Arrabbiata - Félix Stüssi 5 & Ray Anderson
Here is the fourth chapter of this musical epic that started a decade ago, still starring the same fabulous and adventurous collabo- rators: Alexandre Côté and Bruno Lamarche on saxophone, Clinton Ryder on acoustic bass and drummer Isaiah Ceccarelli. The great American trombonist Ray Anderson, who joined the expedition in 2008, quickly became a key member of this sonic endeavour. ARRABBIATA is the Italian word for «angry», but also refers to the spicy tomato-sauce that accompanies the famous penne dish. The inspiration for the title tune of this blood-red album came from adding the rage, the hopes and the vitality expressed in the Arab Spring and «printemps érable» movements to the sauce. Join us on a visceral musical journey that leads from bottomless pits (FUNDA-MENTALLY) to luminous heights (NÉBULEUSE).
Happy listening! Félix Stüssi
Arrabbiata will be available at the begining of the summer (2014) on Effendi Records.
Emie R. Roussel Nominated Révélation Jazz Radio-Canada 2014-15
Awarded to artists who stand out by their innovations, their originality and the quality of their artistic proposition. During a year, the Révélations artists benefit a personalized support and a showcase offered by Radio-Canada.
The trio’s first release, Temps Inégal, which came out in September, 2010, rose to third place in the top 5 jazz albums of the year named by sortiesJAZZnights.com. The second album for the Emie R Roussel trio, Transit, includes Nicolas Bédard on bass, Dominic Cloutier on drums, along with Quatuor St-Germain and percussionist Julie Quimper. This album also won the 3rd place of jazz CDs of the year by sortiesJAZZnights.com in 2013.
A must to catch on stage and on CD, Emie R.Roussel Trio hits the spot every time!
Video link to the piece La timbale et la fourmi (featured on Transit)
Emie R. Roussel in an interview with Stanley Péan (in French)
Emie R. Roussel
Les Malcommodes on tour
Les Malcommodes will be on tour this srping. They will share their dynamic freshness, sensitive spontaneity, surprising originality and contagious humour in Switzerland, France and Belgium.
Piano: Félix Stüssi
Double-bass: Daniel Lessard
Drums: Pierre Tanguay
24 – Jazz Club, Turin, IT
25 – Musikcontainer Uster, CH
26 – Kunsthaus Glarus, CH
30 – Les Halles de l'ïle, Genève, CH
3 – Le Mandala, Toulouse, FR
6 – L'improviste, Paris, FR
7 – L'improviste, Paris, FR
8 – Jazz Station, Bruxelles, BE
9 – Alte Fabrik, Rapperswil, CH
10 – Biohof im Fondli, Dietikon, CH
Yves Léveillé septet concert and CD launch "Essences des bois"
On February 26th at the famed Cabaret du Lion d'or, wil be the concert and CD launch of Essences des bois by the Yves Léveillé septet. Here is how the composer describes the genesis of this one of a kind esthetic offering:
"With this project, I wanted to get out of known musical paths by putting woodwinds at the forefront and avoiding the habitual use of brass which often predominates in jazz. I wanted energetic and tonic woodwinds without neglectinc their sultry nature. It is with a set of seven musicians coming from the jazz world (Yves Leveille Quartet) and classical world that we took up the challenge. The supple interpretation of the jazzmen combined with the refinement of the musicians accustomed to classical and contemporary repertoire gave a surprising result, all in delicacy. I am very proud of the outcome of this artistic endeavour."
Essences des bois CD launch and concert
February 26th at 8pm @ Lion d'or
1676, rue Ontario Est, Montréal
Concert and CD Launch - "Tome III Errances" by Vincent Gagnon
On Tome III Errances, Vincent Gagnon’s third album is a mélange of live jazz and romance that inspires impressionistic lyrical landscapes to be painted on the imagination.
Recorded during three concerts at Palais Montcalm in 2013, Errrances immerses listeners in a universe molded by poetry and inspired by nocturnal scenes of St-Petersburg, Asuncion, Lausanne and Quebec City. This is music that is mind-expanding and exciting, rich in emotion and improvisation, yet uncomplicated in composition.
This jazz rendez-vous will begin by a conference given by radio MC Stanley Péan whose words will be musically illustrated by the Vincent Gagnon Quartet. The captivating radio host of the daily "Quand le jazz est là" wil speak about different jazz styles.
CD launch and Concert February 13th at 8pm
L'Anglicane 31, rue Wolfe, Vieux-Lévis
Tickets online, by phone 418-838-6000 and in person
Catch Vincent Gagnon on tour:
"Chercher l'équilibre" figures in Le Devoir's top 5 jazz album released in 2014
"Chercher l'équilibre" figures in Le Devoir's top 5 jazz album released in 2014
"The québécois album: Cherchez l'équilibre, of Trio Jérôme Beaulieu, on Effendi. Following the same footsteps as Esbjörn Svensson or Ethan Iverson, Jérôme Beaulieu directs a trio that inspires itself from the actual pop-rock culture. Good rhythmic foundation, beautiful melodic impulses, strong harmonic progressions: Beaulieu and his band hit hard. And well."
Guillaume Bourgault-Côté, Le Devoir, 27 décembre 2013
Buy Trio Jérôme Beaulieu's Chercher l'équilibre
Trio Jérôme Beaulieu chosen Révélation Jazz 2013-14
Laureate of the Jazz en rafale competition and winner at the 2011 Grand Prix du Festi-jazz de Rimouski, the trio offers contemporary jazz with a playful pop flair. Sampling plays a big part in enhancing this diversified musical repertoire by exposing the audience to the accessible and rhythmic side of jazz, both with standards and with original music composed by pianist Jérôme Beaulieu.
EFFENDI @ JAZZ AHEAD
From April 23rd to 28th in Bremen (Germany) was another edition of Jazz Ahead, arguably the most important international jazz trade show.
John Roney Jazzlab - World Colours (CDJazz #5 of 2013 on sortiesjazznights.com)
Sortiesjazznights.com picked 5 "must have" jazz album of 2013. John Roney's Jazzlab World Colours was one of them.
"This huge project that was presented at L'OFF Jazz 2013 was rendered with much creativity and in its purest essence. Around pianist and composer John Roney, JazzLab and somes guests: Lévy Bourbonnais - harmonica, Joseph Khoury - percussions, this important new release marks the 10th year of JazzLab with intelligence, rigor and know-how." sortiesjazznights
Buy World Colours
Rémi Bolduc's Random Masters - one of the best Canadian jazz CDs of 2013
"Bolduc’s Random Masters project is rooted in rhythmic sophistication and power. [...] Random Masters demonstrates some exceptionally agile music making from everyone involved. [...] Bolduc’s writing and arranging continually deliver rich, arresting details apart from the metric randomness."
Buy Random Masters
New distribution deal with Naxos
Effendi is happy to collaborate with Naxos for its distribution.This partnership, which will begin at the end of January, will open the doors to worldwide distribution (including the USA and Europe). A very good news!
"Triades" in nomination at the Junos!
Great news for Sonia Johnson, Annie Poulain and Charles Biddle Jr. their acclaimed album Triades is in nomination at the Juno awards for the VOCAL JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR!
Triades, is the trio created by the words, the melody and the performer. Triades is the inspiring and tender energy of three women and three men crazy about jazz. Triades is a trio of singers and a trio of instrumentalists, which intermingle, unite and dialogue by creating poetic frescos intended to highlight the instrumental melodies of some of the best composers of jazz in Quebec.
The Juno awards will be presented in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada during the weekend of 29-30 March 2014.
We are proud of the men and women who contributed to Triades' creation and we wish them good luck!
Yves Léveillé receives a Prix Opus
Congratulations to Marie-Josée Simard, François Bourassa and Yves Léveillé who received a Prix Opus for the JAZZ CONCERT OF THE YEAR for their show « en trois couleurs ». Prizes were awarded recently during the Gala des prix Opus presented by the Conseil Québécois de la Musique.
Congratulations also to all the musicians who contribute to our vibrant musical scene!
Effendi partner of the Jazz en Rafale young talent contest
Effendi encourages young musicians to register in the 9th edition of Jazz en Rafale young talent contest.
Effendi is proud to sponsor Jazz en Rafale, a contest that contributes to the development of local talent.
Resgister here (application deadline: February 3rd)
Jazz en Rafale: March 20th to 29th in Montréal