Former Vanier Music Student Went On From Winning Honours
At Vanier To Building A World-Class Professional Career

Vanier alumnus Ric’key Pageot is a pianist, keyboardist, producer, composer, arranger, musical director, born and raised in Montreal, and presently living in Los Angeles.

Ric’key has been touring for the past seven years. He holds the honour of being the youngest musical director ever hired in the history of Cirque du Soleil at the tender age of 28. The show Delirium consisted of an impressive eleven musicians and six lead singers, among them, sensational singer and his wife, Dessy Di Lauro.

In December 2007, after more than two years of touring the US and Europe with Delirium, Ric’key left the show and moved to Los Angeles.

In April 2008, he got a call to go on tour with the one and only Madonna for her Hard Candy promo tour and her “Sticky & Sweet” world tour. He was called on to play keyboards, piano and accordion. (See photo at right)

This was the eighth concert tour by Madonna, mounted to support her eleventh studio album entitled “Hard Candy”. The show toured throughout Europe and the Americas.

The tour was Madonna’s first major venture from her new recording and business deal with Live Nation, following the Hard Candy Promo Tour, on which Ric’key worked as keyboardist as well.

The tour was described as a “rock driven dancetastic journey”.

Earlier in 2010, Ric’key toured with Diana Ross, a job he got through a connection he had with his friend Morris Hayes, keyboardist for Prince. Pageot credits Hayes as being a mentor for him and a guide in the development of their funky new swinging jazz sound. They recently finished his wife Dessy Di Lauro’s seven-song EP, Jumpin’ N’ Jivin’ – Live at the Swing House. Their next project is her new studio album.

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Some Background On Ric’key Pageot

Ric’key comes from a musical family of Haitian descent. As a child, his parents noticed his interest in the piano. They started him in private lessons in classical music at the tender age of eight.
Meanwhile, his father Fritz, who is an accomplished touring bass player, introduced Ric’key to numerous styles of music such as, jazz, soul, Latin, and rock. His brother Steve (seen at right in the photo at left) is an award-winning producer/ engineer/ musician/ composer. Steve studied classical flute, winning major music competitions around Quebec and Canada as a teenager. Steve won nothing less than a Grammy in 2004 for a song he engineered for Aretha Franklin.
By the age of twelve, Ric’key was performing in festivals with his family. He went on to study in a professional music program at the Pierre-Laporte High School of Arts in Montreal, where he continued his classical piano lessons and took advanced courses in music theory, history and ear training.

Ric’key pursued his post-high-school studies here at Vanier College majoring in music. Ric’key also continued participating in piano competitions where he became the first student in Vanier College’s history to win both “The Prix d’Expression du Quebec” in Classical and Jazz categories, in 1997 and 1998 respectively.

After college graduation, he continued his education at the renowned music faculty of McGill University where he received scholarships to pursue his studies. Ric’key says of McGill: “This is where I truly began learning the jazz language.” He was introduced to the playing of Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, and Montreal’s own Oscar Peterson. Ric’key also enrolled in advanced jazz composition and Big Band arranging courses at McGill. He completed his bachelor degree in 2003, with a major in jazz performance.

During his studies, Ric’key was already teaching piano at a local music school and gigging professionally. In little time, he acquired tremendous experience as a bandleader when he started his own original compositions Latin-jazz quartet, Jazzma in 1997. He booked his band in several venues and festivals, notably in the Montreal International Jazz Festival in 2000.

In 2001, Ric’key also began playing outside of the jazz scene in Montreal. He was being called to back up the best in the R&B/ Funk scene in the city. He has also accompanied Philadelphia’s Lizz Fields for The Montreal Funkn’Soul Festival and opened for Brian McKnight and Cesaria Evora at The Montreal Jazz Festival.

In 2002, Ric’key played keyboards in the first run of “Motown Generation”, the most successful Motown Music Review ever produced in Canada, while it ran in Quebec City.

In 2003 and 2004, he went on to tour France with recording artist, Corneille, whose album ‘Parce qu’on Vient de Loin’ has been certified double platinum in France and platinum in Canada.

Since 2003, he has been collaborating with his wife, sensational Montreal–based singer/songwriter Dessy DI Lauro (bottom left of photo at right) . Ric’key helped release Dessy’s critically acclaimed debut EP ‘A Study of a Woman’s Soul’. His credits on the album include production, composition, arranging, keyboards and background vocals. Ever since, he has also been managing her career. They performed at The Montreal International Jazz Festival in 2004, The Legendary SOB’s in New York City, Detroit’s Motor City Music Conference, Toronto’s Canadian Music Week Conference & Phemphat’s Honey Jam, The Mint and Temple Bar in Los Angeles and Cirque du Soleil’s Delirium. (More on Delirium below.)

In 2005, Ric’key started working with the Cirque Du Soleil as a musical director, keyboardist and accordionist of the show “Delirium”. Since the show’s premiere in January of 2006 in Montreal, it has played close to 200 performances in the U.S. alone.

Billboard Magazine has published official tour sales data, certifying Delirium as the 6th biggest grossing tour in North America in 2006, moving up to 3rd place, in early statistics for 2007.

Ric’key says of Delirium: “What is interesting about being part of this tour is that not only you are touring the biggest arenas like a pop band, you are also part of a theatrical performance; the costumes, the make up, the light projections, the IMAX-like scrims, all contribute to this ‘collision’ of the best of both worlds.”

In January 2008, Ric’key and Dessy decided to relocate to Los Angeles. Ric’key went on tour with Madonna to help promote her Hard Candy album, playing keyboards, piano and accordion on her “Sticky & Sweet” World tour. Early in 2010 he toured with Diana Ross before turning to studio work wth his wife Dessy Di Lauro.

Ric’key Pageot’s talent and hard work has paid off with tremendous successes in his career. We at Vanier take great pride in his accomplishments and in whatever part we played in his development.

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