GENTIANE MG TRIO

BIOGRAPHY

GENTIANE MG

GENTIANE MG

PIANIST, COMPOSER

Originally from Saguenay, Gentiane discovered the piano at five years old. While in high school, she pursued classical studies at the Chicoutimi Music Conservatory. During those years, she was the recipient of several prizes and burseries, including the first prize at the Concours de Musique des Jeunes Solistes du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, a national finalist nomination at the Canadian Music Competition and the first prize of chamber music at the Concours de Musique du Royaume, before obtaining a DEC in classical music in 2008. She left her native region to study jazz and improvisation at CEGEP de Saint-Laurent. Three years later, McGill University awarded her a $15 000 Schulich Scholarship to acheive an Undergraduate Degree in jazz performance that she completed in 2014. At McGill, she had the opportunity to study piano and composition with Rémi Bolduc, Andre White and Jan Jarczyk, before deciding to create her own project, the Gentiane MG Trio, in 2014. One year later, after receiving the prestigious Graduate Excellence Fellowship Award, she returned to McGill University to study with internationally renowned pianist Jean-Michel Pilc. Gentiane is currently continuing her studies at McGill, pursuing a Master's Degree in Jazz Performance, while simultaneously working as a course lecturer at the University. She is active in the Montreal jazz scene, performing regularly in venues such as Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill, Dièse Onze, Resonance Café, and elsewhere in Quebec and Canada. She has shared the stage with several Montreal musicians of great reputation such as Jim Doxas and Frank Lozano.

LEVI DOVER

LEVI DOVER

DOUBLE BASSIST

Levi Dover is a jazz bassist based out of Montreal QC. Beginning on the electric bass from the age of 10, he went on to study music after high school, becoming immersed in the tradition of jazz bass playing. Having completed an undergraduate degree in Jazz Performance at McGill University, he is also an active member of the local jazz scene. Levi performs regularly with various groups in Montreal, as well as being active elsewhere in Quebec and Canada. in 2016, he accompanied ADISQ award winner Emie R Roussel on a tour of Japan, as part of her trio. He is influenced by a multitude of styles and other art forms, and strives to bring his creative energy into all of his endeavours. Levi has had the opportunity to study with several renowned bass players, including Fraser Hollins, Rémi-Jean Leblanc and Rick Rosato, among others. He has shared the stage with such musicians as Jean-Michel Pilc, Jim Doxas, Kevin Dean and many others, both from Montreal and abroad.

LOUIS-VINCENT HAMEL

LOUIS-VINCENT HAMEL

DRUMMER

Louis-Vincent Hamel, from Quebec City, started playing drums at age 5. After a few years of private lessons, he went to the Conservatoire de musique de Québec to study classical percussions.He then started his bachelor degree at Université Laval, moved to Montreal and finished it at McGill University, where he studied with teachers Chris McCann, Michel Lambert and Jim Doxas. He has played with jazz musicians Rémi Bolduc, Rafael Zaldivar, and many others. Louis-Vincent also performed internationally alongside saxophonist Yannick Rieu.

Gentiane is inspired by diverse influences, from classical music to contemporary jazz. The trio uses the compositions as a starting point for musical exploration, leaving great space for open improvisation. It pushes the boundaries of style, going away from the typical role each instrument would have in a usual jazz trio context. The three musicians perform regularly on the Montreal and Quebec jazz scene.