The Excellence of French Jazz this summer in Ottawa [fr]
The French Embassy in Canada, the Institut Français and the Consulates General of France in Vancouver and Moncton, are proud to present an exceptional program presented during three of English-speaking Canada’s best-known international jazz festivals in Vancouver, Ottawa and Halifax (from June 23 to July 7).
June 23 – July 7, 2012
The Excellence of French Jazz
Five groups on tour in Ottawa, Vancouver and Halifax.
From June 23 to July 7, Spotlight on French Jazz will bring together five innovative groups representing new trends: Hélène Labarrière (string bass) Médéric Collignon (cornet), Benoît Delbecq (piano), Pierrick Pédron (saxophone) and Marc Ducret (guitar).
Spotlight on French Jazz – Ottawa, Vancouver, Halifax
Coordinated by the Embassy of France in Canada and the Institut Français
together with the Consulates General of France in Moncton and in Vancouver
Sponsored by EADS Canada Inc.
In Ottawa, during the Ottawa Jazz Festival (June 21-July1) discover :
Pierrick Pedron is a saxophone player and composer, was born in Saint Brieuc (France).
Ten years after starting on the sax in his native Brittany and perfecting his skills at local dances, Pédron discovered jazz. That was 16 years ago... read more
Hélène Labarrière is a French bass player and composer playing mainly jazz and improvised music.
Hélène began playing the piano at age seven, as well as developing a love for dance. At age 16, she chose music over dance, and a different instrument, bass. Before long, she was giving her first concerts in cafés and restaurants, accompanied by jazz guitarist Pierre Brunel... read more
Benoît Delbecq Benoît Delbecq is a French jazz pianist. Born in a family of music lovers, Benoît Delbecq began performing on the piano at age seven. Trained in music analysis and writing and in jazz (studying under Steve Coleman, Dave Holland, Muhal Richard Abrams, Mal Waldron, Alan Silva, and Bernard Maury), he is a unique musician on the international jazz scene. Before embracing a career in music, Delbecq studied electroacoustic techniques, acoustics ... read more
Médéric Collignon est un cornettiste, saxhorniste et multivocaliste de jazz français.
Après avoir commencé le solfège à 5 ans, il continue son apprentissage à la trompette dès l’âge de 7 ans. Marqué par une éducation classique et par une grande curiosité musicale doublée d’une forte personnalité, il impose son originalité avec son instrument de prédilection, le cornet à pistons de poche... lire
Marc Ducret is a French guitarist, a self-taught musician, who began his professional career very early on, at age 17. As a result, his style has been deeply influenced by rock, bebop and marked by his originality. Ducret is first and foremost an electric guitarist, but also frequently uses both the six- and 12-string guitars... read more
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