Franky Rousseau is a producer, arranger, and composer living in New York City.
Born in 1989 in Montréal, he trained as a guitarist at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. His notable credits as a producer include Fred Hersch’s “Breath by Breath” and Emma Frank’s “Come Back”. He has written for and conducted for various ensembles, such as the Reykjavík Big Band, l’Orchestre National de Jazz de Montréal, the Munich-based Jazzrausch Big Band, and the Tokyo-based Keio Light Music Society along with pianist Aaron Parks and drummer Arthur Hnatek.
He has worked in different capacities for Chris Thile, Nico Muhly, Philip Glass, Jon Batiste, Phoebe Bridgers, Kelsey Lu, and Gabriel Kahane, among others. He was the house arranger and chart-maker for the two final seasons of American Public Media's "Live From Here". He has worked on various orchestral projects involving the music of Andrew Bird, Jónsi, and Rhiannon Giddens.
As a composer, he released "Hope" in 2012, written for the pianist Austin Peralta. Along with Dominic Mekky, he wrote a multimedia music drama entitled “April”, which tells the story of a singer in her early thirties who is irreparably losing her hearing, and the ensuing toll this takes on her and her two close, but unhealthy, relationships.
He is currently in the writing and development stage of a new audio drama with collaborators Dominic Mekky and Tristan Cooley, and composing for an upcoming oratorio for the University of Notre Dame’s folk choir, led by Dr. J.J. Wright.
rousseau.franky at gmail.com