Symon Henry


Symon Henry’s artistic practice is based on the interaction between three major axes in their creations, namely concert music, visual arts and poetry. This transdisciplinary approach is particularly reflected in their sound paintings—instrumental or performative graphic scores, interpreted here and thereby musicians and artists with as sinuous a journey as possible.

Their first collection of poetry, son corps parlait pour ne pas mourir, as well as their first book of sound paintings, voir dans le vent qui hurle les étoiles rire, et rire, were published in 2016 at Éditions de la Tournure. The poetry and sound paintings collection L’amour des oiseaux moches (2020, finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Awards and Émilie-Nelligan Award) represented an important culmination in their journey, having been the subject of a publication by Omri editions and a major production of the Ensemble contemporain de Montréal (ECM+).

Their visual artwork has been exhibited at Gham & Dafe, at Livart, at the Maison de la culture du Plateau-Mont-Royal, at the Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur and at the Palazzo Ducale di Lucca. Symon is currently working on an opera based on Le désert mauve, a novel by Nicole Brossard, who supports them in this process.

voir dans le vent qui hurle les étoiles rire, et rirea 40-minute work co-composed with Yannick Plamondon for the Orchestre symphonique de Québec and the marimbist Anne-Julie Caron, was presented to celebrate the inauguration of the Lassonde Pavilion of the National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec (2016).

Symon is also an independent researcher: their writings have been published on many platforms, including the Revue Circuit, the Cahiers de la SQRM, the website and the Écosystème magazine of the Chambre Blanche. They are a frequent guest speaker, as a composer and researcher, including at McGill University, Simon Fraser University, Western University, Université de Montréal, Université du Québec à Montréal and at the various Conservatoires de musique in Québec.

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Photo (c) Alexandre Turgeon Dalpé/Bijuriya

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