Bourgie Hall presents

From Bach to Bowie

Inspired by the eclectic tastes of Jean-Michel Basquiat, this duo of improvising musicians ventures a deconstruction of Bach and Beethoven, and a metamorphosis of avant-pop and new wave songs.

Guillaume Martineau, piano

Radio-Canada 2015-2016 jazz revelation, pianist Guillaume Martineau stands out for his versatility and creativity. He finished his jazz studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2012 after receiving the North American Scholarship and the Zambelli Award. He obtained a master’s degree in classical music at McGill University and won 1st prize at the Canadian Music Competition in 2009. However, it was his meeting with pianist Oliver Jones that motivated him to pursue a career in jazz.

Today, the pianist’s activities reflect his versatility. He was the guest soloist of six different symphony orchestras, he recorded the piano in the feature film Louis Cyr, he hosted for seven years a radio program on improvisation on CIBL Radio-Montreal, not to mention his numerous piano marathon performances of up to 12 hours without interruption. Through his music, he travels across Canada, the United States, Japan, France, Switzerland and Austria.

Guillaume Martineau owes his musical sensitivity and openness to his masters, both jazz and classical: Menahem Pressler, Anton Kuerti, Richard Raymond, Gilles Manny, JoAnn Brackeen and Laszlo Gardony, just to name a few.

Maysun, drums and sound design

As a versatile and innovative composer and sound artist, MAYSUN weaves his drumming expertise with synthesizers and sound design to to create immersive atmospheric soundscapes. With an emphasis on the use of physical space to shape and manipulate sounds, his compositions are created as soundtracks to life events.

Maysun has established himself as a notable figure in his field, with a reputation that continues to grow, performing at events such as MUTEK Montreal (2021) and presenting a full-dome experience at Montreal’s Satosphère (2022). He has also received recognition from the music industry, being featured in Modern Drummer Magazine (July 2022) and selected to participate in the esteemed BMiR program at The Banff Center (2023).

Maysun’s discography is a testament to his ongoing creative journey and recent releases include works such as Variations on Clarity and Conviction (2022), Wanderlust II (2022), Waiting Spaces (2020), and more than 700 improvisational pieces between 2017 and today.

In connection with the exhibition Seeing Loud: Basquiat and Music

Friday, February 17, 2023 at 8:00pm
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