Bourgie Hall presents

Gentiane MG Trio – Walls Made of Glass

Walls Made of Glass creates evocative, beautiful and vibrant moments from nature and the inanimate world. It is an immersive bubble that highlights piano, double bass and drums with poetic and imaginative notes. A search for meaning through luminous, passionate and contrasting sound explorations.

Gentiane Michaud-Gagnon, piano

Pianist and composer Gentiane MG has established herself as an important voice as a Canadian jazz composer. She made a powerful impression on Montreal’s jazz scene with her first two albums for piano trio, Eternal Cycle (2017) and Wonderland (2019). MG’s trio has received several awards, including the OPUS Award for Discovery of the Year (2020), the CBC/Radio-Canada Jazz Award (2018) and the François-Marcaurelle de la GMMQ Award (2017). Eternal Cycle was highlighted by CBC Music as one of 10 outstanding Canadian jazz albums of 2017. MG has played in Canada, Mexico, China, Ivory Coast, and Germany alongside musicians such as Christine Jensen, Andre White, Yannick Rieu, Jim Doxas, Jean-Michel Pilc and Ira Coleman, and released a duo album entitled Convergence with saxophonist Frank Lozano.

Early on, while studying and performing works from the great classical composers such as Bach, Chopin, Ravel, Debussy, Stravinsky, Rachmaninoff, and Scriabin, MG was already beginning to experiment with creating music, seeking an outlet for self expression. A growing interest in improvisation led her in her late teenage years to shift her focus towards jazz, studying the masters of the tradition such as Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Bud Powell, Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea. 

“Through the piano, Gentiane MG transcends emotions and plumbs the unknown.” – Peter Hum / Ottawa Citizen

MG’s music reflects her background as a jazz pianist as well as her early training in Conservatory as a classical pianist, incorporating the aesthetics of impressionism with the improvisational approach and rhythmic sensibility of contemporary jazz. Her compositions come together in a deeply personal universe shaped with contrasting colours, memorable melodies and intricate tensions that bring expressivity, vivacity, dream and mystery to a compelling acoustic landscape. In her trio, she is joined by bassist Levi Dover and drummer Louis-Vincent Hamel, two important voices  of the Canadian creative jazz scene, who contribute their original voices to her music. Over several years of performing and touring together, the band has developed its own language, transcending genre and striving for creative freedom.

Levi Dover, double bass
Louis-Vincent Hamel, drums

Thursday, March 23, 2023 at 6:00pm
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