Performer and composer, Olivier Clements has extensively toured North America and Europe collaborating with some of Canada’s top indie rock and folk bands. Based out of no place in particular on the West Coast, Clements draws on the energy of the rugged wilderness that surrounds him to inspire his sound and compositions.
After graduating from Humber College in Toronto with a degree in contemporary music, Olivier Clements left the hustle and bustle of the ‘big city’ and returned to Vancouver Island to perform and tour with artists such as Dan Mangan, Louis-Jean Cormier, Towers and Trees, The O’Darling, Miss Emily Brown, Walk Off the Earth, and Aidan Knight. In the studio, Clements’ has worked extensively as a session trumpet/flugelhorn player and horn arranger. His horn parts can be heard on albums by Said the Whale, Northcote, Jennah Barry, Aidan Knight, Towers and Trees, The Party on High Street, and Layten Kramer.
However, Olivier Clements’ main project has been with Aidan Knight. Playing flugelhorn, wurlitzer, and synths, Clements has been touring, recording and writing with Knight since his début album “Versicolour” in 2010. With a busy international touring schedule, the band has shared the stage with Karkwa, Half Moon Run, Hey Ocean, Hannah Georgas, We Are the City, Maurice, Brasstronaut, Dave Vertessi, and Leif Vollebekk.
Clements has also performed with the Victoria Jazz Orchestra, the CBC Galaxy Rising Stars (opening for the Brian Blade Fellowship Band), the Victoria Operatic Society, the Victoria Civic Orchestra (as guest principal trumpet), and alongside his father in the Gerry Mulligan & Chet Baker Tribute Project.