Montreal, Saturday, June 30, 2018 — The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto are pleased to be present The Stingray Rising Star Award for best composition to the Trio Jonathan Turgeon avec Alex Dodier for their piece Kick la canne.
The prize will be presented to him by Laurent Saulnier Vice-President of Programming, Maurin Auxémery, Programmer and Pierre-Jean Lavigne, main product manager for Stingray Musique.
The Trio Jonathan Turgeon avec Alex Dodier
Pianist of the emerging jazz scene of Montreal, Jonathan Turgeon quickly became known for his creativity and dexterity. Combining a classical music baggage and his passion for jazz, the young musician affirms through his compositions a very personal identity. Inspired by jazz figures such as Brad Mehldau, Avishai Cohen and The Bad Plus, he tries to cross boundaries between musical genres.
With a strong technical and inspired jazz, the Jonathan Turgeon trio, who officiates since 2011, presents Les rêves errants (2017), their second album of modern jazz compositions with classical and rock influences. Leaving a central place to the creativity of the musicians, the trio gives life to a personal music where writing and improvisation merge. With the special participation of saxophonist Alex Dodier, the group emits a captivating energy that grooves and breathes through the eight segments of Les rêves errants.
Stingray Rising Star Award
The 2018 Stingray Rising Star Award is going to the Trio Johnathan Turgeon avec Alex Dodier for their piece Kick la canne. In addition to a $5,000 grant , the winner will also be given visibility on the Stingray music network all across the world.
By encouraging these upcoming stars, Stingray Music is fulfilling one of its heartfelt objectives.
The other nominated artists this year were: Gentiane MG trio, Charles Trudel, Razalaz and SHPIK.
A springboard for Canadian jazz ensembles
Created in 1982 by the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, the Grand Jazz Award has become a springboard for local musicians with bright futures in jazz. Every summer, the awarding of the TD Grand Jazz Award has increasingly drawn the interest of the general public, as well as observers of the national and international jazz scenes, giving that last big boost to groups or artists on the verge of general recognition.