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TRIPTYQUE EVENT

Yves Léveillé presents Triptyque, a musical event celebrating his 30-year career, and consisting of three highly contrasting evenings. The prolific pianist-composer will be inviting major jazz figures he has encountered during his career to share the stage with him: the En trois couleurs trio, the new Quintette (Yannick Rieu, Guy Boisvert, Jacques Kuba Séguin, Kevin Warren and Yves Léveillé), and the duo Y2, where he performs with the saxophonist Yannick Rieu. The performances will be presented from May 10 to 12, 2017 at Théâtre Outremont.

Y2

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.

YVES LÉVEILLÉ QUINTET

Motivated by the desire to collaborate with musicians he admires and with whom he has worked a little or not at all, Yves Léveillé decided to create a new quintet. The ensemble composed of Yannick Rieu, Guy Boisvert, Jacques Kuba Séguin, Kevin Warren and Yves Léveillé will revisit Léveillé's musical repertoire of the past 30 years as portrayed in his seven eponymous albums. It will present a program of finely honed original works by a man who cultivates both the art of melodic and harmonic beauty, and distinctive piano performance.

Simard, Bourassa, Léveillé …..En trois couleurs ("Simard, Bourassa, Léveillé …..In Three Colors")

(percussion, marimba, vibraphone and two pianos)

Comprised of percussionist and musical director Marie-Josée Simard, alongside pianists François Bourassa and Yves Léveillé, this new project offers a musical approach in which improvisation and contemporary music come together. The program will feature works by both pianists, allowing for a balance between contemporary jazz and new music.

Essences des bois

Winner Prix Opus, category: Jazz and word music.

Difficult to resist the flood of imagery and the muffled waves of the woodwinds set in motion by the latest album from the composer/pianist Yves Léveillé. In this septet for flutes, oboes, English horn, clarinets, saxophones, piano, bass and drums, the Montreal musician creates a luminous balance between the colours of the woodwinds and the supple energy of the rhythm section. Shifting from the pursuit of ideal phrasing to the complex and the lyrical, Léveillé persistently strives for jazz-like beauty. The musical clarity, a sign of the composer’s maturity, is combined with graceful tones and a purity of playing, all of which give a shimmering, dreamy resonance to the ensemble. With ample room for virtuosity and musical intelligence, this encounter between seven exceptional musicians is deeply moving.

Yves Léveillé Quartet

 

Founded by pianist and composer Yves Léveillé, the quartet brings together some of the best musicians on the Quebec jazz scene.

Their album Chorégraphie features original compositions by the pianist and showcases the talent and interaction between the four musicians.

The composer's music draws from various sources: contemporary and traditional jazz, as well as classical and world music.

Musicians:
Yves Léveillé - piano andcompositions
Roberto Murray - saxophones
Adrian Vedady - accoustic bass
Alain Bastien - drums

Danse-moi ("Dance me")

 

With the objective of exploring new vistas for creation, les Productions Yves Léveillé will present this year a new project in which the quartet will team up with three young graduates from the École de danse contemporaine de Montréal for an evening where dance, jazz and improvised music engage in fertile dialogue.

Musicians peforming live in an acoustic setting, dancers reacting in real time, it promises to be a joy for the eyes and ears!

Featuring the Yves Léveillé Quartet and dancers Mari-Pier Bazinet, Elise Bergeron and Nicolas Patry.

Japan project: mémoires et improvisations

 

Teaming up Yves Léveillé with collaborators Eri Yamamoto (piano) and Ikuo Takeuchi (drums), this new project offers a musical journey at the confluence of Japanese and North-American musical idioms.

Thanks to grants from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the New York State Council of the Arts, Yves Léveillé spent several months in New York City in the fall of 2012 to work on this project with his Japanese collaborators.