Creativity is at the heart of what music is all about for Luc Martin. Creating innovative sonorities, textures and shapes to enveloppe melody is what inspires Mr. Martin’s music. His music stems from a form of expanded tonality derived through the combination of non conventional modes and techniques of chordal succession patterns. The resulting sound palette includes new shades of tone and colour through sound. Mr. Martin’s music has been described as fresh, innovative, captivating and sophisticated. For Mr. Martin, what is most important is to communicate through music that is innovative and yet accessible. It is about creating something that will engage the listener and convey the essence of a given inspiration in a way that might be thought provoking.
Originally from Eastern Ontario, Mr. Martin studied music composition at the University of Ottawa with Steven Gellman and John Armstrong. During is time as a graduate student at U of O, Mr. Martin was the recipient of the Ernest Gagnon Côté scholarship and the Gaston Héon scholarship. Furthermore, Mr. Martin’s music was performed on a regular basis by his pears. Mr. Martin graduated with a Master's degree in music composition in 2004.
Recently, Mr. Martin’s talent as a composer has been in demand. In 2016, The North Bay Symphony Orchestra commissioned Mr. Martin to compose an orchestral piece to commemorate its 40th anniversary. The piece was well received and subsequently performed by the Timmins Symphony Orchestra in 2017.
Mr. Martin was also commissioned by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra to compose a Fanfare for the Sesquicentennial Mosaic Project. Hero’s Fanfare, a tribute to the first responders of the Fort McMurray wildfire, was premiered in June of 2017. Mr. Martin’s music has been performed across Canada and the US by such artists as Jean Desmarais, Julian Armour, Denise Djokic, Renée-Paule Gauthier, Zacharie Fogal, Thomas Jones, The NOVO ensemble, the Georgian Bay Symphony Orchestra and the Timmins Symphony Orchestra.
Beyond composition, Mr. Martin takes great pleasure in his role as music educator within the elementary school system. Furthermore, he enjoys an active and growing music studio. Mr. Martin also holds the position of vice-president on the board of the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, where he volunteers time and expertise as an advocate of art music.