Show: Voyage intérieur (Inner Journey)
In September 2020, guitarist and composer Christine Tassan launched Voyage intérieur (Inner Journey) — an inventive personal project of 10 instrumental compositions. Recorded with her quintet, the album unveils jazz, electric and bebop sounds.
Involved on the gypsy jazz scene for well over 20 years, Christine felt the strong urge to explore a new style, new sounds, moods, and arrangements while touring with Les Imposteures. Halfway between the guitarist’s European influences and the pulse of North American jazz, her album opens the doors to an impressionistic universe colored by intense melodies and varied rhythms that take us on a journey from bolero to swing, and from bossa to funk.
This time, Christine Tassan’s magic, seductive, energetic, and melodious touch is at work on the electric guitar. In this new venture, Christine was able to draw on the subtlety of Aurélien Tomasi on saxophones and clarinet, the sensitivity of pianist Yannick Anctil au piano, , the ardor of Hugo Blouin and his double bass, and the flawless rhythmic of Maude Bastien behind the drums.
For more than 20 years, Christine Tassan, an outstanding guitarist, has been steering her ship with boundless enthusiasm and confidence. Blessed with an absolutely contagious dynamism, she is one of the rare female jazz and gypsy jazz guitar soloists; and she stands out for her sensitive playing, her quiet strength, and her irresistible audacity. As a singer, composer, writer, director, and producer, she has contributed to numerous musical projects in Quebec and internationally, both as a leader (Christine Tassan et les Imposteures) and as a guest musician (most notably with The Lost Fingers, Paul Kunigis, Trio Martin Bellemare, Canto Tango).
A multi-instrumentalist, composer, and arranger, Aurélien Tomasi is the musical director of Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra, a band with whom he regularly performs in Quebec and abroad. With Sesquialtera, he offers his most accomplished musical project to date. Aurélien has also recorded, composed, and arranged for numerous productions, from Cirque Eloize to Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. As a student at Université de Montréal, he was awarded the prestigious Sophie Desmarais Scholarship for his participation in the Big Band as saxophonist, clarinetist and flutist.
Active since 2005, Hugo Blouin’s musical trajectory is linked to the jazz and folk scenes, with some forays into songs, poetry, and contemporary music. He is actually leading the project Charbonneau ou les valeurs à bonne place, which won the Jazz Concert of the Year Award (OPUS 2019) and the Jazz Album of the Year Award (GAMIQ 2018). He is a member of the group MAZ, (official selection at WOMEX17) and of the Trio Jonathan Turgeon (Stingray Rising Stars Award at the 2018 Montreal International Jazz Festival.) In turn performer, composer and producer, Hugo has contributed to some twenty albums.
Crafting his distinctive sound over the years, Yannick Anctil is a pianist of great sensitivity and unique creativity. This leads him to be involved in the Fad’azz project of the Portuguese singer Suzi Silva, which mixes fado and jazz. Yannick also plays alongside Sergiu Popa and Olivier Babaz and performs at L’Astral and Théâtre Outremont, among other venues. His creativity brings him to participate in emerging jazz projects with drummer Frédéric Hébert (l’Aube, 2019) and guitarist Jean-Michel Leblanc (Variétés Narratives, 2019).
Discovering the drums around age 15, Maude Bastien decided to devote herself entirely to the instrument upon beginning her college studies in music. Since then, she has enjoyed being completely involved in the exploration and mastery of her instrument. Maude’s passion has allowed her to play with excellent musicians in Canada and in a few places around the world, notably in Nicaragua, Nunavik, the United States and China.