Gentiane MG: piano
Levi Dover: bass
Louis-Vincent Hamel: drums
Guillaume Pilote: drums
Gentiane MG (Michaud-Gagnon) studied several years at the Quebec Music Conservatory in Saguenay before pursuing superior studies in Jazz Performance at McGill University. While there, she had the opportunity to study with Jan Yarczyk, Rémi Bolduc, Andre White and internationally renowned pianist Jean-Michel Pilc.
Michaud-Gagnon has been active on the Canadian jazz scene for several years. She has performed alongside numerous renowned musicians such as Yannick Rieu, Jim Doxas, John Hollenbeck, Adrian Vedady, Frank Lozano, Andre White and Dave Laing. She has toured in Canada, China and in Mexico.
Following the release of her first trio recording entitled Eternal Cycle, she received the CBC/Radio-Canada Jazz Award 2018-2019 and the Prix François-Marcaurelle de la Guilde des Musiciens du Québec. This album was also classified among 10 best Canadian jazz recordings of 2017 by CBC Music. Her trio will release their second album, Wonderland, in May 2019 and will be touring Canada in the fall of 2019.
Nov 5: Hermann’s Jazz Club – Victroria, BC. 7:30pm.
Aaron Dolman weaves together two of his great musical loves – Folk and Jazz – to create works that sway between evocative melodies, exciting improvisations and ethereal soundscapes. His debut release, “Nostalgia and Other Fantasies”, is a collection of original music inspired by the feelings of nostalgia that are stirred up when sifting through old family photos, driving though the Canadian Prairies or sitting by a quiet lake at midnight.
Caitlin Smith // viola
Zach Enright Bachand // acoustic + electric guitars
Marcus Lowry // acoustic + electric guitars
Eli Davidovici // bass
Aaron // Drums + compositions + a large bag of sound-toys
Beijing birthed, Toronto dwelling vocalist-pianist-composer-improviser mingjia (MING-jee-ya) writes music that’s equal parts fantastical & relatable, & performs it with courage & honesty. Aside from making mischief with her chamber ensemble Tortoise Orchestra & artists in & around Canada, she enjoys drawing, dancing & watching the nickelodeon hit series Avatar: the Last Airbender.
mingjia will b joined by:
hunab felix flores // violin
meghan cheng // violin
adrian irvine // viola
jillian sauerteig // cello
The philosopher Joseph Campbell wrote extensively about “following one’s bliss.” These influential writings form the conceptual basis for Bliss Station, the 13th album of original music by Toronto-based guitarist and composer Eric St-Laurent. With plenty of time set aside to write, undisturbed by the fast pace of our ever-changing world, the creation, editing, and mixing of this album took place over several months in Berlin and Toronto. Every step of the production was slow, relaxed, and deliberate.
St-Laurent conceived this set of music with his long-time friend Sebastian Studnitzky in mind. The Berlin-based trumpeter’s soft, reflective tone lends an introspective quality to the recording. The fiery rhythm section of Michel DeQuevedo (percussion) and Jordan O’Connor (bass) provides a muscular counterpoint, while St-Laurent’s post-Benson approach to the guitar supplies the blues.
Born and raised in Montreal, St-Laurent studied improvisation in New York before moving to Berlin, where he toured with both big and small names in the German and Scandinavian music scenes. Since returning to Canada, he has been leading his own band, recording and touring extensively throughout Europe and Canada.