Press release for immediate distribution

Opening of the Galerie du Festival

Face for Jazz by Corno and
Chœur du monde by Yves Archambault

Montreal, Monday, June 29, 2009 - The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is happy to celebrate today’s opening of the 14th season of the Galerie du Festival. This 30th edition of the Festival has the immense privilege of presenting an original work created for the occasion by Corno, a Quebec-born artist of international stature. Entitled Face for Jazz, the piece-which can be admired in the Galerie-will also be available as a silkscreen, with 150 copies numbered and signed by the artist.


Corno’s symbiotic relationship with music makes her presence here most fitting. Music has always provided a bubble within which she immerses herself during the creative process. It accounts for the rhythm in her larger-than-life paintings and the upbeat tempo of her creations. Corno’s art is passionate, edgy and urban. The raw energy of New York City where she has been thriving for the past 18 years pulsates vibrantly in her canvases. Her subject matter is the human body built on contrasts, dichotomies, and unresolved contradictions. Her signature style is instantly recognizable and flamboyant. She combines vivid colours, intense textures, intricate figurative details and explosive gestural movements in a fusion of post-pop and new expressionism. Corno’s story is inspiring. After 30 years of relentless dedication to her art, she is in a league of her own and is represented around the world in prestigious galleries in New York, Paris, London, Monaco, Venice, Singapore, Hong Kong, Seoul and Dubai. In the province of Quebec, she is exclusively represented by AKA Gallery

Yves Archambault

As in previous years, collectors can pick up silkscreens (in limited editions, numbered and signed) taken from a work by Yves Archambault, Festival artist in residence, entitled Choeur du monde, and inspired by the official poster he created for the 2009 edition. Graphic 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, Archambault produces a series of original works, many of which have served as the source for Festival posters, much to the delight of festival-going collectors. The Galerie also offers several special reproductions that, in their own way, have marked the history of the Festival, including Vingt-ans, Le griot, Le messager and Duo lunaire.

Guitars as works of art

Yves Archambault will also collaborate with master guitar-maker Robert Godin to lend his artist’s touch to 9 Godin guitars that will be offered to the public at a silent auction to be held during the SIMM, the Montreal Musician and Musical Instrument Show. The instruments have all been re-designed, painted and sometimes even re-shaped by Archambault, rendering each a totally unique work of art. Major artists appearing at the Festival and at the SIMM will autograph instruments that will also be up for auction. All profits from this auction will once again contribute to the self-financing of the SIMM, a free non-profit event, and help finance youth projects like the Blues Camp. This collaboration between master artist and master instrument creator will ensure the utter uniqueness-remember last year’s selection!-of each of the instruments to be auctioned.

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.

A Galerie in the Maison

The Galerie du Festival will undergo major changes in September, when it becomes the latest jewel housed in the new Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan, taking up residence all year round on the second floor of the new Ste. Catherine Street cultural complex. To inaugurate its new premises, the Galerie hosts a free exhibition of works by illustrious photographer Herman Leonard, whose camera captured so many artists and moments in 20th century jazz. Moreover, at the Festival’s invitation, the artist will enrich his portfolio with live shots of some of the great musicians playing our 30th edition.

And a Galerie under the tent, corner of Balmoral 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. We cordially invite festivalgoers to visit the Galerie du Festival, 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.

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