Musicologist Dr. Nicole Marchesseau’s research includes liminality in music cultures, the question of whether or not musical surrealism exists, particularly if we use André Breton’s definition of surrealism as “pure psychic automatism” as a launching point, and the aesthetics of Outsider Music. Publications include “Hmmronk, Skrrrrape, Schttttokkke: Automatism in Music?” in the Italian journal Gli Spazi Della Musica (2018); “Red, White, and Grey: Un-defining Popular Music in Canada” in The Spaces and Places of Canadian Popular Culture (Canadian Scholars Press, 2019); and “Jandek’s Inert Unveiling” in the anthology Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself (Ashgate, 2013). She has lectured on a wide range of topics, from Outsider Music to Op Magazine as an example of pre-web social networking to the impact of Canadian content legislation on the music industry in Canada to Milton Babbit’s music.
Nicole has performed at the piano with Jandek and Jesse Stewart, as well as with musicians and artists involved in Toronto’s Creative Music scene. She is honoured to have played in a performance of “In a Large Open Space,” a piece by her late mentor Jim Tenney at the Telus Centre for the Performing Arts as part of Nuit Blanche in 2009. Nicole’s multimedia collaborations have been featured in North America and overseas. In 2008, she and Gabrielle Gillespie, the co-creator of the film “Under My Skin: A Swarm of Bees,” were awarded the 4Talent Award for Innovation at the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival. The film was also featured at the Rendezvous with Madness Festival in Langley, British Columbia.
Nicole teaches at the Department of Communication Studies and Multimedia at McMaster University in Hamilton and has previously taught at The Department of Music Research and Composition at the Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western University and The Music Department at York University in Toronto. She has also guest lectured at Ryerson University. She currently resides in Guelph, Ontario with her husband, her two dogs Paco and Stella, and her grey and white cat Tonks.