Press release for immediate distribution

Opening of the Galerie du Festival

Chariot of Gods by Miles Davis and

Vénus et Chronos by Yves Archambault

Montreal, Friday, June 25, 2010 - The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is happy to celebrate today’s opening of the 15th season of the Galerie du Festival. As we celebrate this 31st edition of the Festival and the We Want Miles exhibition devoted to Miles Davis in the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, we have decided, along with the famed musician’s estate, to spotlight a silkscreen created from one of his works, Chariot of Gods (in a limited run of 300 prints), a previously unseen Miles Davis piece offered to Alain Simard, president and founder of the Festival, in 1988. The Galerie will also exhibit works created for this year’s edition by our artist in residence, Yves Archambault, Vénus et Chronos.

Miles Davis

A sublime and unforgettable trumpeter, Miles Davis the “Picasso of jazz,” an insatiable creative force, drew and painted with the same spontaneity, improvisation and sensibility we experienced whenever he lifted his trumpet to his lips. His visual works, like his music, are richly original and imaginative. In 1994, the Festival international de Jazz de Montréal marked its 15th edition with the creation of the Miles-Davis Award, an annual honour presented to an internationally-renowned musician who has marked the evolution of jazz. We remind you that the bronze statuette of the award was inspired by a self-portrait of Miles, created for the official Festival poster in 1988. Moreover, we might even say that the legendary trumpeter planted the seed that led to the opening of the Galerie, six years later, since the Festival’s very first silkscreen was taken from this self-portrait and signed by the artist. It also marked the first time that a piece created by Miles Davis was exhibited for the public in this fashion.

Yves Archambault

Artist and illustrator Yves Archambault has been creating posters for the Festival for over 20 years. In 1992, he created “Ste‑Cat”, the Chat bleu that has become a mascot for the event over the years. Yves has also designed illustrations that have appeared throughout the exterior site and on many souvenir products. Every year, his posters are interpreted and reproduced as signed and numbered silkscreens, to the delight of Festival collectors. For this 31st edition of the Festival, Archambault introduces Vénus and Chronos: “Time travelers lifted from the ground by the rhythms of the world fly off to discover the nature of sound, cross boundaries, weave the chords of new harmonies, enchant the human heart,” says their creator. These two posters will be available as silkscreens and added to the panoply of works that have already marked the history of the Festival such as Vingt-ans, Le griot, Le messager and Duo lunaire. .Gifted with an immense creative talent that never ceases to amaze collectors, our artist in residence also creates original works that will be presented in our gallery.

Exclusive works of singular value

Since its inception in 1996, the Galerie du Festival has continually enriched its collection with annual acquisitions of works by a variety of terrific painters (and even a few musicians, whose second passion is painting). Limited series of works by Marcel Barbeau (Django Blue), Alfred Pellan (Le Chat Roi), Miles Davis (Trumpet Player), Lhasa (Music does this), Frédéric Back (Rhapsody in Blue), Tony Bennett (Louis Armstrong), Jean‑Paul Riopelle (Jazz), Miyuki Tanobe (Le festival de jazz de Montréal 1996), and Zïlon (Spirit), have been created, including many by “resident artist” Yves Archambault.

And a Galerie under the tent, corner of Balmoral St. and De Maisonneuve Blvd.

We cordially invite festivalgoers to visit the Galerie Lounge TD, situated in the tent erected at the northern end of the Place des Festivals, right near the new Village de la musique, corner of De Bleury St. and De Maisonneuve Blvd. Over time, works purchased at the Galerie may well represent a fine investment. But more than that, the acquisition of artwork from the Galerie is an expression of valuable support of the Festival, which relies on such revenues to supply so many free outdoor concerts every year.

Artists to be featured at The Galerie Lounge TD this fall

Since last autumn, the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan has been home to the Festival’s permanent gallery. In this ideal location, the Galerie Lounge TD showcases the Festival’s permanent collection and hosts large-scale exhibitions by internationally-renowned artists, painters and photographers. This year only, the Galerie welcomed 12,000 visitors for the Leonard Cohen Artworks Exhibition and over 3000 for the Herman Leonard Exhibition, The Greatest Photographer in the History of Jazz. From August 5 to September 26, visitors can experience the Jazz noir exhibition by painter Zïlon, while the exhibition of works by photographer Elliot Landy, The Spirit of a Generation, will run in the Galerie Lounge TD from October 14 to December 24, 2010.

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