Insulèr is a group formed in Montreal by Jean-Christophe Germain (violinist, singer, pianist). Insulèr’s originality and uniqueness lies in their electronic approach to the violin and Jean-Christophe Germain’s voice, creating compositions that are often socially aware and always full of emotion. Insulèr’s concept comes from the desire to work with improvisation, composition, and writing (French and Martinique Creole). This is all done by organically combining each member’s musical influences to offer the audience a musical journey around the world. Jean-Christophe Germain started playing the violin at the Conservatoire de Sarcelles in 1983 when he was only 7. He arrived in Martinique in 1986 and won the Fin 87, the first prize from the general council of Paul Hannibal’s Petit Conservatoire. He then continued his violin studies at the Paul Rosine de Rivière Pilote Music School (with André Doens then Germain Beaubrun) until 1994. He’s very passionate about Martinique’s popular and traditional music, and more specifically jazz and improvisation. He then formed the group Insulèr to continue this improvisation, writing, and composition work, which lead to an album that was nominated 3 times for the SACEM grand prize in 2011. Insulèr plays improv jazz, embellished with enchanting traditional Caribbean rhythms.