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L’OFF Jazz 11th Edition, Montréal, Québec

United States
Tuesday, September 21st 2010 — From the 15th to the 23rd of October, L’OFF Jazz Festival will present its 11th edition: new dates, new locations and new challenges. It has traded the heat of summer for the beauty of the autumn colours, thereby asserting its independence as a separate entity. The programming team has put together this new edition in a spirit of freedom and creativity.

L’OFF Jazz in the Quartier Latin: festive jazz and urban performances

This year, the festival will kick-off in the heart of Montreal’s Quartier Latin neighbourhood with five free outdoor concerts in the vicinity of the Place Pasteur, on the 15th and the 16th of October. Celebratory events and urban performances will be the order of the day on the sidewalks of St-Denis Street, as well as by UQAM design school Lieu_dit art installation. These concerts will feature: Boom JACAK, l’Orkestre des Pas Perdus, Grüv’N Brass, Nozen, as well as the Latin Combo from the Music Department at UQAM, formed especially for the occasion. This event was made possible thanks to the collaboration of UQAM, the Société de développement du Quartier Latin and the Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles.

Opening night : an evening brought to you by the number 11

On Friday October 15th, the opening day festivities will continue at 8:00PM at the Lion d’Or, for an exceptional evening of entertainment, featuring: Il était une fois dans L’OFF (Once upon a time in the L’OFF). The festival programming team has chosen to form a tailor-made band: 11th edition, 11 musicians, and 11 new creations. It will be an evening in which the festival’s underlying values will shine through: solidarity, talent and creativity. A truly unique concert!

A 5 à 7 series: A socializing smorgasbord

This year, the 5 à 7s will be presented at the Dièse Onze Jazz Club. Running the gamut from world-inspired jazz to modern jazz, with forays into reinvented Manouche jazz, these eight concerts will offer a little something for everyone. On the menu: Michel Berthiaume Quintet, Parc X-Trio, Maânouche Swing Quintet, Sonia Johnson, Jean- Marc Hébert, Odd Lot, André Bourgeois Quartet and Bomata. This series is a presentation of the sponsor, Actions Multiflammes.

Admission is on a voluntary donation basis

The 8:00PM and 9:30PM concerts : great musical moments

For the 8:00PM and 9:30PM concerts, L’OFF Jazz Festival will be making a splash in several Montreal venues, from the Sala Rossa to the Gesù, with stopovers at the Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur, the Maison de la Culture Frontenac, and of course, the Lion d’Or. Thursday October 21st, the prolific Joël Miller will present Les voix de mon coeur, an ambitious merging of his Mandala project with the Concerto Della Donna women’s choir, directed by Iwan Edwards. Two long-awaited albums will be launched on October 18th and 19th: Octo Portraits, the new opus by the Jazzlab collective, as well as Chorégraphie from the pianist, Yves Léveillé. The festival will welcome Ontarians David Mott and Darren Sigesmund, as well as the great American pianist Myra Melford, during three very promising evenings. Wednesday, October 20th, Marianne Trudel and Alexandre Grogg will be in good company in the intimate setting of the Chapelle historique Jean-Nicolas Trottier, a festival mainstay, will return with his resolutely modern project. Steve Raegele, with some help from his fellow musical conspirators, Miles Perkin and Thom Gossage, will dazzle us with his organic and profound music. Finally, the traditional free concert of jazz and poetry will feature the Innu poet Joséphine Bacon.

8:00PM and 9:30PM concerts: from $15 to $25.

The Nocturnal Series: an avant-garde series 10:00PM concerts will take place this year for the first time at the Casa del Popolo. Improvised music, rock, free, fusion and a plethora of musical flavours will be arrayed in a banquet of satisfying music. Talent and risk-taking will be the operative words of this nocturnal series. On the bill, a Western by Antoine Berthiaume and Rodéoscopique, the eccentricity of Jon Lindhorst, the class of Jake Henry, the audacity of Magnitude 6, the virtuosity of Rémi-Jean LeBlanc, the originality of the project LP, the humour of Vulgarités and the musicality of Anna Webber.

10:00PM Concerts: $10

Ending with a bang!

The festival will come to a close on October 23rd at the Lion d’Or with a fabulous evening and the launch of two albums. First, the drummer Karl Jannuska, who has emigrated to France a few years ago, will return to offer us his new creations that are modern yet accessible, original and sincere. He will be accompanied by, among others, the talented singer Sienna Dahlen. The evening will culminate in a performance of Tremblement de fer, by Pierre Labbé, now on the Dame record label. From the 50 musicians in the original project, the saxophonist has distilled his team down to 13 exceptional musicians. This edgy work is full of life. It will wrap up this 11th edition beautifully. Special events

For the first time ever, L’OFF Jazz festival will present a brunch concert at the Upstairs Jazz & Grill on Sunday October 17th, featuring the amazing Aurélia O’Leary and her trio. As well, two evenings will be presented in collaboration with the festival: Jean-Christophe Beney on October 17th and Carl Naud October 19th. As part of the non-concert activities offered by the festival, the Toronto upright bass player, Jim Vivian, will teach a master class, which will be held at McGill University. Furthermore, Myra Melford will lead a conference on the work of Xénakis at the Canadian Centre of Architecture.

L’OFF Jazz team hopes to delight, once again, jazz fans and curious music buffs alike. The vitality of the local jazz scene will be on centre stage for nine days, during which we will celebrate once again the incredible talent of our creators.

Enjoy the festival!

To not miss out on anything, a festival passport can be purchased for $100 at the regular price and $80 at the reduced price.

Ticket outlets :

L’OBLIQUE – 4333, Rivard St.– 514 499 1323

ARTICULÉE – 1182, Saint-Laurent Blvd.– 514 844 2172


Information : 514-524-0831
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