Éric Auclair

Ableton Live, Audio Recording and Music Production, Bass Guitar, Composition, French, Improvisation, Jazz Improvisation, Apple Logic Pro, Music Theory, Upright Bass

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Accomplished bassist, composer and producer from Montreal, Canada, Eric Auclair has built a solid 30 year career performing live and in studios with some of the most acclaimed artists of the French Canadian and European musical community. Originally formed as a classical percussionist and subsequently as a jazz musician at Drummondville College in the province of Quebec, Eric’s passion for music brought him to explore many genres including Pop, Folk and World Music. Here is a list of some of Eric’s most memorable performances to date:

  • The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, as Cavalia Odysseo’s musical director.
  • A tribute to Joni Mitchell performed before Queen Elizabeth II and Joni Mitchell herself.
  • Montreal Jazz Festival with Karen Young and Bugge Wesseltoft.
  • Montreal Jazz Festival, with Michel Cusson and the Metropolitain symphonic orchestra.
  • Place des Arts, Montreal, Canada
  • Francofolies of Montreal, with Diane Tell.
  • Pierre Lapointe Album « Pierre Lapointe ».
  • Patricia Kass album « Kabaret ».
  • Daniel Bélanger album « L’Échec du matériel »

After his latest gig, a 7 year North American tour and more than 1700 shows as the musical director and bassist of one of the biggest circus shows on earth, Cavalia Odysseo, he’s now looking forward to passing on his knowledge and enthusiasm for music.

“Having fun working hard”. That’s Auclair’s motto. Make it fun acquiring the knowledge and techniques required for a musician to perform at his/her best in any context, helping to unleash the talent and potential of every student from beginners to the more advanced. His focus is to keep every technical exercise (scales, arpeggios, patterns, etc.) as musical and as engaging as possible. Developing your knowledge of music theory as well as your listening skills in order to free your creativity when it comes to improvisation or constructing bass lines. Let’s make it groove. Let’s make music.

• Musical director for Cavalia Odysseo.
• Associate degree in music from Drummondville College (Canada)
• Diploma in Sound design
• Musical director for several educational programs 

• Composer for contemporary dance programs 

• Score composer for short films produced by the NFB (National Film Board of Canada) 

• More than 30 years of experience as a teacher of private lessons and in institutions such as CEGEP de 
Drummondville (Drummondville College) 

• Jury panelist at the CALQ (Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec) 

• Independent evaluator of baccalaureate concerts and senior recitals at Université de Montréal 

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