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Roger Waters co-founded Pink Floyd in the mid-1960s. Under his guidance as lyricist and principal composer, the group made a series of best-selling albums including The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals and The Wall. Waters conceived The Wall as an album, a show, and a film, and it achieved huge success.
In 1985 Waters left Pink Floyd to pursue a solo career. There followed albums, The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking, Radio Kaos, and Amused to Death.
Twelve years later, Waters took to the road with his In The Flesh Tour, culminating in the release of a live album and DVD. He briefly reunited with Pink Floyd for an acclaimed performance at the Live 8 concert in London’s Hyde Park in July 2005. That same year saw the completion, CD/DVD release and premiere of his opera Ça ira. From 2006-2008 Waters toured the globe with The Dark Side of the Moon Live.
In late 2009, he began to contemplate a new staging of The Wall. The Wall Live played a total of 219 dates to 41.1 million people worldwide from 2010-2013 and was the most successful tour ever by a solo artist.
Waters produced, co-directed and co-write ROGER WATERS THE WALL, which was shot during The Wall Live tour. The film had its world debut at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. ROGER WATERS THE WALL was Waters feature film directorial debut and premiered in cinemas worldwide on 29th September 2015 with CD/DVD release of the movie and soundtrack album later that year.
In May 2017, Waters releases his first new album in 25 years and opens his Us + Them tour of North America & Canada in Kansas City on the 26th May.
Julien Bilodeau is one of the most prominent composers of his generation. After obtaining two masters degrees with great distinction from the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, he furthered his studies in France and Germany, where he notably worked with Pascal Dusapin, Fausto Romitelli, and Karlheinz Stockhausen. In 2006, the Canada Council for the Arts awarded him the Robert Fleming Prize for exceptionally talented young Canadian composers. His works, whose styles and aesthetics are very diverse, have been performed around the world by leading ensembles including the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Itinéraire, Symphony Orchestra of the Americas, I Musici, Orchestre Métropolitain, and Nouvel Ensemble Moderne.
In 2011, Maestro Kent Nagano commissioned « Un cri élève nos chants »; a work premiered by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra during the opening night of the Maison Symphonique of Montreal. As a grant recipient from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Québec Research Fund, Society and Culture, Julien Bilodeau also responds to the request of several other commissioners for original compositions, arrangements and film music. His first opera, Another brick in the wall, directed by Dominic Champagne and based on the lyrics of Roger Waters The wall , was premiered in March 2017 by Opéra de Montreal.
Issued from theater, Dominic Champagne managed some hundred plays for the theater and of broadcasts on the television. He also staged three productions of the Cirque du Soleil. After Varekai in 2002, he co-directed Zumanity with René Richard Cyr in 2003 and in 2006 he mounted the magnificent LOVE in association with The Beatles in Las Vegas.
He also wrote and directed several events among which some editions of the shows of the Quebec National Day, the opening ceremony of the Games of the Francophony, the 100th anniversary of the National Monument with The Memoirs of a Ghost, and the show Hello to Léo Ferré and Félix Leclerc presented to Francofolies of Montreal to mark the twentieth anniversary of Félix’s death.