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Hôtel Morphée

Singer-songwriter, violinist Laurence Nerbonne

Song – "Novembre est mort" - Now playing...

With Laurence Nerbonne on vocals and violin, Blaise Borboën-Léonard on violin, Pierre-Alexandre Maranda on double bass, André Pelletier on guitar and Stéphane Lemieux on drums, Hôtel Morphée is an uncompromising band that uses pop, indie and contemporary classical music influences to develop a distinctive musical world by pushing vocal and instrumental limits to create new sounds. Following in the footsteps of such popular Quebec and international artists as Karkwa, Patrick Watson, Lhasa de Sela, Portishead, Philip Glass and Dmitri Shostakovitch, the band’s melodic explorations and layered compositions have attracted considerable attention in recent months in Quebec venues such as the 2009 and 2010 Festival de l’Outaouais Émergent, Vue sur la relève, Révèle la Relève, Bourse RIDEAU, FrancoFolies de Montréal, MusiquePlus and the Granby International Song Festival, where the band reached the finals.

Laurence Nerbonne studied acoustic violin for 15 years and, at 17, switched to electric violin and started performing in bars and concert venues in and around Montreal. At 21, she began playing with a variety of pop bands with which she performed some 50 concerts in Quebec and the Western provinces, and ended up creating her own string group, Hôtel Morphée, one that would allow her to combine her main interests for music composition and vocal performance.

After taking private violin lessons for many years, Blaise Borboën-Léonard continued his training at the Montreal Conservatory of Music to fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming a composer. He later broadened his instrumental palette by taking up the viola while studying composition with Michel Gonneville as part of the Conservatory’s graduate program in instrumental composition. A coffeehouse and bar performer in a variety of bands since the age of 15, Borboën-Léonard created the progressive rock band Triton, which went on to release three albums of original compositions. In 2007, he became the official violinist of the internationally renowned avant-garde metal band Unexpect, with which he performed more than 60 European and North American concerts each year. An in-demand musician with an open musical mind and a taste for eclecticism and musical collaboration, Borboën-Léonard now shares his time between L’ensemble Allogège, Hôtel Morphée, Unexpect and Queen KA.

Dazzled by the rock star myth, André Pelletier picked up a classical guitar at the age of six. After a few years of private lessons and musical explorations, he switched to electric guitar and discovered his true passion for musical performance and composition. Variously influenced by rock, pop, jazz and alternative music, he studied jazz guitar at Montreal’s Vanier College and co-founded Éléphantine, an electropop band that released the EP Sous le règne des lampadaires in 2008 and its first full-length album (Le Bonheur en 3D) in 2009. André Pelletier has just joined Hôtel Morphée.

Stéphane Lemieux began studying the tuba in high school and took up drums at the age of 13. A mostly self-taught musician, he studied jazz drumming with Maurice Metayer, and has been a member of the experimental band Premier Mai for the past five years.

Pierre-Alexandre Maranda is currently working towards a master’s degree at the Montreal Conservatory of Music. He holds graduate and post-graduate degrees in double bass studies, and is a veteran of René Lussier and Marcel Lepage improvisation classes. He has also been first double bass for the joint Music Conservatory and University of Montreal program under the direction of Kent Nagano, and has participated in the recording of a variety film scores at INIS (Institut national de l’image et du son) under the direction of Robert Marcel Lepage. He continues his music training as part of the Musique Avenir contemporary music ensemble while teaching double bass at Polyvalente Curé-Mercure, a comprehensive school located in Mont-Tremblant, north of Montreal.

Performances/news this month
February 4 – Montreal, Il Motore
February. 11 – Montreal, Club Soda (opening for Ariel)



Novembre est mort (2010)
Hôtel Morphée (EP, 2009)

SOCAN Connection
Laurence Nerbonne has been a member since 2010