Leroux was born in Montréal. He studied classical music at
Vincent d'Indy School of Music and at the University of Montreal.
He attended the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, NY where he was
exposed to World music, participating in workshops led by world class
artists. In 1978, in Montréal, he worked with Yaya Diallo in
performances and recording of the LP "Nangapè."
In 1981 Sylvain founded the group Mysterioso, dedicated to the music
of jazzman Thelonious Monk and performed at the Montréal International
Jazz Festival, 1983. At the same time, he was also a member of Bantamba
a group that broke new ground in the meeting of traditional and modern
African music. In the early nineties, he founded his own group and
released a recording: "Sylvain Leroux and the Maintenance Crew."
Since 1990, Sylvain also became active as a free lance musician in
New York, playing for many groups and dance companies in the Afro-Brazilian,
African and African-American field. In 1995, he took a trip to Conakry,
Guinea (West Africa) to study the tambin, the peculiar flute of the
Fulani people. He has become one of the rare outsiders to play this
astonishing instrument. He has recorded with: Takadja Ñ on the Juno
nominated album "Diye";
Nego Gato; Naby
Camara; Mohamed Diaby; Magbana;
Martino Atangana; Abdoulaye
Diabate; Lucia Hwong;
Emeline Michel; and on the 2005 World music masterpiece BataMbira
by Michael Spiro and Michael Williams. He leads the Fula Flute Ensemble
and the African Jazz group SOURCE.
Sylvain is also an illustrator and graphic artist. You can see some
of his work at: www.beam.to/slgraphics
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