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François Bourassa is one of the leading artists on the Canadian jazz scene. An Oscar Peterson Award winner at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal (2007), he has also won recognition from the public here and abroad, thanks to creative, inspired and sensitive compositions. Funky or contemplative, François Bourassa’s music is also that of its excellent musicians and longtime friends, for whom his music is “tailored”. The complicity between them on stage gives a unique concert atmosphere. » What amazes (me) is how well the musicians understand the language of their leader » (Le Soleil). Virtuosity, synergy, audacity, but also humor and love of music: a jazz meeting not to be missed!
Composer/pianist François Bourassa, 2007 Oscar Peterson Prize recipient (Montréal International Jazz Festival) leads one of Canada’s most successful jazz ensembles with André Leroux (sax), Guy Boisvert (bass), and Philippe Melanson (drums). The quartet’s recording, Idiosyncrasie (Effendi) – the latest in a catalogue of critically-acclaimed CDs – has received a JUNO Award nomination (Canada) for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year. Rasstones, released in 2007, won the OPUS (Québec) award. A previous recording, Live at the Top of the Senator, won Canada’s highest recording honour, the JUNO, and his Indefinite Time garnered him a FÉLIX, Quebec’s equivalent to the Grammy. Numerous tours have taken him all over the world, from festivals and concerts in Europe, to the US and Canada, Russia, India, China, Korea, Japan and Mexico, where he has performed in such prestigious events as the North Sea, Cork, and Paris Jazz Festivals; Dizzy’s Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City; and twice at the International Association of Jazz Educators’ conference (in New Orleans and Toronto). Francçois Bourassa has appeared onstage with many of the greats of jazz, including Wayne Shorter, Dave Brubeck and Dizzy Gillespie. « A pianist and composer of high stature in his native Montréal, Mr. Bourassa favors avant-gardism of a liquid and often lyrical sort. » – Nate Chinen, New York Times
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