- Winnipeg MB Canada
Winnipeg’s Juno nominee Lianne Fournier is many things: singer/songwriter, jazz musician, composer, recording artist, and music educator. She has performed with many individuals and ensembles at various venues throughout North America. Her composition portfolio includes pieces written for big band, choirs and jazz vocal ensembles of various sizes. She has written and/or performed with The World Village Gospel Choir, The Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, The Wyrd Sisters, Camerata Nova, The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, The University of Manitoba Women’s Chorus, The Mennonite Festival Chorus and Paradigm Brass and her former group Trivocals, an innovative jazz ensemble she founded in 1992. Lianne has also teamed up with her cousins, Ginette and Christine Boulianne resulting in a beautiful, rich blend of voices and harmonies. This trio has been singing together their whole lives, whether it be professionally or at informal gatherings. She continues to perform in various combos of jazz ensembles and vocal groups, from duos to larger groups, showcasing her incredible talent as a vocal improviser and composer. As a singer/songwriter, Lianne blends her talents in folk, blues, jazz and funk resulting in a beautifully unique style.
In April 2016, The World Village Gospel Choir premiered one of Lianne’s latest original compositions and arrangements entitled Love Will Never Let You Down. In June 2014, she performed back up vocals on Stairway to Heaven with members of the choir for Heart at the MTS Centre. In February 2012, Lianne once again performed with the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra with renowned saxophonist Christine Jensen. The group performed one of Lianne’s compositions Educology and her big band arrangement of They Can’t Take That Away From Me. In May, 2010 Lianne collaborated with Janice Finlay and Michelle Grégoire for the Jazz Winnipeg series Nu Sounds at the Park Theatre featuring a variety of her original compositions. In May 2008, Lianne was commissioned by Camerata Nova for their sold-out Off the Wall concert, resulting in the creation of two wonderfully written contrasting pieces, Oh Zannah and There’s Still Time. Her songs and performance received rave reviews. In June of 2008 she was asked to perform Joni Mitchell’s song Coyote for a recreation of The Last Waltz at the West End Cultural Centre in Winnipeg, once again impressing the sold out audience. Lianne recorded and toured with The Wyrd Sisters from 1992-1999. The two albums she recorded with them, “Raw Voice” and “Inside the Dreaming” were nominated for Best roots/Traditional Albums at the 1998 and 1996 Juno Awards.
Over the years, Lianne’s formidable talent has brought her to the forefront of the Winnipeg music scene. In whatever she undertakes, she is an engaging performer.