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A New Edition Of Montreal's Festival Jazz En Rafale Under The Theme 'LIVE CAM'

A New Edition Of Montreal's Festival Jazz En Rafale Under The Theme 'LIVE CAM'

With the pandemic not letting up, the Festival Jazz En Rafale LIVE CAM continues to bring the joy and intimacy of the 'live' jazz club-concert experience directly to the fans. Since it launched end of January 2021 (and running until May 2021), this year's festival is presenting nine different concerts featuring some of Quebec's most prolific ...

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Masashi Usui

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Japanese jazz tenor saxophonist, composer and arranger Masashi Usui has been in Montreal since 2014. He has a special ability to interpret traditional American jazz but with a contemporary freshness. He is on a pilgrimage to Montreal, and soaking up the rich jazz scene. He graduated Masters of Music in Jazz Performance at Schulich School of Music of McGill University in which he acquired a Schulich Scholarship and a Graduate Excellence Fellowship. He has accompanied prominent jazz artists in North America, including drummer Fukushi Tainaka, André White, Dave Laing, and Mark Taylor, saxophonist Al McLean, trumpeter Kevin Dean, guitarist Mike Rud, and Greg Clayton, pianist André White, Geoff Lapp, Joe Sealy, Paul Shrofel, and Richard Clements, bassist Alec Walkington, Alex Bellegarde, Elias Bailey, and Adrian Vedady. In Japan, saxophonist Akira Ohmori, guitarist Sunao Wada, pianist Hideaki Yoshioka.

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Brandon Goodwin

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Brandon Goodwin has performed with some of the greatest jazz artists in Canada, such as Dave Turner, Fraser Hollins, and Dave Grott. He has also studied with several luminaries, such as Ari Hoenig, Dan Weiss and Nasyr Abdul Al-Kabyr. He is bandleader of Montreal jazz group, B's Bees and also drums in the award-winning Carolyn Fe Blues Collective. His group B's Bees is a hard swinging jazz outfit known for writing compelling original music and playing high energy interpretations of the music of past masters such as The Jazz Messengers, Thelonious Monk and Charlie Haden. Comprised of five core members, they wowed the audience at their debut concert at the Montreal International Jazz Festival in 2012. When Brandon won a scholarship to play at the Montreal International Jazz Festival in 2012, he formed B’s Bees with a lineup of some of the young star players in the city and never looked back

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Michel Cote

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Claude Marc Bourget

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Claude Marc Bourget gives us with the piano surprising improvisations, with the frays influences of modern jazz and classical, often virtuosos and where resound as in memory the landscape of the music of the 20th century.

"An energetic music, extremely dense, as well as uncommon harmonic richness. Autodidact, Bourget displays impressive technical qualities and shows nexhaustible creative inspiration." —Pierre Boulet, LE SOLEIL, Festival international de jazz de Montreal

Claude Marc Bourget was born in 1956 in Montreal. Autodidact, he became known in 1982 with his appearance at Musak Noise Sound Festival (Montreal's Vehicule Art Gallery), where several experimental artists from Montreal and New York participated" with a concert for improv'ed solo piano and recorded piece, entitled Resonant Tension /prolongation.

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Rodrigo Simoes

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Rodrigo Simões is a Brazilian musician and composer who has been living in Quebec - Canada. Through his musical creations, he shares a distinctive style that oscillates between Brazilian music and jazz improvisation. His international career has taken him through China, Australia, Paraguay and the United States, in addition to his native country – Brazil – and his adopted country – Canada. Early on in his musical career, this guitarist and mandolinist has already collaborated with great artists in Brazil (Elza Soares, Carlos Malta, Paulinho da Viola, Dominguinhos, Zeca Baleiro and Paulo Moska) and in Canada (Bill McBirnie, Joel Miller, Flavia Nascimento, Alex Lefaivre, Sonia Jonhson and Jean-Pierre Zanella)

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Daniel Lanois: Goodbye to Language

Read "Goodbye to Language" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski


Consistently imaginative, producer, guitarist and sonic explorer Daniel Lanois has long been hailed not only as a studio wizard but as a gifted musician with a definite and unabashed affinity for experimentation and the avant-garde. Lanois is lauded for many things and among those is his uncanny ability to create wonderful music and ambiances from minimal ...

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Lisanne Tremblay: Violinization

Read "Violinization" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Say “jazz" and the musical instrument that comes to mind might be the saxophone or the trumpet. Say “classical" and it's probably the violin. But there's a long history of players of that have taken that quintessentially classical instrument and moved into the jazz/improvised music world: Stephane Grappelli (1909-1997) and his swinging Quintette du Hot Club ...

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Daniel Lanois: For the Beauty of Wynona

Read "For the Beauty of Wynona" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski


While Daniel Lanois spent most of the '80s and the first years of the '90s honing his craft as a producer, he cautiously emerged as a songwriter and recording artist with Acadie. (Red Floor Records, 1989) A mere four years after this beautiful debut he returned with another intriguing and haunting collection of songs titled For ...

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Antoine Fafard: Ad Perpetuum

Read "Ad Perpetuum" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Canadian bassist Antoine Fafard possesses awe-inspiring chops and can seemingly do anything he darn well pleases. Following suit with his previous solo outing Occultus Tramitis (Unicorn, 2013) he aligns his significant wares with highly revered artists, providing the level of support required, not only to pull off the tricky time signatures, but to also add various ...


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