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Jimi Hendrix lands in the Galerie

The Galerie Lounge TD in Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme

Montréal, Wednesday, June 4, 2014 — To mark the 35th anniversary of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, the Galerie Lounge TD is very proud to present the Québec debut of Drifter’s Escape, a piece by an exceptional artist and one of the most significant musicians of the 20th century, Jimi Hendrix. This official 2014 silkscreen, presented in a limited run of 125 numbered copies bearing the official Jimi Hendrix logo, will be on sale at the Galerie, which will be open throughout the Festival from June 25 to July 6. We remind you that the Galerie has been established on the 2nd floor of the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan since 2009, but returns to the heat of the crowd action for the duration of the Festival, temporarily relocated to the entrance to Place des Arts, in the Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme. Moreover, this is the ideal moment for the Galerie to present its new official silkscreens to the public.

Hailed as the greatest guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone magazine in 2003, Hendrix only recorded 4 albums during his brief, incandescent career. Exploring the possibilities of amplification, pedals, wah-wah and feedback, he created a wholly new style, exploding the limits of the electric guitar as none other before or since, but it is above all his virtuoso musical talent that has left such an enduring and deep impression on our culture.

Drifter’s Escape is the title of a song written by Bob Dylan and covered by Hendrix. The song recounts the story of an outsider oppressed by society, put on trial and found guilty without knowing what the charges against him are. In this illustration, Hendrix offers us his visual interpretation of the story. In the upper right-hand corner, you can clearly see the outsider fleeing the injustices of society.

Exclusive works of singular value

The visual arts have long held a special place in the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. In its second edition, the Festival released a silkscreen dedicated to Louis Armstrong, and in 1989 published a self-portrait by Miles Davis! Since 1996, festival fans have flocked to discover remarkably talented artists in the Galerie, relocated to a tent on the actual site for the duration of the event.

Since then, the Galerie Lounge TD 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.

The Galerie on the move

From June 26 to July 6, the Galerie Lounge TD, located on the 2nd floor of the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan, is moving to make way for the Festival press room. This year again, the Galerie will be situated in the exhibition hall of Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme, Place des Arts. 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 a valuable expression of support of the Festival, which relies on such revenues to supply so many free activities every year.

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