Mélissa Lavergne

Biography

Training

Mélissa Lavergne has always been a music lover. At the age of 15, a visit to a Latin
percussion shop had a real impact on her; it was the beginning of her life as a musician.
 She then took private lessons with Martin Bonin and participated in his band activities
 (Zuruba’s batucada). During the following five years, she studied Latin
 and African percussions with Marc, Michel Junior and Michel Séguin, Hans Longpré
 and Robert Dethier. She then decided to complete her studies in “Technique of Jazz
Arrangement and Latin Percussion Interpretation” at CEGEP St-Laurent. Her teachers
 were there Jean-Guy Plante (classical percussions), Philippe Keyser (drums), Luc Boivin and
 André Martin (Latin percussions). Having graduated, she pursued her studies at UQAM
 in classical percussions and in drums with Jean-Guy Plante and Pierre Hébert, studies she finished in May 2013.

She also multiplies studying trips where she could really concentrate on the various 
styles related to percussions and study with the best interpreters. Mélissa has indeed 
studied Cuban percussions with Klimax in Cayo Coco (Kosa Cuba), in Havana with
 Afro Cuban All Stars and Rumbero de Cuba, and in San Francisco with Jesus Diaz
and Michael Spiro; African percussions in Guinea with the Ballets Djoliba (Ousmane 
Sila), Balandougoukan (Sékou Keïta) and Amazones (Aly Sila) as well as flamenco in Seville with, among others, Pilar Ortega (Juan Polvillo School) and
 Carmen Ledesma (Academia Arte Flamenco of Sevilla), in addition to the intensive
 Kosa drum and percussion program she participated to in Vermont (Greg Bissonnette, 
Memo Acevedo, Michael Wimberly, Carmine Apice). She also studied frame
drumming in New York with the great Glen Velez in the spring of 2011 and went to Bali in May and June 2013 to study gamelan music. In the end, she just never stops studying… !

Besides her music studies, Mélissa Lavergne was also a dance student. After
graduating from Pierre-Laporte Secondary School with a major in classical ballet, she
 continued dancing as a member of the Sortilèges, a national folk dance group, danced in
the Nutcracker of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal and in several professional
 events and shows (Star Académie, Line 1, the Movie Song Show, L’Oreal). She stopped
 dancing professionally, but dance remains one of her greatest passions.

Professional Activities

Mélissa Lavergne has performed in several shows and events in addition to 
accompanying many artists for the last 15 years (Coke, Beat, Insolita, J’tam, Zuruba, Le Refuge, Kevin Parent, Célébration, Star Académie, Yé trop d’bonne heure, Ima, Mauvais
Sort, Aikya, Angélique Kidjo, Roch Voisine, Murray Head, Line 1, la Fête Nationale, 
le Grand Rire, Juste pour rire). One can see her perform every week on the the TV 
show Belle & Bum as she is the percussionnist of the houseband. She also joined Lara Fabian’s Le Secret Tour in October 2013 as a percussionnist and chorist.

In addition to her on-stage performances, Mélissa teaches too. Afrique en mouvements,
 Samajam, Haute-Gamme, Centre artistique Le Gardeur, the Centres Jeunesse de
 Montréal and Jam Experience are some of the establishments where she gave percussion lessons in the last
 ten years. She also formed a group of advanced students (Bélébélé) with whom she
 played all over the province of Quebec as well as in Senegal with the great griot Zale Seck, a well-known senegalese singer with whow she organised a studying trip with all her advenced students of Bélébélé in May 2012.

Acting as the spokesperson for La Grande Guignolée des Médias (2008), Pacifest 
(2008-09) and La Colonie Sainte-Jeanne-d’Arc, she is also involved in the Centres 
Jeunesse de Montréal Foundation, where she helps give free access to art (music,
dance, theatre) to youngsters. She has been selected as the multidisciplinary artist
 who represented the province at La Maison du Québec in Vancouver within the context
 of the 2010 Olympic Games, where she presented the Around Mélissa Lavergne
 show, inspired by her various study trips. She presented this same show at the 2010
 edition of the International Percussion Festival of Longueuil for which she is also the
 spokesperson since that year.

Projects

Besides her contracts as accompanying percussionist, Mélissa also has some personal
 projects which are dear to her heart: JFL (with J.F. Lemieux and Joannie Labelle), Lady Beats (with dj Abeille Gélnias and Marie-Josée Frigon), Melissa Lavergne’s House Parts, Melissa Lavergne and Belle et Bum’s Musicians and Melissa Lavergne sur demande where she makes out an exclusive concept for your event regarding your specific needs. She also wrote her first original soundtrack in 2012 for Denis Côté’s movie Vic et Flo ont vu un ours, an experience she surely wants to repeat !

Please note that Mélissa Lavergne plays the following instruments : Pearl percussions and drums, 
Sabian cymbals, Vic Firth sticks and Roland electronic percussions.

Contact

Shows & events

Groupe Phaneuf

50, rue de la barre,
Office 110
Longueuil QC J4K 5G2

T 450 651-1030
F 450 651-1038

info@phaneuf.ca
phaneuf.ca

Manager & Informations

Lucrezia Plutino, lawyer

7895, rue Notre-Dame Est
Office 210
Montréal QC H1L 3K7

T 514-293-3661
F 514-394-1959

lplutino@lpavocate.com
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