Opus prices, two nominations!

Yves Léveillé Productions are pleased to announce that the concert of June 12th 2019 at Théâtre Outremont (Bourdonnement Jazz Series) is nominated MCCandless, Yamamoto, Takeuichi, Léveillé quartet.

The album Phare from the pianist Yves Léveillé, released on Effendi in May 2019, is nominated as Jazz album of the year

PHARE (new album, Yves Léveillé)

An energetic recording, sometimes calm and fluid, a writing that offers paintings in light dark shades.

Phare is, quite, simply, a remarkable album of jazz compositions skillfully arranged and expertly played. You really should check it out! —© 2019 Lynn René Bayley

Jazz in Europe magazine
Bourdonnements Jazz at Outremont Theatre 2019

For a second season, the Bourdonnement Jazz series is back at Outremont theater! Three nights decidedly contrasted; March 20th; "Les compositeurs butineurs" with Jean-Nicholas Trottier, Sonia Johnson and Yves Leveille and a special guest, the poet, narrator and improviser of the words; Chrsitian Vézina. April 17th; "La ruche intergénérationnelle" with four young musicians who will cross paths with four senior Montreal Jazz musicians! Finally, on May 22 Yves Léveillé will be launching his new album with an evening full of surprises with his new quintet!


Yves Léveillé and Yannick Rieu joined forces to form the piano – saxophone duo Y2. They propose an introspective dialogue where two different visions of the world interact instinctively in a spare and delicate aesthetic. The repertoire of the two musicians forms the basis of this new collaboration, along with a series of new pieces created for the occasion. The duo made its début at the Stewart Hall Cultural Centre in Pointe Claire in February 2017. They will perform again on May 12, 2017 at Théâtre Outremont as part of Triptyque.


In October 2016 the En trois couleurs trio had the pleasure of touring China, presenting 17 concerts is as many different cities. Marie-Josée Simard, François Bourassa and Yves Léveillé performed for enthusiastic audiences numbering more than 15,000 across that magnificent country, presenting new compositions recently added to the group's repertoire. The trio also presented an arrangement of a piece based on Chinese folk music as a tribute to their hosts. In addition, the tour included a privileged encounter with students during a music workshop in an international school. It was Yves Léveillé's second tour of China.


For over 30 years, Yves Léveillé has been collaborating as a piano accompanist and arranger with the multi-talented Marie-Thérèse Fortin. In 1984 they presented an initial version of the concert Marie-Thérèse Fortin chante Barbara. Reprised many times over the years, the show returned in May 2016 for thirteen performances on the Cabaret stage at Théâtre Outremont.


In spring 2016 as part of the Montreal Art Council's Libres comme l’art program, the En trois couleurs trio presented eight workshops on improvisation and performance for some twenty high school students in the music option at École St-Luc in Montreal. The young instrumentalists were able to put into practice the work done with the trio. They performed with them a piece entitled St-Luc, written by Léveillé for the occasion, and presented at the year-end concert in the school's auditorium on April 17, 2016.


A busy autumn just ended, full head of memories and unforgettable notes. It was marked by two international tours of Essences des bois. The first took place in New York as part of the 75th anniversary of the Québec Government Office in New York with concerts at Dizzy's Club at Lincoln Center and Flushing Town Hall with the special guest Adam Kolker. Then Alain Bastien, Adrian Vedady, Roberto Murray and Bernard D’Aigle and Léveillé flew to China (Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou) for a great tour initiated and organized by the Center of cultural exchanges China-Canada.


Released in February on ATMA Classique-label the album In three colors was nominated for the Opus Price 2014-2015 in the category Jazz Album of the Year. Recorded in September 2014 by Marie-Josée Simard, François Bourassa Yves Léveillé and the Oscar Peterson Hall, the project has been well received since its first presentation at the Music Conservatory in Montreal in February 2012, for which the trio won the Opus Price 2012-13 as the Concert of the year in jazz and world music. Since, fifteen performances took place throughout Quebec, abroad touring projects are on track for 2016.


Essences des bois: Yves Léveillé septet won the best concert jazz of the year ( 2014) at the Opus Gala  the 1st of February 2015. The concert was presneted at LIon d'or's venue in Montréal The 26th of February.


The Trio In three Colors in Nomination

The trio In three colors with Marie-Josée Simard, François Bourassa and Yves Leveille, is nominated at The Opus awards in the category of the concert of year: Jazz

.The recital was held in  February 15, 2013 at the Concervatory  of Montreal. The Opus awards Gala will take place on January 26th in Bourgie Hall in Montreal.

Casavant Organ, Quebec city

I had the pleasure to recently  play on the magnificent Casavant organ at the opening of Raoul-Jobin hall at  Palais Montcalm (11th of September 13).
During the gala, I was asked to play in a jazz trio standard in order  demonstrate the tonal qualities of the instrument. I gladly accepted the challenge, not being organist but pianist, I really liked the experience which allowed me to appreciate, briefly I must say, the subtle sounds that can provide the instrument. My colleagues and I, in the circumstances, given a beautiful and good performance. René Roux was on drums and Guillaume Bouchard on bass.