François Laliberté is a professional drummer who has studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston.
He has made several performances in the last few years including PASIC 2010, Montreal Drum Fest 2013, 2009 and 2007, Namm Show 2015, Montreal Jazz Fest 2006 and many others. Francois is also playing with emerging Canadian groups, touring with cover bands and working as a session drummer.
Francois is currently endorsing Yamaha Drums, Evans Drumheads and ProMark Drumsticks.
-David Garibaldi ”Solid timekeeper. Good facility and very ”loose” looking hands and feet. Really creative. He’s very good!”
-Ndugu Chancler ” Feels Good. Very solid groove and time. Solo ideas are very mature.”
-Tommy Igoe ”Nice relaxed feel. Ah.. thank you for the dynamics on your solo. Well done on the solo and the time, stayed solid and you built to a lovely climax. Well done!!! I like it a lot.”
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Born in Longueuil, Québec, in 1991, François laliberté moved back to his mom’s hometown, St-Éloi, a small village on the south shore of the St-Lawrence river, aka the whale country as well the country of jazzman Alain Caron, former member of UZEB.
At age 13, François’s unique style and talent has been recognized a few times in regional contests such as Gala Vents d’ici and Secondaire en spectacle. At 14, he got a standing ovation at Kosa10, in Vermont, USA, for his interpretation of Dave Weckl’s Big B, little b. At 15, he won the First Prize of the Secondaire en spectacle contest, he has performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival under the auspices of the very first edition of the Blues Camp.
2005 has been an especially rude year for François: he lost his father. Thanks to the outstanding care of the College Ste-Annde-de-la-Pocatière authorities, namely Mr Bernier and Simard, and the teaching personal, he came through this experience just fine.
Francois has completed his high school education at Pierre Laporte in Ville Mont-Royal, where he received an excellent education in classical music. He then went to Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he made the dean’s list.
Francois also graduated as a audio engineer at Musitechnic, in Montreal.
He has won several competitions, like the PASIC 2010 International Drumset Competition and Drumset Roland V-Drum 2009, Eastern Canada Champion.
In addition, he received private lessons from outstanding musicians such as Dom Famularo, Aldo Mazza, Paul Brochu, Mario Roy and many others.
Since he belief that music is an instrument of peace, he wants to bring the peace in a planet that sorely needs some.