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Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
Lucinda Williams, Mika, Wayne Shorter, Erykah Badu, Vijay Iyer
Al Di Meola, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Huey Lewis, Steve Miller Band
Among stellar artists in 2015's impressive roster totaling close to 1,000 concerts
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 (New York, NY) — As the beautiful weather finally arrives, so does the unveiling of the indoor program of the 36th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, presented by TD in collaboration with Rio Tinto Alcan! As summer arrives, Montreal will once again be transformed into the world’s most festive music hub, welcoming the greatest artists on the planet. Jazz and all its musical cousins will radiate in their finest colors, with new discoveries rubbing elbows with blue-chip artists and icons—Wayne Shorter, Huey Lewis and the News, Al Di Meola, Erykah Badu, Jamie Cullum, Lucinda Williams, Jesse Cook, Mika…—in hushed, intimate venues and grand concert halls alike, where fans can discover unique concept-concerts—a trio of living blues legends, Taj Mahal-John Mayall-James Cotton, a farewell birthday concert from Vic Vogel, Baz Luhrmann’s kaleidoscopic art staged by performance troupe For the Record, and the incredible Lo Esencial by Luis de la Carrasca presented by Flamenco Vivo, a show that promises to be utterly heart-stopping… In other words, the weather in Montreal’s venues is guaranteed to be beautiful this summer! COMPLETE indoor schedule listed below, and HERE.
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June 26, 7 p.m., Maison symphonique / THE A FILETTA ENSEMBLE with PAOLO FRESU and DANIELE DI BONAVENTURA. Opening act: PAOLO FRESU – GIANLUCA PETRELLA DUO
This fabulous evening matches trumpeter Paolo Fresu, bandoneonist Daniele Di Bonaventura and the magical voices of the A Filetta ensemble, standard-bearers of the Corsican polyphonic vocal tradition. Mistico Mediterraneo, a jewel of an album assembling all that talent, left critics and jazz fans in speechless contemplation of a graceful jazz embracing the sacred voices of A Filetta. Tonight, in addition to Mistico Mediterraneo, the artists unite their talents in an ambitious musical project, Danse Mémoire Danse, conceived around two major humanist thinkers: writer Aimé Césaire and Jean Nicoli, member of the Resistance. Opening the evening, trumpeter Paolo Fresu engages in musical dialogue with another impressive Italian horn player, trombonist Gianluca Petrella. Presented in collaboration with CBC/Radio-Canada.
July 5, 7 p.m., Maison symphonique de Montréal / MONTREAL JUBILATION GOSPEL CHOIR
A universal success, this choir, founded in 1982 by professor Trevor Payne, has performed for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Nelson Mandela and collaborated with such artists as Ray Charles, Céline Dion and Michael Bolton. They are famed for their traditional and contemporary gospel and a repertoire that also embraces Gregorian chants, Bach chorales, oratorio, modern jazz and traditional Zulu music. A moment of grace. Presented in collaboration with CBC/Radio-Canada.
THE PROGRAM, SERIES BY SERIES
ÉVÉNEMENTS SPÉCIAUX TD SERIES
SALLE WILFRID-PELLETIER, PdA, 19 h 30
presented in collaboration with ICI Musique, CBCMusic.ca, La Presse+, Rouge FM, Boom FM, Virgin 96 and CHOM
June 26 / STEVE MILLER BAND. Opening act: GARLAND JEFFREYS
One of the landmark ’70s American rock groups returns with a legendary repertoire of 15 albums and a collection of immortal hits including The Joker and Fly Like an Eagle.
June 27 / TAJ MAHAL, JOHN MAYALL, JAMES COTTON
3 blues icons, 120 albums, 160 combined career years of service to the genre… A unique concert destined to become part of blues and Festival history!
June 29 / ERYKAH BADU
Finally, a fi rst Festival visit by the queen of R&B! And she may even offer us some tracks from her essential forthcoming album…
June 30 / RODRIGO Y GABRIELA. Opening act: CALUM GRAHAM
It’s an absolutely effi cacious alliance of fl amenco, rock, jazz and metal! A highly anticipated return engagement after an 8-year absence,
with a new album!
July 1 / HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS
They wrote the soundtrack to the ’80s—The Power of Love, Back in Time (in Back to the Future), Heart of Rock & Roll, Stuck With You, I Want A New Drug. A fi rst Festival visit by a true legend!
July 2 / BOBBY BAZINI and his special guest BOOKER T. JONES
Two generations of soul on the bill: a legendary keyboardist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, and the newest elite Quebec singersongwriter on the rise. A remarkable, sparkling evening of music!
July 3 / Triple bill with LUCINDA WILLIAMS, THE MAVERICKS and JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE SOLO
This triple bill promises to be a super fi esta of country-folk-Tex Mex, featuring three artists who’ve never played the Festival!
July 4 / MIKA
The king of globo-pop in a Festival premiere, with his latest album! The event of the year for this genre!
GRANDS CONCERTS RIO TINTO ALCAN SERIES
THÉÂTRE MAISONNEUVE, PdA 8 p.m.
presented in collaboration with ICI Musique, CBCMusic.ca, 98,5 FM and CJAD 800 AM
June 26 / AL DI MEOLA, ELEGANT GYPSY & MORE ELECTRIC TOUR 2015
The legendary guitarist—known for his brilliant work as a soloist, in Return to Forever and in a trio with McLaughlin and Paco de Lucía — stops by the Festival as part of his last electric tour.
June 27 / THE STANLEY CLARKE BAND
After his memorable concerts in the Invitation series in 2012, the virtuoso bassist and 2011 Miles Davis Award winner returns with his band and a new album.
June 28 / THE BAD PLUS JOSHUA REDMAN. Opening act: KNEEBODY
The rock fan’s favourite jazz trio (and vice versa) meets the dazzling saxophonist. Expect astounding collective improvisation and creative chemistry!
June 30 / VIC VOGEL and THE JAZZ BIG BAND with special guests. 80th birthday and farewell concert
He holds the record for Festival visits, and our indefatigable Montreal pianist and bandleader is back to celebrate his 80th birthday with special friends… and honour us with his farewell concert. Expect emotion.
July 1 / JOHN SCOFIELD, JOE LOVANO QUARTET WITH BILL STEWART AND LARRY GRENADIER
The jazz stars align in this dazzling concert. An essential evening, featuring a foretaste of their communal album due in autumn.
July 2 / MADELEINE PEYROUX. Opening act: DAVID MYLES
This Franco-American artist and the Festival audience have enjoyed a wonderful 20-year love affair. And it’s not about to stop now!
July 3 / DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER with IRVIN MAYFIELD AND THE NEW ORLEANS JAZZ ORCHESTRA
The fabulous jazz singer along with the famed trumpeter and his brilliant orchestra, here to present their wonderful new album.
July 4 / PATRICIA BARBER
According to Inrocks, she does no less than “bring life back to a species on the verge of extinction: the female jazz singer”! The return of one of this Festival’s favourite artists!
LE FESTIVAL À LA MAISON SYMPHONIQUE SERIES
MAISON SYMPHONIQUE DE MONTRÉAL 7 p.m.
presented in collaboration with The Gazette, CJAD 800 AM and Rouge FM
In addition to the opening (the A Filetta Ensemble with Paolo Fresu and Daniele Di Bonaventura, June 26) and closing concerts (Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir, July 5), this series presents:
June 27 / AN EVENING WITH CHRIS BOTTI
The American trumpet superstar returns to the Festival with his most recent release, named “2013 Grammy for Best Instrumental Pop Album.” An evening of musical charm…
June 30 / WAYNE SHORTER QUARTET. Opening act: JOEY ALEXANDER
The legendary saxophonist returns flanked by his redoubtable quartet—with whom he has stirred the passions of our jazzophiles many times over the decades—for his first show in the Maison symphonique… Sublime!
July 1 / JAMIE CULLUM
A prodigy and a born performer, the English crooner finally returns after a 6-year absence, with a new album revisiting jazz standards, Cullum-style. It’s the bomb!
July 2 and 3 / JESSE COOK
Intimately linked to this Festival, the acoustic guitar virtuoso couldn’t possibly forget us when it came time to present a new album, which reserves a special place for his vocals. It’s always a major moment when he visits!
July 4 / BATTLE OF THE BANDS VII: THE TOMMY DORSEY ORCHESTRA vs. THE JIMMY DORSEY ORCHESTRA
It’s an evening that needs no introduction! Take a trip back to the era of the great New York ballrooms of the late ’30s with the two finest orchestras in the world. This time, it’s a brotherly duel, a rivalry that has endured since a dispute in 1935… A historic reunion!
NOUVEAU MONDE SERIES
THÉÂTRE DU NOUVEAU MONDE 8 p.m.
presented in collaboration with MusiMax and Virgin 96
June 25-26-27 / COLIN JAMES, THE ACOUSTIC SESSIONS
The Canadian rock icon returns to the Festival after last summer’s sold out cross-country tour thrilled fans from sea to shining sea. With his 16th—absolutely hot—album!
June 29-30, 8 p.m. – July 2, 8 p.m. – July 3, 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. – July 4, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. – July 5, 3 p.m. / FOR THE RECORD. BAZ LUHRMANN IN CONCERT
After the Tarantino wildness last year, this mad troupe returns with a creation that plunges us into the flamboyant musical universe of Australian director Baz Luhrmann—Strictly Ballroom, Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby. Love at first sight and sound! Presented in collaboration with NEWAD.
MÉTROPOLIS 8:30 p.m.
presented in collaboration with MusiquePlus, CKOI 96,9, Virgin 96 and CHOM
June 26 / BETH HART. Opening act: MARTIN GOYETTE
Quite simply amazing at the Festival last year, the American vocalist continues her stunning re-conquest of the North American audience with material from her new album. One of the most captivating voices in modern blues-rock!
June 27 and 28 / STEVEN WILSON
Twenty years into his career, this versatile, prolific musician—one of the most fascinating artists on the British rock scene—makes his Festival debut with a new album!
June 30 / SNARKY PUPPY. Opening act: DONTAE WINSLOW & WINSLOW DYNASTY
Hailed for their stunning musical mastery and creative maturity, this group has built an international reputation for its fusion of composition and improvisation, melodic funk and harmonic soul. A Festival premiere!
July 1 / NAOMI SHELTON & THE GOSPEL QUEENS | CHARLES BRADLEY & HIS EXTRAORDINAIRES
Two pillars of the Daptone Records label, matched in a 100% soul double bill!
July 2 / JAMES VINCENT McMORROW. Opening act: KEVIN GARRETT
With his crystalline, piercing voice, natural charisma and epic orchestration, the Irish singer transports us with a deeply personal, completely enveloping sound. An electro-folk gem.
July 3 / THE SHEEPDOGS. Opening act: HEAT
Beloved Prairie rockers the Sheepdogs (3 Junos and 2 platinum certifi cations) roll their pack into the Festival for the fi rst time, ready to howl out their powerful blues-rock. A real treat for die-hard rock fans!
July 4 / BADBADNOTGOOD feat. GHOSTFACE KILLAH. Opening act: MICK JENKINS
The highly anticipated Sour Soul was born of the unprecedented collaboration between Toronto trio Badbadnotgood and New York hip-hop legend Ghostface Killah (Wu-Tang Clan). It’s utterly different from every previous hip-hop album ever. An absolute must!
COULEURS SAQ SERIES
CLUB SODA 6 p.m.
presented in collaboration with Rouge FM, CJAD 800 AM and CIBL 101,5 Radio-Montréal
June 26 / BEBEL GILBERTO
Almost 15 years after her last visit to the Festival, the daughter of legend João Gilberto returns with her latest album, reveling in the bossa nova that runs in her veins.
June 28 / MOLLY JOHNSON, BECAUSE OF BILLIE
One of the most remarkable voices in Canadian jazz pays tribute to Billie Holiday, whose 100th birthday we celebrate this year.
June 29 / MÉLANIE DE BIASIO
She’s a Belgian siren who turned Planet Jazz upside-down with a dizzying album, casting an ethereal spell that has earned her the nickname “the Belgian Billie Holiday.” Magic!
June 30 / JOYCE MORENO
The huge-voiced Brazilian returns with her latest album, celebrating her 50-year career and paying tribute to the great Brazilian composers.
July 1 / SOPHIE HUNGER
Three years after her vibrant tribute to Bob Dylan at the Festival, our favourite Swiss miss returns to unveil her new album.
July 2 / NATALIE PRASS
Named one of “15 artists to watch” by Time Magazine, with a debut album that’s causing a sensation. A delicious discovery you cannot afford to miss!
July 3 / KAT EDMONSON
The rising young Texas singer with the singular voice fuses ’50s and ’70s pop, today’s pop-rock and her passion for fi lm, a central inspirational driving force. A soothingly sensual musical experience with a visual component, a show that slips out of the bonds of time!
July 4 / POKEY LAFARGE
This country singer seems to have stepped right out of another, sepia-toned era of American music, and performs 200 concerts a year on 5 continents!
July 5 / HINDI ZAHRA
A singer with Berber and Touareg bloodlines, Zahra returns now with her latest, a voyage with stops in the blues and the desert, folk ballads and bossa nova.
JAZZ BEAT HYATT REGENCY MONTRÉAL SERIES
SALLE LUDGER-DUVERNAY (MONUMENT-NATIONAL) 8 p.m.
presented in collaboration with CBCMusic.ca
June 26 / RABIH ABOU-KHALIL
The master of the oud, poised between East and West, returns 13 years after his last stop at this Festival with his quartet and songs from his latest album.
June 27 / ENRICO RAVA QUINTET, TRIBE. Opening act: GIANLUCA PETRELLA and GIOVANNI GUIDI, SOUPSTAR
The famed Italian trumpeter, as exceptionally inspired and lyrical as ever, brings us his latest album.
June 28 / ROBERT GLASPER TRIO
The extraordinary pianist everyone is talking about arrives with his famed acoustic jazz trio and a brand new album.
June 29 / RON MILES, BRIAN BLADE and BILL FRISELL, CIRCUIT RIDER
It’s a true power trio, assembling three of the most prominent fi gures on the current American jazz scene.
June 30 / RICHARD BONA SOLO
The supremely gifted Cameroonian bassist, blessed with a golden voice, arrives at the peak of his powers with a 7th album..
July 1 / VIJAY IYER TRIO
The virtuoso pianist returns with the album The New York Times calls the trio’s fi nest, brilliant and daring in equal measure.
July 2 / JOHN PIZZARELLI, McCARTNEY AND MORE
The darling of the Montreal audience presents a new album featuring the music of Paul McCartney and the Beatles.
July 3 / ELIANE ELIAS, MADE IN BRAZIL with MARC JOHNSON, RUBENS DE LA CORTE and RAFAEL BARATA
Renowned for her ability to musically transport us to the languorous beaches of Brazil, the delicious pianist and singer returns with a new album.
July 4 / RON CARTER QUARTET with RENEE ROSNES, PAYTON CROSSLEY, ROLANDO MORALES
If double bass is the cornerstone of jazz rhythm, he is its jewel. After his sold out concert as a trio in 2012, the master is back with his quartet.
July 5 / OLIVER JONES presents PIANOS CAMÉLÉONS with MATT HERSKOWITZ, JOHN RONEY and JULIE LAMONTAGNE
A concept-concert in which four virtuoso pianists engage in a joyous and magisterial musical jousting match, in the friendliest possible.
FLAMENCO VIVO SERIES
CINQUIÈME SALLE, PdA 7 p.m.
presented in collaboration with CISM 89,3 FM
From June 25 to 28 / FLAMENCO VIVO presents LO ESENCIAL by LUIS DE LA CARRASCA
Reconnecting with the very essence of the Andalusian art form, Lo Esencial ventures into the domain of pure, authentic flamenco: the music of its inception, when these popular songs transformed suffering into hope and empowered the people to laugh off their oppressors through art. The spectacle fi nds Luis de la Carrasca accompanied by the crème de la crème of today’s fl amenco artists: José Luis Dominguez on guitar, Kadú Gomez on cajón and percussion, along with magnifi cent dancers Ana Pérez and Kuky Santiago. Get ready for a magical, highly-charged evening!
NOUVEAU FOLK SERIES
CINQUIÈME SALLE, PdA 9 p.m.
presented in collaboration with CISM 89,3 FM
July 2 / WILL DRIVING WEST. Opening act: MYRIAM GENDRON
The buzz of the moment on the Québécois musical landscape with thousands of albums sold in 66 countries, the group presents their 3rd album, a folk project with a touch of ambient post-rock.
July 3 / BEARS OF LEGEND
A smash hit at MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE this past winter, Trois Rivières septet Bears of Legend roar in for a first Festival show with songs from a new album. One of the most promising outfits on the Québécois folk scene!
July 4 / COCO MÉLIÈS. Opening act: PETER HENRY PHILLIPS
A duo making refined and orchestral pop-folk, they’ve sold out concerts since launching their debut album! Discover them now!
July 5 / MATHIEU HOLUBOWSKI
A finalist on La Voix 2015, he operates secretly under the stage name -ogen and already has a 100% homemade debut album, released last July. A unique voice and musical world, a captivating artist!
INVITATION TD SERIES
GESÙ — CENTRE DE CRÉATIVITÉ 6 p.m.
presented in collaboration with The Gazette
June 26 / AVISHAI COHEN DUO with RENEE ROSNES
The phenomenal Israeli bassist hasn’t played the Festival in 13 years. Now here he is taking charge of the prestigious Invitation series to showcase his protean talent in three sensational concerts. He begins in a duo with pianist Renee Rosnes.
June 27 / AVISHAI COHEN TRIO
Second stage: the virtuoso performs in his favourite format—the trio, with pianist Nitai Hershkovits and drummer Daniel Dor—and unveils pieces from his new album, featuring music of remarkable delicacy.
June 28 / AVISHAI COHEN TRIO with guest KURT ROSENWINKEL
On double bass and guitar, respectively, these two daring specialists in exploratory jazz bring a complete creative freedom to these versions of pieces from their repertoires. A summit meeting of two spearheads of contemporary jazz!
June 29 / KURT ROSENWINKEL NEW QUARTET with AARON PARKS, ERIC REVIS and ALLAN MEDNARD
The New York guitarist performs in a quartet of rising stars whose prodigious talents are well-known. The program features pieces from Kurt’s vast repertoire and the album Star of Jupiter.
June 30 / KURT ROSENWINKEL SOLO
A unique opportunity to experience a tête-à-tête with this guitar virtuoso in his favourite format, unveiling songs from his upcoming solo album as a bonus!
July 2 / ABDULLAH IBRAHIM SOLO
This most renowned of South African pianists offers us the musical delights of three concerts in the intimate confines of the Gesù. The musical pioneer formerly known as Dollar Brand unveils a solo showcase of the immense range of his talent.
July 3 / ABDULLAH IBRAHIM MUKASHI TRIO
The legendary pianist enfolds his audience in the spellbinding sounds of his latest album, Mukashi, a musical adventure at the crossroads of South Africa and Japan, all of it orchestrated in a magisterial dialogue between piano, flute and cello bonded by serene sensuality and floating melodies.
July 4 / ABDULLAH IBRAHIM EKAYA SEPTET
Ibrahim reconnects with his longstanding project, Ekaya, first launched in 1983: a septet dominated by a magnificent dialogue of wind instruments and elegant melodies circulating like a breeze. It’s an encounter between the oral musical tradition of South Africa and the
vibrant legacies of Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk.
TD JAZZ D’ICI LA PRESSE+ SERIES
L’ASTRAL 6 p.m.
presented in collaboration with ICI Musique
June 26 / TOUS ENSEMBLE ! Tribute to JAN JARCZYK with special guests
Jean Pierre Zanella and his friends pay passionate tribute to excellent pianist, jazz composer and McGill University professor Jan Jarczyk, who passed away last year. With Ron Di Lauro, Joe Sullivan, André White and 8 other musicians.
June 27 / EMMA FRANK
It’s a second Festival visit for this adoptive Montrealer with the magnificent voice, who amazed Festifans last year with her nonchalant sensuality and a folk-soul ambience that goes straight to the heart.
June 28 / STEPHEN BARRY BAND
La Presse calls them the best blues band on the Québécois scene, and they’re here to celebrate a 40-year career and launch a new album!
June 29 / TRIO DEROME GUILBEAULT TANGUAY
One of the most remarkable outfits on the Montréal music scene, they’ve been causing a sensation on Planet Jazz for 15 years with irresistible swing, good humour, musical daring and passion.
June 30 / MARIANNE TRUDEL 4 and INGRID JENSEN
The sparkling pianist and composer returns with her latest album in the company of renowned trumpeter Ingrid Jensen. A hymn to nature, an invitation to luminous musical transport!
July 1 / THOMAS CARBOU TRIO with DAVID BINNEY
A fine player of the 8-string guitar, he’s joined by David Binney, considered one of the most influential alto saxophonists of his era, presenting their new album.
July 2 / GUILLAUME MARTINEAU QUINTET
With a solid reputation for improvisation and musical exploration, this Québécois pianist presents his first album as a jazzman, coloured with rock inspiration and cinematic ambience.
July 3 / ANDRÉ LEROUX
The illustrious Canadian saxophonist, clarinetist and flautist arrives with his new album and his raw, explosive musical approach!
July 4 / JIM DOXAS TRIO
One of the finest drummers in Canada is joined by Paul Shrofel on piano and Morgan Moore on double bass, returning with a first album as bandleader.
LE CLUB SERIES
L’ASTRAL 9 p.m.
presented in collaboration with Stingray Musique and CIBL 101,5 Radio-Montréal
June 26 / THEO CROKER
A gifted trumpeter and composer, this phenomenon of creative power arrives with a teeming melange of sound, unfurling the otherworldly sounds of a jazz free thinker. The revolution has arrived.
June 27 / ALFREDO RODRÍGUEZ TRIO
A young prodigy taken under the wing of Quincy Jones, a leading light in the new generation of Cuban pianists, Alfredo Rodríguez reveals a bold style at a crossroads of influences in his debut visit to the Festival.
June 28 / JOHNNY O’NEAL
A first Festival visit for this uncommon jazz singer-pianist, a cornerstone of Smalls Jazz Club in New York, spiritual son of Oscar Peterson and Art Tatum, who has drawn an admiring audience thanks to his magical, fluid touch.
June 29 / GOGO PENGUIN
Rising stars on the UK jazz scene, the trio fuses techno, hip-hop and dubstep with their deep jazz and classical roots. A new musical world!
June 30 / DAVE DOUGLAS, HIGH RISK with SHIGETO, JONATHAN MARON and MARK GUILIANA
One of the most creative trumpeters of his generation returns to the Festival leading this tasty electro-acoustic quartet brilliantly blending modern jazz, electronic music and improvisation.
July 2 / SOMI, THE LAGOS MUSIC SALON
Named “the new Nina Simone” by The Huffi ngton Post, she conquered us with a fi rst Festival appearance in 2009 and returns with a 4th album.
July 3 / MARC CARY TRIO
A masterwork of futuristic jazz-funk and bracing exploratory groove; an artist at the peak of his powers arrives with his latest release!
July 4 / ALA.NI
She has already won over audiences in Europe before even releasing a debut album, working the trick with the old-fashioned chic of her EP, with a touch of supernatural. A unique opportunity to discover her in a truly intimate venue!
JAZZ DANS LA NUIT SERIES
GESÙ — CENTRE DE CRÉATIVITÉ 10:30 p.m.
presented in collaboration with ICI Musique and CBCMusic.ca
June 26 / NETTWORK with STANLEY JORDAN, JEFF ‘‘TAIN’’ WATTS and CHARNETT MOFFETT
It’s a fi rst tour together for three virtuoso musicians and longtime friends, delivering high calibre jazz enhanced by an irreplaceable shared chemistry.
June 27 / PHRONESIS
Considered “the most exciting and imaginative piano trio since e.s.t.” by Jazzwise, Anglo-Scandinavian trio Phronesis returns at the height of their creative powers with a new album.
June 29 / HEADS OF STATE with BUSTER WILLIAMS, GARY BARTZ, LARRY WILLIS and AL FOSTER
A jazz lesson delivered by four living legends and intended for the most discerning ears.
June 30 (also July 1 at 6 p.m.) / RICHARD GALLIANO, duo with SYLVAIN LUC. TRIBUTE TO ÉDITH PIAF
One of the greatest accordionists of the modern era, and a peerless jazz guitarist combine their creative talents in this virtuoso gem, bringing a freshness to the repertoire of the grande dame of French chanson as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of her birth.
July 1 / NELS CLINE and JULIAN LAGE
Two guitar masters present their album: Nels Cline, named one of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time by Rolling Stone magazine, and jazz child prodigy Julian Lage.
July 2 / LORRAINE DESMARAIS SOLO
An icon of our jazz scene, this internationally renowned Québécois pianist and composer returns in a stripped-down version to perform her greatest signature pieces solo.
July 3 / ALAIN CARON, JOHN RONEY and LE QUATUOR ALCAN
Alain Caron, considered one of the greatest jazz bassists in the world, brilliant pianist John Roney and the Quatuor Alcan interpret compositions by Alain Caron arranged by Roney.
July 4 / JOHN MEDESKI SOLO
A star on the New York avant-garde jazz scene and member of famed trio Medeski Martin & Wood, the virtuoso pianist nous invites us to slip away into the night with him on his magical piano.
July 5 / URI CAINE SOLO
This accomplished and adventurous New York jazz pianist presents his 25th album as a bandleader, playing his own compositions infl uenced by both jazz and classical, marvelously melding Mahler and Fats Waller.
CONCERTS INTIMES SERIES
SAVOY DU MÉTROPOLIS 7 p.m.
June 26 / JORANE IN BLACK AND WHITE
Jorane brings in her creative, improvisational music lab for two magical evenings. First format: the trio. It’s a rare opportunity to experience the cellist in full control of her means, unfurling the results of her fully-inspired creativity.
June 27 / JORANE IN COLOUR
For her second evening, Jorane performs with a quintet. After this music lab, she’ll enter the studio to finish up her forthcoming album, which we cannot wait to hear! Which evening will be your favourite?
June 28 / ELLIOT MAGINOT
This young Québécois singer-songwriter makes his Festival debut with his debut album, a dreamlike, luminous invitation to an inner voyage.
June 29 / GABRIELLA
After numerous tours with female country-rock group Lipstick Rodeo, Gabriela launches a very promising solo career with this first album, a smash radio hit.
June 30 and July 1 / KATE DAVIS
A rising star on the New York scene, this singer and double bassist figures among the future queens of pop, according to MTV. An artist to follow very, very closely.
July 2 and 3 / MENTANA
It’s a first Festival stop for this Montréal group, winners of a Jutra for their original soundtrack to the film Camion, armed with a bucolic, captivating debut EP.
July 4 and 5 / SAM AMIDON
Armed with guitar and banjo and a heartfelt voice, he reaffirms his status as a great reformer of American folk with a vibrant and hypnotic new album.
NUITS HEINEKEN SERIES
CLUB SODA 10 p.m.
presented in collaboration with CISM 89,3 FM and NIGHTLIFE.CA
June 26 / DONAVON FRANKENREITER
Californian right down to his fingertips, folk singer-guitarist Donavon Frankenreiter arrives with a honeyed voice and waves of good music and vibes.
June 27 / MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND
It’s a first Festival visit for this extraordinary American artist, arriving with songs from her 4th album, on which rock dissonance, classical arrangements and exploratory touches generate an unsettling, magnetic music.
June 28 / WHITEHORSE
The duo returns after a sold-out show at MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE this past winter to continue their conquest of the Quebec audience with the sexy and febrile folk-rock of their latest album!
June 29 / JAGA JAZZIST
Emerging from the Oslo underground scene, this Ninja Tune instrumental electro-jazz collective finally returns after their explosive Festival performance in 2011!
June 30 / KING SUNNY ADE
King Sunny Ade has the power to transform an entire dancefloor into a frenzied trance-state. The Nigerian singer-composer and guitarist returns 6 years after his last visit. Long overdue!
July 1 / CIBO MATTO
A wild Japanese-New York duo, cooking up irreverent, sassy hip-hop, born in punk, tweaking the jazz scene and feasting on funk. Bringing a breath of fresh air to the hipster scene!
July 2 / LISA LEBLANC, HIGHWAYS, HEARTACHES AND TIME WELL WASTED
The bubbly, brilliant Acadian performer hits the Festival with a mini-album in English!
July 3 / BETTY BONIFASSI, CHANTS D’ESCLAVES, CHANTS D’ESPOIR
Renowned for her characteristically warm and powerful voice, Betty returns solo to present her lively project.
July 4 / Double bill: FOXTROTT | MILK & BONE
A 100% Montreal double bill that unites the two hottest electro-pop bands of the moment!
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THE CROISIÈRE JAZZ
BATEAU-MOUCHE, JACQUES-CARTIER QUAY, OLD PORT OF MONTREAL 6:30 p.m.
From June 26 to 29 / PAULO RAMOS
The composer, singer, guitarist and percussionist musically transports us to the sunny world of his native country, Brazil.
Reservations required: 514 849-9952, 1 800 361-9952 or bateaumouche.ca.
Stay connected at all times to what drives your passion, whether it’s before, during or after the event. Video excerpts, info on artists, access to archives of previous editions of the Festival, a video channel… in other words, an essential online destination for all true music fans.
Place des Arts and Maison symphonique de Montréal
175 Ste. Catherine Street West;
514 842-2112, 1 866 842-2112 or placedesarts.com
Métropolis and Savoy
59 Ste. Catherine Street East;
ticketmaster.ca or 1 855 790-1245; montrealmetropolis.ca
L’Astral (Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan)
305 Ste. Catherine Street West;
ticketmaster.ca or 1 855 790-1245; sallelastral.com
1225 St. Lawrence Boulevard; 514 286-1010 or clubsoda.ca
Gesù — Centre de créativité
1200 De Bleury Street;
514 861-4036 — legesu.com;
admission.com or 1 855 790-1245
Théâtre du Nouveau Monde
84 Ste. Catherine Street West; 514 866-8668 or tnm.qc.ca
Bateau-Mouche au Vieux-Port de Montréal
55 St. Paul Street West;
514 849-9952 or 1 800 361-9952; bateaumouche.ca
1182 St. Lawrence Boulevard;
514 871-2224 — macm.org; admission.com or 1 866 844-2172
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