after two years of pandemic interruption, the Montreal International Jazz Festival concludes the 2022 edition
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Considered one of the largest and oldest jazz festivals in the world, the Montreal International Jazz Festival (MIJF) was back this summer, after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. See my previous articles from the editions in 2017, 2016 and 2015.
See also my photo reports on the Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta and the Borneo Jazz Festival in Miri, and the compilation of 130 inspirational quotes on creativity and jazz on the occasion of International Jazz Day.
The annual musical feast in Montreal features hundreds of artists over 10 days in June-July, performing in over two dozen venues. The storefront has been around for four decades now.
The numbers of MIJF participants number in the hundreds of thousands of music fans every year. The festival also includes street performers, large art installations and even cartoons.
“There were more than 350 concerts, of which two thirds were free”, explains Maurin Auxemery, Director, Booking for MIJF, in conversation with Your story.
Maurin Auxéméry, Director, MIJF Booking – third from left (photo by Victor Diaz Lamich)
“We went down the digital road in the first year of the pandemic. The objective was above all to support local musicians,” he recalls.
“We were able to do a reduced version in September, nothing comparable to a normal festival. This time we presented bigger and bigger gifts to an audience we have missed in the past two years,” enthuses Maurin.
“The queues for artists like Louis Cole or Laufey were crazy, and Domi & JD Beck also sold out. Jazz is alive. Nu-jazz gets so much attention,” he says.
Now what have you done today to take a break from your busy schedule and find new ways to connect with your creative core?
Al di Meola (photo by Victor Diaz Lamich)
legendary guitarist Al DiMeola has an array of jazz, fusion and world music albums to his credit, such as Elegant gypsy, Friday night in San Francisco, soaring through a dream, and Kiss my axe. He has performed with musicians such as Amit Kavthekar, a Boston-based, Mumbai-born tabla player and teacher who also performed at the World Music Festival in Chicago.
Angelique Francis (photo by Madanmohan Rao)
Angelique Francois is an Ottawa-based multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter. His music mixes blues, soul, jazz and rock. She played a high-energy set showcasing her talents on acoustic and electric bass, grounding and leading the six-piece band. She has performed at the Sighisoara Blues Festival (Romania), the Ottawa Jazz Festival, the Aurora Winter Blues Festival and the Calabogie Blues Festival.
Adi Oasis (photo by Benoit Rousseau)
Adi Oasis performed his signature groove melodies, blending smooth jazz, soul and R&B. The Franco-Caribbean singer is also a multi-instrumentalist and music producer. Born and raised in Ottawa, Adi has also performed at Central Park Summerstage, the Ottawa Blues Festival and the Winter Jazz Fest.
Anomaly (photo by Marie Emmanuelle Laurin)
Anomaly is the live electronic project of Montreal-based keyboardist and producer Nicolas Dupuis. His projects include Metropole and he has performed at Summercamp, Infrasound, Sonic Bloom and the Toronto Jazz Festival. His videos have reached millions of views worldwide.
Arooj Aftab (photo by Benoit Rousseau)
Arooj Aftab is the first-ever Pakistani artist to win a Grammy Award, in April 2022. She performs a range of musical styles, including jazz and neo-Sufi. Raised in Lahore, she moved to the United States and attended Berklee College of Music. His records include bird under water and Islands of the Sirens.
Chelsea Carmichael (photo by Frédérique Ménard-Aubin)
Chelsea Carmichael is a London-based composer and saxophonist. His first album of 2021 is The river does not like strangers. She grew up in a family of musicians and was part of the Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra. She studied at the Trinity Laban Conservatory of Music and lectures on music.
Corinne Bailey Rae (photo Frédérique Ménard-Aubin)
Corinne Bailey Rae is a UK based singer and songwriter. His award-winning debut album was Put your discs on, and she has received two Grammy Awards, She has also composed music for film and television. She has performed at the Byron Bay Blues Festival, Glastonbury, Newport Jazz Festival and Delicious Festival (Johannesburg).
Dominique Fils-Aime (photo Victor Diaz Lamich)
Dominique Fils Aime is a Canadian singer from Quebec. his album Stay tuned! won the Juno Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year in 2020. She was born and raised in Montreal to immigrant parents from Haiti. His first album is called Namelessan exploration of blues music.
Immanuel Wilkins (photo by Madanmohan Rao)
Emmanuel Wilkins is a Brooklyn-based saxophonist and composer. His first album was Omeganamed #1 jazz album of 2020 by The New York Times. His next album was The 7th Hand. His music reflects the influences of critical thinking and spiritual practices from the African Diaspora.
Jesse Cook (photo by Victor Diaz Lamich)
Jesse Cook is an award-winning Canadian guitarist in the jazz and flamenco styles. He won the Juno Award and Acoustic Guitar Player’s Choice Award. His range of albums includes Storm, Gravity, Vertigo, Free Fall, Nomad, and Borders. He studied at the Royal Canadian Conservatory of Music and Berklee College of Music.
Kamasi Washington (photo Frederique Ménard-Aubin)
Kamasi Washington is an American-based jazz saxophonist, with a range of albums including The Proclamation, Light of the World, The Epic, and Heaven and Earth. His style mixes jazz, hip-hop and R&B. He has collaborated with musicians such as Herbie Hancock, John Legend, Wayne Shorter and Kendrick Lamar.
Lindsey Stirling (photo by Marie Emmanuelle Laurin)
Lindsey Stirling is an American-based violinist, composer, and dancer, renowned for her choreographed violin performances. His styles cover jazz, pop and electronic music. His second album Break me won the Billboard Music Awards in 2015. His other albums include Brave enough, warmer in winter, and Artemis.
Makaya McCraven (photo by Benoit Rousseau)
Makaya McCraven is a prolific drummer, composer and producer, whose latest album is In these times. He was born in France into a family of musicians, then moved to the United States. He studied at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and released his first album, Split decision in 2012. His influences include folk music, straight jazz and hip-hop.
Maria Jose Llergo (photo by Marie Emmanuelle Laurin)
Maria Jose Llergo is a Spanish singer whose EPs include Sanacion. The music mixes flamenco with other influences, combining tradition and modernity, guitar and electronics. She is thus considered a “bridge” influence in musical circles, taking new paths and exploring unknown places.
Melanie Charles (photo by Benoit Rousseau)
Melanie Charles is a Brooklyn-born singer-songwriter and Haitian-born flautist. His music spans jazz, soul and Haitian roots music. His projects include the podcast Redo Jazz Trill. She is a strong advocate for bringing jazz to young people, reflecting her deep concern for community and culture.
Ravi Coltrane (photo by Victor Diaz Lamich)
Ravi Coltrane is a Grammy-nominated saxophonist, bandleader and composer. He is the second son of John Coltrane and Alice Coltrane, and was named after Indian sitar legend Ravi Shankar. His albums include spiritual fictionand he’s played with Steve Coleman, McCoy Tyner, Jack DeJohnette, Joanne Brackeem and other big names.
Roots (photo by Victor Diaz Lamich)
Roots is an American group mixing jazz and hip-hop. They served as a home group on The show tonight with Jimmy Fallon. Their albums include Organix, Things Fall Apart, Roots Come Alive, The Tipping Point, and Rise down. They also founded a creative arts school that helps support students in live performance and career management.
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