GENTIANE MG TRIO

BIOGRAPHY

GENTIANE MG

GENTIANE MG

PIANIST, COMPOSER

Originally from Saguenay, Gentiane studied at the Chicoutimi Music Conservatory before leaving for Montreal to pursue superior studies in Jazz Performance. Twice McGill award holder, she studied alongside Jan Yarczyk, Rémi Bolduc and Andre White. She also pursued her master’s degree alongside internationally renowned pianist Jean-Michel Pilc. Michaud-Gagnon is a young pianist who has been active on the Canadian jazz scene for several years. She has performed alongside numerous renowned musicians including Jim Doxas, Adrian Vedady, Yannick Rieu, Andre White, Dave Laing and John Hollenbeck. Her first trio album featuring bassist Levi Dover and drummer Louis-Vincent Hamel has been classified by CBC music as being part of 10 outstanding jazz releases of 2017. After its release, she performed her original music with the Gentiane MG Trio at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, at the Montreal OFF Jazz Festival, where she received the François-Marcaurelle/Guilde des Musiciens du Québec award, and at the UV International Jazz Festival (Mexico). She has also performed in jazz clubs such as Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill (Montreal), Dièse Onze (Montreal), Emmet Rey (Toronto), Record Runner (Ottawa), Zinco Jazz Club (Mexico), Casa Franca (Mexico) and Saint-Angèle (Québec). She has taught and gave masterclasses at the University of Veracruz (Mexico), at the LaFaro Jazz Institute (Mexico) and at McGill University (Montreal).

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 MG Trio released their first album entitled Eternal Cycle in June 2017. The unconventional forms of the pieces lay out a framework which inspires creative freedom. The depth of lyricism in the compositions is met by an equal force of unpredictability and openness, allowing the musicians to express their three personalities, at once unique and complementary.