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Spotlight on French Jazz #4

April 21, 2015 | By francecanadaculture Canada

In partnership with TD Ottawa Jazz Festival and TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the Embassy of France in CanadaInstitut Français, and the Consulate General of France in Vancouver are delighted to present Spotlight on French Jazz #4.

Spotlight on French Jazz is a program that highlights new French Jazz scene at jazz festivals throughout Canada between mid June and mid July. The festivals gather over 3,000,000 jazz enthusiastics!

2015 brings a very eclectic and surprising programming to the festival, with a focus on instrumental and vocal jazz. These ensembles will perform at the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival, TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, TD Halifax Jazz Festival and also at Festival de Jazz de Montréal.

This edition features Cyrille Aimée, Céline Bonacina, Airelle Besson, Benoit Delbecq et Richard Galliano & Sylvain Luc.

Cyrille Aimée

As a curious child in Samois-sur-Seine, she would sneak out of her bedroom window to wander into the nearby gypsy encampments filled with those attending the annual Django Reinhardt Festival. She quickly fell in love with gypsy music and way of life; years later she would sing on street corners with friends while traveling across Europe. 

Gigs

June 20, 2015 @ Ottawa International Jazz Festival

June 21, 2015 @ Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Website: Cyrille Aimée

Céline Bonacina

Nguyên Lê on Céline Bonacina: ”I couldn’t keep myself from admiring the vitality and beauty of Céline’s music and the rich expressiveness of her playing. This young woman has the strong urge to break through the confines of the genre just to be herself. This character trait probably made her to choose such a powerful instrument to play. During the time we spend together working on this album, I constantly got to know new facets of her artistic personality. What a contrast that lies between her delicate appearance, her gentle as impish nature and the passion in each of her tones”.

Gigs

June 27, 2015 @ Ottawa International Jazz Festival

June 28, 2015 @ Vancouver International Jazz Festival

July 8, 2015 @ Halifax Jazz Festival

Website: Céline Bonacina

Airelle Besson

Forming an ongoing duo with Brazilian guitarist Nelson Veras, she has carefully paired two instruments that do not necessarily seem like they would match each other well. The result is music with its own unique combination of composition and tonal texture.

Gigs

June 27, 2015 @ Ottawa International Jazz Festival

June 28, 2015 @ Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Website: Airelle Besson

Benoît Delbecq avec Sam Blaser & Gerry Hemingway

Brilliant and unconventional French pianist will perform with friends Sam Blaser and Gerry Hemingway to present an outstanding trio.

Gigs

June 19, 2015 @ Ottawa International Jazz Festival

June 20, 2015 @ Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Websites: Benoît Delbecq, Sam Blaser, Gerry Hemingway

Richard Galliano & Sylvain Luc

An experienced and creative duo. Not to be missed!

Gigs

June 29, 2015 @ Ottawa International Jazz Festival

June 30 & July 1, 2015 @ Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

Websites: Richard Galliano & Sylvain Luc

For more information, French Consulate in Vancouver website