Press release for immediate distibution

Tickets go on sale this Saturday at noon

It’s a musical world tour with

Kiran Ahluwalia, Pacifika, Tigran Hamasyan, Acoustic Africa, Maurane and Bruce Cockburn

in the Jazz All Year Round series!

Montreal, Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal’s Jazz All Year Round series, presented by TD, keeps the ball rolling through the winter months with another slate of shows sure to impress our faithful fans! A calendar already bursting with a rich and diverse array of concerts adds in musical visitors from virtually every conceivable port-of-call, bringing us traditions from every horizon: from India, Mali, Portugal, Canada, Armenia, Belgium, South Africa, Peru and the Ivory Coast-it’s a musical world tour under the flag of jazz and its related genres! Tickets for these new concerts go on sale this Saturday, October 23 at noon.

Kiran Ahluwalia - Wednesday, January 19, 8 p.m., L’Astral - Blend Indian Ghazals, Portuguese fado, blues, Celtic music and even a little electric guitar, and you’ve got Kiran Ahluwalia, who performed as part of the 25th anniversary of the Festival and has since returned twice. Now, the very incarnation of World music is back to enchant us anew with sounds from virtually every continent on Earth and a new album, Aam Zameem, set to touareg rhythms!

Pacifika - Thursday, January 20, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., L’Astral - A scant few months after packing the Savoy du Métropolis in 2009, Silvana Kane, Adam Popowitz and Toby Peter launched a perfectly “21st century” 13-track album in which boundaries are a thing of the past, vanished as if by magic. The group, chosen as one of the 2008 Révélations Radio‑Canada Musique, return singing in Spanish, English and sometimes even in French on their latest, Supermagique, sure to put the entire planet under its spell. Those who already love this distinctive percussive pop won’t be disappointed. Quite simply, it’s magic.

Tigran Hamasyan - Friday, February 11, 8 p.m., L’Astral - Barely 23, this jazz prodigy has already racked up his share of awards. His compositions reveal an original and unfettered musical mind; Hamasyan even integrates elements of hard rock and Armenian folklore. The exceptional pianist showcases his raw talent in a solo concert. Stunning! Hamasyan is back by popular demand after his two sold-out shows at the Festival last summer.

Acoustic Africa - Saturday, March 5, 8 p.m., Club Soda - Prepare your eyes and ears for a feast as Club Soda welcomes this magnificent project assembling three major virtuosi of the acoustic guitar, three massive African music superstars: modern Malian griot Habib Koité, who packed Club Soda in 2009, his compatriot Afel Bocoum, who hasn’t graced us with his presence for several years, and Zimbabwean Oliver Mtukudzi, in a Jazz All Year Round premiere. It’s a rare opportunity to (re)discover the incommensurable richness of music and guitar in an African accent.

Maurane - Tuesday, April 12, 8 p.m., L’Astral - She’s usually a regular at Les FrancoFolies de Montréal (in 1989, 1990, 1992, 1997 and 2001), but this year, the Festival is thrilled to welcome Maurane, a true icon of francophone song, to the intimate confines of L’Astral. With 12 albums to her credit (including 4 released since her last visit to Montreal), our fave Belgian with the surprising sense of swing is at ease with jazz as she is with pop. To prove it, she’ll offer us double the pleasure, performing songs from her latest album, Nougaro ou l’espérance en l’homme, a tribute to her late jazz-loving friend, along with the hits that conquered the entire French-speaking-and singing!-world.

Bruce Cockburn - Wednesday, April 13 and Thursday, April 14, 8 p.m., L’Astral - We’ve lost count of the Junos, gold records and various awards he’s racked up since releasing his first album in 1970, but one thing is certain: over the past 40 years, this member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame (2001) has never failed to amaze us! Slice O Life, released in en 2009 is, incredibly, the 30th album from Canadian singer-guitarist Bruce Cockburn, not to mention his first live solo disc. After having presented him in an intimate venue in 2005, organizers of the Jazz All Year Round series had but one wish: to relive that experience in the magnificent ambience of L’Astral!

Please note that tickets remain available for these other concerts
in the
Jazz All-Year Round series:

L’Astral

François Bourassa, Michel Donato, Frank Lozano and Pierre Tanguay play Bill Evans, October 22, 8 p.m. / Piers Faccini, October 28, 8 p.m. / Bob Walsh, October 30, 8 p.m. / Steve Hill, November 5, 8 p.m. / Septeto Nacional Ignacio Piñeiro, November 9, 8 p.m. / Jane Monheit, November 10, 8 p.m. / Renaud Garcia-Fons, November 12, 8 p.m. / Dawn Tyler Watson and Paul Deslauriers, November 13, 8 p.m. / MonkeyJunk, November 17, 8 p.m. / Jordan Officer, November 18, 8 p.m. / Jill Barber and Michael Kaeshammer, double bill, November 20, 6:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. / Shane Murphy, November 24, 8 p.m. / Colin Moore (opening act: Anastasia Friedman), December 4, 8 p.m. / The Wood Brothers, December 7, 8 p.m / Susie Arioli, December 10 & 11, 8 p.m.

We remind you that the Steve Hill concert originally scheduled for October 23 has been moved to November 5, same time and venue-at 8 p.m. in L’Astral.

Métropolis

Toumani Diabaté, Eliades Ochoa, Bassekou Kouyaté, Baba Sissoko in AfroCubism, November 5, 8 p.m. / Johnny Clegg, April 9, 8 p.m.

We also take this opportunity to remind you of the first concert announced for the forthcoming edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal: Sade, June 30, 2011, 7:30 p.m. in the Centre Bell, presented in collaboration with Evenko and Live Nation.

The Festival de Jazz on tour

We remind you that the Festival is going on tour across Quebec for a 2nd year. This time out, excellent guitarist Jordan Officer and charming singer Stacey Kent take on the province: in Montreal on March 11 & 12, 2011, in L’Astral, as well as March 10 in Longueuil, March 13 in Gatineau, March 15 in Brossard, March 17 in Saint‑Hyacinthe, March 18 in Sainte-Thérèse, March 19 in Shawinigan, March 20 in Sherbrooke, March 24 in Valleyfield, March 25 in L’Assomption, March 26 in Beloeil and March 27 in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.

A non-profit organization, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is pursuing its mission of disseminating and developing jazz and its musical cousins for the eleventh year in a row, by reinvesting its surpluses in the presentation of special concerts at its Jazz All-Year Round series. With support from public partners, specifically, the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC) and Canadian Heritage, it can thus offer Montrealers and visitors to the city the chance to experience the rhythms of jazz all-year round! The Festival also highlights the support of the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan, official host of the Jazz All Year Round series, as well as the support of Bell and the Hyatt Regency Montréal, partner and official hotel of the series, respectively.

Tickets go on sale Saturday at noon

Tickets for these new concerts in the 2010-2011 autumn/winter program of the Jazz All-Year Round series go on sale Saturday, November 23 at noon and will be available from the L’Astral box office (305 Ste. Catherine St. W.), from the Festival’s central box office, located in Métropolis (59 Ste. Catherine St. E.), or from Admission and Ticketmaster (admission.com and ticketmaster.com, 514 790‑1245 or 1 800 361‑4595). For further information, call the Bell Info-Jazz Line at 514 871‑1881, toll-free at 1 888 515‑0515, or visit montrealjazzfest.com.

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