Montreal, Monday, June 1, 2015 — The new season of Jazz All Year Round presented by TD kicks off this August with six new concerts presenting elite artist in jazz, rock and world music. Tickets for these concerts go on sale today at noon, except for the concert by Doyle Bramhall II—tickets for that one go on sale Wednesday, June 3 at noon.
Brad Mehldau solo — May 27, 2016, 8 p.m., Maison symphonique — Brad Mehldau solo—we can’t get enough! After his immensely successful solo shows at the Festival and last year’s triumph in the Maison symphonique, the virtuoso returns to offer another glimpse of his incredible talent in the venue that suits him so well, tailor-made for this type of musical intimacy. It’s an incomparable opportunity to see and hear a pianist of this stature, a gifted musician, original thinker and astonishing improviser, in one of the finest rooms in the city. Brilliant.
Mariza — October 28, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA — Fado is to Portugal what the blues is to the U.S., or tango to Argentina. One of the queens of this melancholy music, Mariza was born in Mozambique and grew up in Mouraria, one of Lisbon’s most characteristic neighbourhoods. A product of that fusion, the singer’s golden voice channels surprisingly powerful emotion in an unusual, daring fado influenced by jazz, flamenco and Latin music. She brings us the best of the music, with passion and deep sensitivity, in a cabaret-style ambience, featuring songs from her upcoming new album, Mundo!
Ibeyi — October 4, 8 p.m., Théâtre Corona — After blowing away an absolutely packed Théâtre Fairmount this past March, twins Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Díaz are back by popular demand! An absolute phenomenon all over Europe since the release of their debut EP, Oya, in 2014, the Franco-Cuban duo—the daughters of percussionist Miguel “Anga” Díaz of the Buena Vista Social Club—are inheritors of yoruba culture, plumbing a wide range of influences on their debut album for XL Recordings. Anyone who missed their concert in spring will want to hurry before these tickets are snapped up!
Doyle Bramhall II — August 12, 8 p.m., Club Soda — He’s recognized as one of the world’s most gifted guitarists by none other than Eric Clapton—in fact, Doyle Bramhall II played as Slowhand’s right hand man for a decade. Now, he’s treating us to one of his exceedingly rare appearances in Montreal. Famed for his collaborations with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmie Vaughan and Roger Waters, spiritual son of Lightnin’ Hopkins, Freddie and Albert King, the American guitarist arrives to rock us with material from his 4th solo album.
Biréli Lagrène — October 2, 8 p.m., Club Soda — With his stylistic versatility and incredible CV, including collaborations with such jazz giants as McLaughlin, Grappelli and Di Meola, Biréli Lagrène is a guitar prodigy, a standard-bearer and absolute reference point in the gypsy tradition. A devotee of jazz manouche, and therefore of Django Reinhardt, he launched himself into the adventure of musical fusion before returning to sounds of his roots. Lagrène ranks among our most astonishing magicians on acoustic and electric guitar!
Cordâme — November 27, 8 p.m., L’Astral — Cordâme explores the textures, timbre and sounds particular to stringed instruments, creating an evocative, richly imagistic music, effortlessly transporting the listener to a landscape of blended folk traditions. Led by prolific double bassist and composer Jean Félix Mailloux, with Marie Neige Lavigne (violin), Sheila Hannigan (cello), Jérôme Beaulieu (piano), Éveline Grégoire-Rousseau (harp), Mark Nelson (drums) and Guillaume Bourque (clarinet), the ensemble brings us an emotionally-charged concert, weaving a subtle and fascinating music that Claude Rajotte of Musique Plus has described as gentleness itself.
Tickets go on sale today at noon
(except Doyle Bramhall II’s concert, on sale Friday, June 3 at noon)
- Place des Arts and Maison symphonique de Montréal: 175 Ste. Catherine Street West; 514 842-2112, 1 866 842-2112 or placedesarts.com
- Corona Theatre: 2490 Notre-Dame West; 514 931-2088, theatrecoronavirginmobile.com
- Club Soda: 1225 St. Lawrence Boulevard; 514 286-1010 or clubsoda.ca
- L’Astral (Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan): 305 Ste. Catherine Street West; ticketmaster.ca or 1 855 790-1245 — sallelastral.com
For further information, call the Info-Jazz La Presse+ Line at 514 871-1881, toll-free at 1 85JAZZFEST, or visit montrealjazzfest.com.
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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 15th year in a row, by reinvesting its potential 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.
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