With nearly 20 years of bringing their special blend of Gypsy jazz and revisited cover songs to audiences, Christine Tassan et les Imposteures have made a name for themselves on the music scene.
Pioneers in a domain usually reserved for men and precursors of the gypsy wave that swept across Québec, this quartet led by guitarist Christine Tassan continues to reinvent this timeless music while integrating new ideas and influences with an originality and flair we have become familiar with. From standards to original compositions, the Imposteures’ musical arrangements innovate, rejuvenate and leave room for unbridled creativity from four talented and accomplished musicians.
With 7 albums and more than 600 concerts in various venues and festivals, including numerous appearances in major events and tours across Canada, Europe, USA and China, they have cultivated the adoration and loyalty of an ever growing fan base. We have had the chance to see them at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, at the Django Reinhardt Festival in Samois-sur-Seine (France), at hte Liberchies Django Festival (Belgium) and at the North-West Django Fest (USA).
The band proposes two shows: “Django Belles” and “Django, Felix and friends” who received theJazz album of the year Opus Award in 2017 and has been nominated in the Show of the year category in 2018.
Django Belles: come into the magic of Christmas and winter !
Django Belles whisks us away in a musical frenzy celebrating winter in all its forms! With this repertoire of songs and instrumental pieces, Django Belles is a colorful show that’s playful, poetic and funny, with a devilish swing supported by some surprising arrangements. On this show, the band is enriched with the swing of two exceptional brass players, a trumpeter and a trombonist !
Django, Felix and friends: a tribute to giants of the swing music !
Django, Felix and friends brings together some of the best works by Django Reinhardt, Félix Leclerc and American swing composers. With a singular mix of virtuosity, daring and humour, the band draws inspiration from one artist’s poetry and the other’s swing to weave a rich new musical universe, an ode to freedom and creativity. In the same line of thought, they’ve expanded their concept to the wonderful swing music of some contemporary “friends” of Django and Félix, such as George Gershwin, Louis Prima or Charlie Chaplin, blending them nicely with Django’s beautiful melodies.
Winner of the “Jazz album of the year” Opus Award (2017)
Nominated in “Show of the year” Opus Award (2018)
Lead vocals, songwriting, arrangements Music director and leader of the band
At the helm of les Imposteures since their formation, and with a successful career as a guitarist spanning over 20 years, Christine Tassan is now a prominent figure in the gypsy jazz scene. A loyal ambassador of the genre, she is also one of its rare female leading soloists. An excellent composer, a fine melodist, a first class improvisator, and a sensitive singer, Christine plies her craft with finesse, brilliance, self- confidence and an infectious dynamism.
A remarkable violinist, Martine Gaumond makes her instrument vibrate with a high voltage that affects the crowd with equal intensity. An excellent improvisator, she handles her bow with disarming ease and opens the door to the most beautiful poetic bursts. She also makes use of incredible vocal talents, weaving subtle harmonies that elevate the ensemble.
Lead vocals, songwriting, arrangements
Shaped by a successful musical path which has seen her play an impressive variety of styles, Blanche Baillargeon is an accomplished musician, composer and arranger. She lays the rhythmic foundation of the group, as well as producing some heartfelt solos. Fine and delicate, she handles the upright bass with surprising force and softness. She also brilliantly expresses her talent as an arranger within the group.
Solid as a rock on rhythm guitar, Jeff is a jazz guitar specialist. He plays in several Montreal bands, adding his personal touch to every project. Recently arrived within the Imposteures, he knew right away how to adapt his energy to the band, bringing his passion and various musical influences, which include Bulgarian folklore and swing music.
Jeff Moseley might by replaced by Ivan Garzon on specific shows or tours.
Invited musicians on DJANGO BELLES show/album
Justine Verreault-Fortin, a wonderful trumpeter, plays with such ease that she makes us travel in her universe, both touching and full of energy. With her contagious smile and great happiness, she knows how to push the perfect note to draw us the right emotion, from laughter to tears. Also arranger, she received her bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance with distinction. On stage, she reveals her personality through her instrument: striking, delicate, with a jazzy touch!
Like the extensive register of her trombone, Karine Gordon knows how to go from high notes, through her communicative humour, to low ones, through her great sensitivity. An outstanding improviser, she lets her emotions emerge through her music and a nice craziness. Far from hiding behind her instrument, it is on the contrary through it that she expresses herself, communicating to the audience joy and happiness!