This year marks the twentieth year of the musical career of the pianist, composer, and improvisor Marianne Trudel. For the occasion, the artist-producer launches a triptych of albums of original compositions: a solo album, a duet album with the drummer John Hollenbeck
, and a trio album with Rémi-Jean Leblanc
(double bass, electric bass) and John Hollenbeck (drums). Rich, abundant, simultaneously different and each one complementary. Three albums, three facets. Music that combines depth, originality, surprises and emotions. These albums are available on Bandcamp and will be available on all platforms on October 20th 2023.
Twenty years ago, Marianne Trudel became Charles Aznavour's pianist-accompanist. Twenty years later, with ten albums to her credit and hundreds of concerts as a leader in over fifteen countries, Marianne was awarded the Artist of the Year Award (Laval) by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. A generous and engaging artist, a veritable powerhouse in Quebec and Canada’s instrumental music scene, Marianne Trudelhas presented multiple artistic projects that not only bring her considerable skills to the fore but also her keen sense of creativity. Her moving, spellbinding music is not easily labelled, one of its many strengths. At once sophisticated and catchy, authentic and unique.
À pas de loup, Quiet sounds for a loud world
Marianne Trudel: Piano, harmonium, bongos, cymbals, composition, improvisation
About the album
“Space, horizon. Slowness, softness. Breathing, whisper. Sound, silence. Sheltered, outside the world. For a moment. With this album, I wanted to explore with a slow pace, a meditative space, something atmospheric, an invitation to slow down and breath. Calm and glimmer.”—Marianne Trudel
Dédé Java Espiritu
Marianne Trudel : piano, composition, improvisation
John Hollenbeck: drums, percussion, toys, improvisation
A piano, a drum set, a thousand ideas. The happy and highly creative encounter of pianist and composer Marianne Trudel with internationally renowned drummer and composer John Hollenbeck. An electrifying, fascinating, enveloping duo! Together they form a full orchestra, offering a spellbinding, moving and surprising musical experience. A unique project of the highest caliber!
About the album
“Freedom, wildness, energy, warmth, Unity, duality, whispers, pulsation. Strength, fragility, power. Silence. Mystery, elements. Intuition, the unconscious. Creative, intimate, fertile and surprising dialogue between my piano and John Hollenbeck's drums.” —Marianne Trudel
Time Poem: La joie de l’éphémère
Marianne Trudel: piano, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer, accordion, composition
Rémi-Jean Leblanc: double bass, electric bass
John Hollenbeck: drums, percussion, toys
9 compositions, 9 days, 9 nights. An ambitious project. Diving into creation. Return to the world through sound. Celebrating the beauty of the ephemeral. Luminous music, simultaneously mysterious and uplifting, groovy and melodic.
About the album
“Upon hearing of the sudden death of Rob Heaney, one of my favourite sound engineers in Montreal, I took refuge in Gaspesie, facing the sea and composed 9 new pieces in 9 days and 9 nights. Diving into creation, healing and celebrating the good fortune of being alive. Celebrating nature, music, and the joy of the ephemeral. A luminous album, full of melodies, and grooves. An album about life.”—
Praise for Marianne Trudel
“An extraordinary pianist, Marianne Trudel is one of the most respected jazz musicians in Canada. She has made her way on our jazz scene so as to become an authentic and indispensable part of it…” —CBC Radio
Trudel always conducts a fine balance between the delicate and the powerful in her music…" —Robert Bush
, NBC San Diego (USA)
An influential figure on the national scene in Canada, Marianne Trudel held her audience spellbound with some deeply adventurous, lyrical and utterly personal music." —London Jazz News (UK)
About Marianne Trudel
Juno-nominated artist, Marianne Trudel is a multi-talented pianist, composer, improvisor, arranger and educator. At once energetic and passionate, her music crosscuts a wide swath of musical interests. As a performer, she pursues an active career in a variety of settings ranging from solo performance to: Trudel- Hollenbeck, Marianne Trudel 4 + Ingrid Jensen, Trudel-Young, Trifolia, and large ensembles. She has presented her music in various countries: Canada, United States, Mexico, France, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, England, Scotland, Italy, Hungary, Lithuania, and China.
Recipient of the Artist of the year 2022 Award (Quebec Arts Council—Laval), Marianne Trudel has presented multiple artistic projects that not only bring her considerable skills to the fore but also her keen sense of creativity.
She has shared the stage with many international artists. In jazz and improvised music, Marianne has played with Chucho Valdes, Kenny Wheeler, Ingrid Jensen, Tony Malaby, David Liebman, John Hollenbeck, Mark Feldman, Hamid Drake, and William Parker. She has also presented concerts with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Quebec Symphony Orchestra and the Violons du Roy (Quebec). In “chanson française” and world music Marianne has accompanied acclaimed artists such as Charles Aznavour, Lena Chamamyan, Farida, Naseer Shamma, and Charbel Rouhana. She has accompanied many poets from Quebec such as Joséphine Bacon, Patrice Desbiens, José Acquelin, and Louise Dupré. She has composed and arranged for the Canadian National Jazz Orchestra, the Violons du Roy (Quebec), the Hard Rubber Orchestra (Vancouver), the American Composers Orchestra (NYC), the Henri Mancini Institute Orchestra (Los Angeles), and the Orchestre national de jazz de Montréal.
Marianne Trudel has been invited as a guest lecturer and performer at multiple educational institutions such as Berklee College of Music (Boston), Real Colegio de Santa Rosa de Viterbo (Mexico), Université de Sherbrooke, Université Laval (Quebec), Memorial University (St-John’s, Newfoundland), Bishop University, and Guelph University (Ontario). She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance (McGill University), a Masters in Ethnomusicology (Université de Montréal) and participated in numerous workshops in North America and Europe (Banff Centre for the Arts, Henri Mancini Institute, Vancouver Creative Music workshop, Jazz Orchestra – NYC).