photo: Annie France Noël

The 2022 winner of Music NB’s “Innovator of the Year” award, Martin Daigle is an interdisciplinary performer, composer, researcher, and producer from New Brunswick, Canada. Flourishing from creative foundations as a drummer and percussionist, his diverse work as a performer, composer, and researcher pushes the boundaries between audio-visual and electro-acoustic art. Daigle’s innovative approach to percussion music utilizes electronic devices; notably, ongoing research in the development of an “augmented drum kit,” which combines acoustic drum sounds, digital samples, and visual manipulations for a truly unique result.

Well-versed as a performer and studio artist, Daigle’s artistry spans many genres including rock, jazz, and classical percussion, and has appeared in festivals including Open Ears, Halifax Jazz Festival, Acadie Rock, and many more.

Daigle’s research is currently focused on drumming balance, drum kit timbre and orchestration, and the development of haptic-enhanced drum educational tools. These projects seek to increase educational accessibility and reduce drum-related injuries. This work has been published in HAID20 and presented at the CIRMMT-OICRM-BRAMS Student Symposium, ACTOR project’s yearly conference, and various universities in North America and in Europe. Daigle has pursued artistic research at the Banff Centre, CIRMMT, and McGill University. In 2021, he released a debut solo album entitled Mossy Cobblestone. DRUM MACHINES, a much-anticipated new album further innovating technological applications, is set for release in 2023.


Drum Machines

Release Date: April 14, 2023
Catalog Number: RR8088
21st Century
Solo Instrumental
Martin Daigle skillfully unearths the melodic qualities of the drumset on DRUM MACHINES from Ravello Records, an album featuring the works of composers Pierre Alexandre Tremblay and Sylvain Pohu. Daigle, the 2022 winner of Music NB’s “Innovator of the Year” award, performs two solo pieces that feature innovative applications of technology in this release, producing unique timbres through electronic augmentations of the drumset. These unique flavors paired with Daigle’s adept musicality and inventive grooves make for a one-of-a-kind listening experience that’s sure to stir the senses.