Oui Et Oui: the French connection to Montreal jazz.
Montreal is a city of two cultures: French and English, usually mixed together, sometimes colliding. In the struggle for cultural relevance, they often have contradictions. In literature, they call it “two kinds of loneliness” : part English, partly French, but not entirely.
However, with the modernization of Montreal, these sectors have become less dramatic, and one thing remains clear: music, art and food still belong to the French. From incense to monet to foie gras, let’s face it, France wins.
So, naturally, Montreal international jazz festival – Canada’s biggest music event – supports the city’s elite french-speaking countries. (please refer to the new graywan museum.) Some are formed at home, others are from abroad, but americans are mostly clueless about these artists. Most French musicians, let’s put Quebec in this category, can’t find a show in the United States.
For the first person in the American arts festival, this could be a revelation. Here are five French or Quebec artists featured this year. Follow WBGO for more annual reports from Montreal.
The French connection to the Montreal jazz team.
A caravan palace, ‘Dramophone’
You might say it’s not jazz, but it’s definitely going to wobble, isn’t it? The exciting gypsy jazz band from Paris has set up many dance halls and dances. The caravan palace transformed from the old swing era into a carnival of the future. As it switches from analog to digital, this is a pulse that every generation can invest in.
Like some quebeckers, Jackie taylassen may have grown up with him. His American mother and French father gave him dual citizenship, and he took advantage of them. His home is in New York, but he is currently on a contract with a French record company, where he enriches his interpretation of Eric satti and so on. Cecile McLorin Salvant, an emerging American singer, joins him here.
It’s not easy to be a jazz musician. Usually, people should stand out: a visual artist, a filmmaker, beyond the 88 key range. That’s what this Parisian musician means. He captures the world’s moving images and voices – in this case India – and finds music. In the process of arranging raw materials, he created what he called a “super score”.
At the Montreal jazz festival, the two leading roles of Quebecois, each named after him. From the big band to the unofficial duet, the pianist and composer (sometimes the trombonist) Vic Vogel has more than 30 performances. This year, he gave a solo concert, while saxophonist AndreLeroux was everywhere.
After his release from prison, the great saxophonist dexter Gordon relaunched his career in Europe. He soon became a foreigner in Paris, where he recorded the classic album. The French interior ministry granted him the privilege of working long hours at home when New York City revoked Gordon’s singing and dancing license. On the Montreal jazz festival this year, guitarist Nir Felder (pianist Bud Powell’s piano) daunting, he joined the Oscar band Fleming (bass), Terri Lyne Carrington (drummer) and Greg Osby (sax) stage, re-create the whole album.