Cheticamp guitarist Maxim Cormier wins International Music Award
A young Cape Breton musician is certainly making a name for himself of late.
Cheticamp guitarist Maxim Cormier has just won the International Music Award (IAMA) for Best Instrumental Composition for Le Grand Boulanger de Lest. That track appears on his 2012 self-titled debut recording.
As the award-winner in this category, Maxim will also receive approximately $1000 in music related merchandise and services.
It’s not the first recognition for Maxim’s debut recording.
Cormier won the 2013 Music Nova Scotia Award for Francophone Recording of the Year as well as garnering a Music Nova Scotia nomination for Roots Traditional Recording. Maxim was also recently given a prestigious award nomination on the national stage, being nominated for a 2013 Canadian Folk Music Award for Solo Instrumentalist of the Year.
“I was always drawn by music; I always loved music. I started playing guitar when I was 11 years old. I tend to stick to guitar, but I can get around on a few other instruments such as the mandolin and bass,” Cormier told The Oran in a conversation this week.
Maxim says the critical acclaim for his debut release has felt truly “amazing.”
Now 23 years of age, Cormier is currently in his fourth year of music studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax. The young guitarist credits his father Gervais Cormier and his teacher Scott Macmillan as two of his greatest musical influences. Maxim has been studying at Dalhousie with Macmillan.
“Working with Scott has been amazing. My Dalhousie graduation recital is April 23rd.”
Macmillan had this to say about his young protege:
“I’ve had Max for my student at Dalhousie for the last four years, and I met him when he was 12 years old and was impressed with his abilities even then. Before coming to Dalhousie he also spent time studying with Brian Doyle. Maxim is a very talented and diligent musician, self motivated and at the same time is open to my teaching direction and suggestions. He is musically intuitive, and each week he returns to his lesson constantly improving and showing his dedication to his craft.”
In recent months, Maxim has also been busy producing his second recording which is set for release this spring (2014) as well as constantly creating new music for various projects.
“We have a great gang of musicians that have worked on the project with me. This upcoming album was recorded in Dartmouth at Studio FMP, and the session was engineered by Scott Ferguson (who toured as a drummer with The Rankin Family for years). Some musicians on the session include my dad Gervais (guitar, mandolin, bass, harmonica), Scott Ferguson on drums, Chuck Bucket on drums and percussion, Ian Macmillan on marching band percussion, Ben Marmen on cello, Cassie MacDonald on fiddle, Andy Cormier on trumpet, Rankin MacInnis on the electric bagpipes and Zeph Caissie,” said Cormier.
Maxim’s influences are rooted in Celtic music, but he also listens to other contemporary music.
“I tend to gravitate towards acoustic instruments and sounds rather than electric/digital sounds. I love the energy and simplicity of traditional music, and I love the challenge involved with playing jazz and classical music. I’m always looking for new sounds. My Celtic music influences include: Scott Skinner, Turlough O’Carolan, Niel Gow and Jerry Holland.
As far as what he’s currently listening to: Chris Thile’s J.S. Bach album, 1950s Miles Davis, Troy MacGillivray’s most recent CD Tune Poets, Bill Frisell’s tribute album to John Lennon, All We Are Saying.
Maxim says his new CD, Maxim Cormier 2, is set for a release concert in Cheticamp on June 7th.
Maxim also has a house concert planned at Laurel Browne’s Bed and Breakfast in Mabou for February 23rd.
This year marked the 10th annual International Music Awards (IAMA). IAMA judges are artists and repertoire representatives from major American record labels including: Sony/BMG, EMI, Warner and Universal Music as well as top level producers and publishers. Winners will be featured on a compilation CD distributed internationally throughout the music industry, including: radio stations, record labels, film, advertising and television music supervisors.
You can purchase Maxim’s CD at bandcamp.com, iTunes, Amazon.com, Charlie’s Country Music Store (Cheticamp), Celtic Music Interpretive Center (Judique) and the Cape Breton Curiosity Shop (Sydney).
Hear music: http://maximcormier.com/music/. More about Maxim Cormier:
http://maximcormier.com/; http://www.facebook.com/cormier.maxim; https://twitter.com/MaximCormier. For more on IAMA visit: http://www.inacoustic.com/.
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