"Through the piano, Gentiane MG transcends emotions and plumbs the unknown."
- Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen
"Gentiane’s music is mysteriously intriguing, with the enchanting deep influences of the great impressionistic French composers like Ravel and Debussy from cultural roots lying deep within her sublime approach."
- Kerilie McDowall, Award Winning Rythm'n'ing Radio Host
“…has such depth and talent that it is undoubtedly a significant testimony of an ever-evolving prodigy.” - Tony Tremblay, CBC/Radio-Canada
For Gentiane MG, music is first and foremost a powerful tool for expression that has allowed her to develop her own potent, imaginative and sensitive language. Alongside her long-time collaborators, bassist Levi Dover and drummer Louis-Vincent Hamel, she has created a rich universe that transcends genre and earned her numerous accolades, including the Radio-Canada Révélation Jazz Award in 2018 and the OPUS Award for Discovery of the Year in 2020.
Presented in concert since September 2022, Walls Made of Glass (2022) was received with critical acclaim. “Her latest release showcases the full extent of her rare talent. Gentiane MG confirms her stature as a major artist. There is nothing glib, nothing faked, simply confident creativity." (Keith Black, Winnipeg Free Press, 2022). Walls Made of Glass received a OPUS Award in Quebec and is currently nominated for a Juno Award.
MG’s music reflects her background as a jazz pianist as well as her early training as a classical pianist, incorporating the aesthetics of impressionism with the improvisational approach and rhythmic sensibility of contemporary jazz. Her compositions come together in a deeply personal universe shaped with contrasting colours, memorable melodies and intricate tensions that bring expressivity, vivacity, dream and mystery to a compelling acoustic landscape. Over several years of performing and touring together, MG’s trio has developed its own language, transcending genre and striving for creative freedom.
Early on, while studying works from the great classical composers at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec in Chicoutimi, MG was already beginning to experiment with creating music, seeking an outlet for self expression. A growing passion for improvisation led her in her late teenage years to shift her interest to jazz, eventually completing graduate studies at the Schulish School of McGill University in Jazz Performance. She founded her trio in 2014, with which she has been invited to perform in Canada, Mexico, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands and France.