Moving Clouds Project is composed of three experienced musicians including Michel Dubeau: shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute), bass clarinet and sound effects; Julien Maugis: Fender Rhodes, synth bass, sound effects; Alain Plouffe: drums, percussion. This project is the brilliant idea of Michel Dubeau who describes it as a playful encounter between the Zen sound world of shakutachi (Japanese bamboo flute) and the electro-atmospheric grooves of keyboards, percussion and sound processing. All generated by silences and improvised moments. Zen pieces, traditional melodies, compositions and collective improvisations form the material. Always in search of new sounds, the bass clarinet was introduced recently adding a new texture to a canvas already rich in nuances and colors.
December 2018 saw the launch of a first CD entitled MOMENTS.
MICHEL DUBEAU – Native of Contrecoeur, Michel’s interest in music begins at an early age, especially in wind instruments. Having a classical and jazz training at age seventeen, he starts playing the saxophone. Over time, the flute, clarinet and bass clarinet are added. He plays with seasoned musicians such as Guy Nadon, Oliver Jones and Michel Cusson, just to name a few. For three years of his career he is multi-ventist with Gilles Vigneault and currently, he is the multiventist in Premier Ciel, a group that plays Harmonium’s music. Throughout this journey, he is the leader of several jazz and world music ensembles such as: Noar sur Blanc, Aveladeen, Quarter Night Dreamer and many others. He also specializes in several world wind instruments because of which he is invited to participate in several projects such as Cavalia, Cirque du Soleil, etc. In 2010, he receives a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts and, after a year of intensive study with the great master Alcvin Ryuzen, he receives a licence from Jun-Shihan pertaining to the Japanese flute, with the artist name Rakumon. In 2015 he goes to Japan and embarks on a pilgrimage of musical and cultural learning, pilgrimage that will bring him to harvest bamboo in the mountains of Japan. His Japanese flute master will eventually award him a master’s licence and a new artist name: Zenchiku. Summarizing Michel’s journey in a few lines is almost impossible. For many years he has been playing in many parts of the world, teaching, training musicians, moving from jazz to Celtic music, to indigenous music, to Japanese music, and today he is the instigator of a new project that embraces all his musical experience, bringing together three musicians under the name Moving Clouds Project, an innovative and promising project that will, without a doubt, surprise and charm you. His influences are John Coltrane, Jan Garbarek, Pink Floyd, Hozan Yamamoto, Peter Gabriel.
JULIEN MAUGIS – Pianist and keyboardist of great talent, Julien acquires his first piano at the age of ten since his taste for music is already obvious. Over time, this native of Montreal falls head over heels in love with this musical instrument. In the early nineties, he embraces classical training at Vincent d’Indy. His passion for music leads him to participate in many Jam sessions in Montreal and elsewhere. Around 1994, he joins a House Band performing at the Grand Café in Montreal. This band plays jazz, house as well as electro, dance music and soul. Towards the end of the 90s, the said band is part of the Rock Aquarius opera presented at the Gésu Theatre in Montreal. From approximately 2002 to 2006, he and six other musicians form a band called Soul2Love, excelling in House-Groove-Soul. In 2007, life leads Julien to the Laurentians, at Lac Masson. He continues his musical career by organizing jam sessions with other talented musicians. The latter regularly produce live and direct compositions until Julien buys a house that he then partly transforms into a music studio where he regularly receives other musicians. He performs in surrounding cafes, bars and at private events. His main influences are Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Joe Zawinul, Oscar Peterson, Chick Corea, James Brown. More recently, he is invited to join a new musical formation called Moving Clouds Project. In addition to Julien, this band is composed of two other musicians including a drummer percussionist and a flutist. This trio plays in the Laurentians and in Montreal. Julien’s remarkable talent is highlighted in a first cd launched in December 2018 entitled: MOMENTS.
ALAIN PLOUFFE – World class drummer and percussionist, Alain comes from a Québécois folk family, where in early childhood, through many beautiful animated and musical evenings, he acquires a profound taste for music. At age five, listening on television to a live concert given by the famous Gene Krupa and seeing himself in him, the dice are played: he knows what he wants to do. At the age of ten, he forms his first garage band called “The Impossible” using every possible object from which he can draw a sound. Around the age of fifteen, he is part of a standard quartet “The Lunatics,” quartet that is invited to perform at weddings, private events and at many other opportunities. At age twenty, he plays six to seven nights a week in nightclubs, where he meets the well-known musician Roger Asselin who introduces him to the Jazz Masters and with whom he begins a serious musical training. In his early thirties, his career as a musician evolves and leads him to play with American musicians such as Omer Messa from the Mandrill group, Randy Bernsen from Weather Report, Peter Ponzul who played with Jose Feliciano, to name a few from among many others. He also performs on cruise ships, namely in Florida and in the Caribbean. From his forties on, he comes back home to play with a repertoire of excellent local musicians, however, allowing himself short escapades in Thailand, in Hong Kong where many musicians ask him to joint their group. But nostalgia of the country brings him back home where he continues his career. Throughout his musical journey, he has continued to encourage young talents, opening them to the creativity of the present moment. On a more personal note, Alain is a deeply human and spiritual man, very generous in heart and mind, an inspiration for all those who have the privilege of knowing him and being in his company. These days, he is part of a new and very promising project called «Moving Clouds.» The corresponding CD is entitled: MOMENTS.