Gabriel Paquin-Buki

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Klezmer clarinet classes

Gabriel Paquin-Buki is a clarinet player renowned in the Montreal music scene for his subtle playing and diversified performances. Gabriel ia a graduate of the Université de Montréal, where he completed a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance in Jean-François Normand’s class.

In 2010, he founded Oktopus, an octet specializing in music from Eastern Europe (klezmer, Balkan), with whom he has given over 250 concerts in Quebec, Canada, and Europe. His arrangements and compositions, which can be heard on the albums Lever l’encre and Hapax, have garnered nominations for Juno and Canadian Folk Music awards. Gabriel was part of the Montreal cast of the Broadway show Indecent, presented in 2019 at the Segal Centre, and collaborates with several artists and groups on the Canadian scene.

In 2017, he decided to delve into books and complete a master’s degree in comparative literature at the Université de Montréal. In his thesis, he explored the sensitive subject of humour in the literature of the Shoah. Since then, he shares his time between music and words.