In a very short time, Rachel Therrien has managed to stand out as a trumpet player and composer not only on the local Quebec music scene but internationally as well. Inspired by her experiences around the world to create music with her own personal sound. She has been a professional musician for most of her life, playing in a variety of musical styles.
Rachel holds a bachelor’s degree in jazz performance from University of Montreal. After her studies, she relocated to Havana, Cuba for one year to study classical music, latin jazz and percussion at the Instituto Supérior de Arte. She was also selected for the Jazz and Creative Music workshop held at the Banff Centre, in Alberta Canada, where she had the opportunity to learn from many musicians including Dave Douglas. In New York, she has taken classes with John McNeill, Laurie Frink, Jonathan Finlayson and Clarence Penn.
Outside of leading her own band, Rachel has had the pleasure to work with such artists as Wesli, Pedrito Martinez, Vic Vogel, Remi Bolduc, Oliver Jones, Carole Welsman, Anancaona de Cuba, Klimax, Michel Legrand, Ginette Reno, Alex Bellegarde, Rember Duharte and Nomadic Massive among others.
The creative young trumpet player is as well knew for her musical abilities as well as her rigorous work ethic. With her team of up and coming players from Montreal she communicates her passion and world traveler experience to her audience who usually begs for more at the end of each concert. Her first album, On Track, was released in September 2011 to critical acclaim with the lead single, Yemaya à Montréal, topping the charts on Radio-Canada‘s jazz channel.
Her second opus, Home Inspiration, recorded in March 2014 with her Montreal quintet was released on October 7th 2014.
Public's Choice at Rimouski International Jazz Festival - 2011
Grant from Quebec Art Council - 2012
" The big challenge for the young musician is developing a distinctive voice.
Competence and even virtuosic flare are fairly common, but without the voice,
the sound can come out bland, pasteurized. Her band's got a voice, a melding
of voices creating a sparkling ensemble sounds on Home Inspiration. " - Dan
McCleanaghan, All About Jazz
"Trumpeter Rachel Therrien, out of Montreal, lacks a deep resume at this
point. She's young. But she makes, in one of the toughest formats—the
standard two horns and a rhythm section— beautiful and distinctive modern
jazz, engaging music with a personality and presence. " - Dan McClenaghan,
All About Jazz