PODCAST: Inside Berklee—Noémie Legrand '16

Bryan Parys
September 6, 2016
Noémie Legrand performating at the 2016 Osheaga Festival
Noémie Legrand '16 performing with her band Noé at the 2016 Osheaga Festival in Montreal, Canada
Image credit: Reed Silverstein

It’s been quite a year for the band Noé, who recently played a set at the Osheaga Festival in Montréal, Canada, as one of the bands chosen for a summer festival slot by the Berklee Popular Music Institute (BPMI), an immersive education program that pairs Berklee artists with music business students. And in fact, “quite a year” isn’t accurate, since the band only formed this past winter, 10 days before its debut gig at the sold-out BPMI showcase at the Sinclair Theater in Boston. “I think we only had three rehearsals as a full band before the show,” lead singer Noémie Legrand ’16 said.

So, how did a band that didn’t exist get chosen for such a high-profile show? In this episode of Inside Berklee, Legrand, a recent graduate who majored in songwriting, tells the story of how these two life-changing gigs came about, how the BPMI helped her rise to the occasion, and how she first came to music as a way to mentally recuperate from a long illness.

See a slideshow of Noé's performance at Osheaga 2016.

Producer and Engineer: Bryan Parys
Recorded during the Osheaga Festival in Montréal, Canada