Bass players can also learn about Mathieu Désy’s evolving technique in his instructional booklet titled Bass vs. Gravity. The work exposes a simple approach to instrumental technique that focuses on the importance of gravity.
This vision led him to develop the polyphonic bass, a unique approach that expands the harmonic capabilities of his instrument. Using a five-string double bass with the high string tuned to D, Désy created a technique where a bass line, chords and melody are played simultaneously.
Paul Picard (percussion)
and Charles Papasoff (bass clarinet)
Mathieu shares his passion for music with the students of the jazz, pop, and classical programs at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), where he has been teaching since 2009. Recently, he also began teaching at Cégep de Saint-Laurent in Montreal. Thanks to his dedication to the double bass and its technique, he has already helped many aspiring musicians in their journey.
As a producer, Mathieu Désy most recently worked on Martin Lizotte’s album Ubiquité, on which he also played double bass in a duo with the pianist. In 2018, the album received the ADISQ and GAMIQ awards for Instrumental Album of the Year, while also earning Mathieu an ADISQ nomination for Producer of the Year.
He also shares the stage with a lot of Montreal’s artist. Here are a few of his collaborations: