Nouvel ensemble moderne, Ensemble Paramirabo, Continuum Ensemble, Camerata Aberta, the Quasar saxophone quartet, and many soloists. LeBlanc won a 3rd prize at the Lutosławski Award (2008), as well as the Jules Léger Prize for New Chamber Music (Canada Council for the Arts, 2009). He is the author of Luigi Nono et les chemins de l’écoute (L’Harmattan 2010), “Xenakis’ Aesthetics: The Paradoxes of a Formalist Intuition” (Xenakis Matters, Pendragon Press 2012), and two contributions to La création musicale au Québec (ed. Jonathan Goldman, PUM, 2014). He is in charge of the Cahier d’analyse section on the editorial board of the magazine Circuit – musiques contemporaines, and teaches composition and analysis at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal and at the Faculty of Music of Université de Montréal.