Poligraf is the brainchild of Christopher Stewart who acts as its driving force, pursuing his ideal of creating original, inspiring, and challenging music in the context of a rock ensemble.
The band has been founded on February 6, 1998, and has been active in various configurations since then, except for a few short breaks here and there and a hiatus of about one year beginning in February 2003 following the dissolution of the band’s original core.
The original Poligraf (1998-2003) was characterized by frequent changes of personnel which severely compromised the band’s ability to publish the results of its efforts, but which in turn contributed to the creation of a vast reservoir of musical ideas integrating a wide variety of influences.
In contrast, the present incarnation is marked a shared willingness to develop Poligraf to its maturity.
- Christian Lavoie : drums & percussions, vocals, trumpet, vibraphone
- Miguel Puerto : guitars, keyboards, and vocals
- Christopher Stewart : guitars, keyboards, vocals, clarinet
Strongly influenced by progressive rock and drawing from a wide range of genres going from world beat and jazz fusion to symphonic music and free form improvisation, the poligrafists propose ornate musical ladders intended to help fallen angels reach their respective heavens.
Intensely bombastic or deeply introspective, beautifully simple or freakingly complex, overly dramatic or delightfully playful, the music leaves few listeners unmoved, as Poligraf uses every trick in the book to make sure that you get your wings back.
The band presently counts three members :
- Guitarist, keyboardist, and lead vocalist, Christopher Stewart also acts as main composer and band leader.
- Holding degrees in Music Education and Classical Interpretation, full-time member of the Ensemble vent et percussion de Québec, and musical director of the Orchestre d’Harmonie Vibrensons, Christian Lavoie fulfills both the roles of drummer and percussionist.
- Already known for his soundtrack to the short film « Falling, » Miguel Puerto cements the band with his confident guitar playing and occasional keyboard contributions.
While in recording mode, various hired-guns will gravitate around the three musicians who form the poligrafic core.