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Drifter’s escape by Jimi Hendrix and Saxophoenix by Yves Archambault

Opening of the Galerie Lounge TD at Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme

Montreal, Thursday, June 26, 2014 — The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is happy to celebrate today’s opening of the Galerie Lounge TD, situated for a fourth year in the exhibition hall of Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme, Place des Arts for the duration of the Festival. For its 35th edition, the Festival and its Galerie have the immense privilege of presenting a piece created by Jimi Hendrix: entitled Drifter’s Escape, an art-quality silkscreen in a limited print edition tirage exclusive to the Festival, taken from a previously unseen piece by Jimi Hendrix and finally available for purchase. The Galerie will also showcase Saxophoenix, a silkscreen of an original work created for this year’s edition by our artist in residence, Yves Archambault. In addition, Festival fans will find other original works by Archambault. The Galerie Lounge TD will be open from June 26 to July 6, 2014.

Jimi Hendrix

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. 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. The psychedelic-rock icon habitually worked in the visual arts, his second form of expression.

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.

Yves Archambault

Artist and illustrator Yves Archambault has been creating posters for the Festival for 26 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 outdoor site and on many souvenir products. Every year, his posters are interpreted and reproduced as signed and numbered silkscreens, to the delight of Festival collectors. This year, the artist presents Saxophoenix, an original work inspired by the official poster conceived specially for the silkscreen and added to the panoply of works that have already marked the history of the Festival such as Crossroads, Vingt-ans, Le griot, Le messager, Duo lunaire, Vénus and Chronos. Gifted with an immense creative talent that never ceases to amaze collectors, our artist in residence also creates original works that will be presented for the first time in the Galerie.

Exclusive works of singular value

Since its inception in 1996, 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, Alfred Pellan, Miles Davis, Lhasa, Frédéric Back, Tony Bennett, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Miyuki Tanobe, and Zïlon, have been created, including many by “resident artist” Yves Archambault.

The Galerie on the move

From June 25 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 an expression of valuable support of the Festival, which relies on such revenues to supply so many free activities every year.

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