The Orchestre national of jazz de Montréal and the ODD SOUND Festival are delighted to welcome saxophonist and composer Donny McCaslin, under the direction of conductor and composer Philippe Côté.

The opening concert of the third edition of the Festival presents the creation of “Shades of Bowie”, a piece by Philippe Côté inspired by the music of David Bowie, composed for saxophonist Donny McCaslin and Orchestre national de jazz de Montréal.

Witnessing the electric, innovative direction Donny McCaslin’s music has taken in recent years, and the pivotal role McCaslin played in Bowie’s masterful final opus Blackstar, Philippe Côté wanted to pay tribute to Bowie and his influence on McCaslin’s career by concealing snippets of certain Bowie pieces in his composition. Maybe you’ll recognize them. The challenge is on!

With “Shades of Bowie”, Côté offers McCaslin the opportunity to improvise at length on an orchestral sound canvas to which he has grafted a multitude of percussion instruments. This work continues Philippe Côté’s exploration of what jazz orchestral music might be like in 2024.

Opening the evening, McGill University’sOrchestre de Jazz 1 will present a repertoire including “Two Fifteen”, a piece by Philippe Côté inspired by Lee Tsang’s poem of the same title about residential schools.

Cinquième Salle
Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at 8:00pm

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