Sylvain Lamirande did his college studies in classical saxophone and became a member of the C.E.M. (Musical Experimentation Center of Jonquiere). In Quebec City, he put together an electronic studio and participated in the COBRA Game Player, a project initiated and directed by John Zorn. Lamirande performed live many times with the Quatrax saxophone quartet (free improvisation). He left Quebec City for Montreal in 1989 to start his undergraduate studies in jazz saxophone and electro-acoustic music at Concordia University. In 1993, he founded a jazz-rock group, the Sylvain Lamirande Quartet. In 1999, with Eric Filion as a partner, he founds SAMARKANDE. For their first 2002 release 4 Cadavres Exquis, the two musicians worked together on the production, the writing, the recording and the mixing.