Noah Franche-Nolan is a pianist, improviser, composer, and educator living in Vancouver BC, situated on the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil Waututh First Nations.He has toured across Canada and Europe with Harry Vetro’s Northern Ranger Project, appeared on many records as a side-pianist, released his debut record, and has played in many notable Canadian jazz festivals and Canadian music venues. While completing a Bachelor of music through the University of Toronto with a major in jazz comprehensive piano and a minor in classical composition, Noah studied with notable composers and performers such as David Braid, Dave Restivo, John Hollenbeck, Gary Kulesha and Sasha Rapoport.
In the spring of 2018, Noah recorded a duo record with Toronto Saxophonist Harrison Argatoff, entitled “Dreaming Hears the Still”. This record featured original compositions by both members, and explored the blending of improvisation and through-composed musical passages.
As a composer and arranger, Noah has been involved in exciting cross-disciplinary collaborations that explore both the jazz and classical idioms. In 2019, Noah was the musical director, composer, and arranger for “On Foot”, which was featured and hosted by Calgary’s Decidedly Jazz Dance Company. That same year, Noah was commissioned by Alex Hetherington to compose an art song cycle for the two of them to perform in the spring of 2019. This project became “Six Poèmes de Catherine Pozzi”, an hour-long song cycle for Mezzo Soprano, Piano, Double Bass, Drums, and Trumpet.
As a whole, Noah strives to explore the blending of various musical styles in his works, as well as the blending of artistic practices when engaging in multi-disciplinary projects.
Noah’s number one goal as a music educator is to contribute to the student’s fostering of a healthy and life-enriching relationship with music, no matter their level or musical interests.