Paris–Montreal–PDX: François Bourassa & Jean-Michel Pilc
This is a past event. Wednesday, February 27 at 7:30pm
The Old Church Concert Hall 1422 S.W. 11th Ave., Portland, OR 97201
Presented by the 2019 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival.
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 U.S. 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
Born in 1960 in Paris, now an American citizen, self-taught pianist and composer Jean-Michel Pilc has performed with numerous jazz giants: Roy Haynes, Michael Brecker, Dave Liebman, Jean Toussaint, Rick Margitza, Martial Solal, Michel Portal, Daniel Humair, Marcus Miller, Kenny Garrett, Lenny White, Chris Potter, John Abercrombie, Mingus Dynasty & Big Band, Lew Soloff, Richard Bona and more. He has also worked with Harry Belafonte as his musical director and pianist and has performed a duet with the legendary opera singer Jessye Norman.
Always a busy performer, Jean-Michel has been very active in 2013-2016 as a leader, performing mainly solo and trio, and touring many places including Japan, Taiwan, Europe, the U.S. and Canada. He has also been in high demand as a co-leader and sideman, participating in numerous projects over the world and recording more than 10 CDs. Among these projects and recordings: duos with Kenny Werner, Sam Newsome, Sylvain Luc and the legendary Martial Solal, trio with Thomas Bramerie & André Ceccarelli Twenty, guitarist Teriver CheungHong Kong Episodes, Greek bass player Petros Klampanis Contextual, N.Y.C. drummer Tony Moreno Short Stories, Moutin Reunion Quintet Deep, Brazilian guitarist Fabio Gouvea, Dutch bassist Jasper Somsen, Danish bassist Mads Vinding and many others.
“His densely harmonic reinventions of standards you thought you knew clearly shows a musical genius at work.” —Eric Brace, The Washington Post