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"The three musicians share a deep bond and a poised approach beyond their years, although think the calibre of Michaud-Gagnon’s playing and composing would be a mighty rallying point for the band as a collective." -Peter hum
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"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
"Montreal-based pianist/composer Gentiane Michaud-Gagnon, known simply as Gentiane MG, confirms her stature as a major artist on her third album as leader…There is nothing glib, nothing faked, simply confident creativity. This is a thoroughly enjoyable release. Merci. ★★★★1/2 out of five
— Keith Black, Winnipeg Free Press
“A fragmented little gem of open experimentation that instills a feeling of tranquility and weightlessness. An album that is never auster and intelligent from start to finish, Gentiane MG and her collaborators enlighten the compositions with contributions that we would describe as brilliant.
— Christophe Rodrigez, Sorties Jazz Nights
"From stage to recording, Gentiane MG's pianistic acrobatics are showcased from the very first notes. Gentiane MG's elegiac compositions, full of thoughtful tonalities and modalities, could be described as ultra-sensitive for their acute sensitivity and refined research."
— Jean-Philippe Deneault, L'eau Vive
“What is most striking about her work is the intimate relationship she weaves between her philosophical questions and her poetry.”
— Jean-Pierre Alenda, Couleurs Jazz, Paris
"… a very interesting album of sensitively played and written pieces."
— Lynn René Bayley,The Art Music Lounge
Award winning pianist and composer Gentiane MG perceives music, above all, as a powerful means of expression. Her compositions come together in a deeply personal universe filled with contrasting colours. She is joined by bassist Levi Dover and drummer Louis-Vincent Hamel, two pillars of the Canadian creative jazz scene, who contribute their original voices to her music. Over several years of performing and touring together, the band has developed its own language, transcending genre and striving for creative freedom.
Gentiane MG has released two albums with her trio, Eternal Cycle (2017) and Wonderland (2019) and releases Walls Made of Glass on September 23, 2022. She has received several awards for her work with her trio, including the OPUS Award for Discovery of the Year in 2020, the CBC/Radio-Canada Jazz Award in 2018 and the François-Marcaurelle de la GMMQ Award in 2017. Eternal Cycle was highlighted by CBC Music as one of 10 outstanding Canadian jazz albums of 2017.
MG’s compositions reflect her early development as a classical pianist as well as her background as a jazz pianist, incorporating the aesthetics of impressionism with the improvisational approach and rhythmic sensibility of contemporary jazz. From a more personal perspective, her most recent repertoire was born from a long search for meaning.
“When a light glows in the dark, our eyes are unavoidably drawn towards its beam. The moments from which this music originated are like this light. The contrast made them unavoidably, miraculously, perceptible.” -Gentiane MG
In addition to her own projects, she has played with many musicians as an accompanist such as Christine Jensen, Andre White, Allison Au, Chet Doxas, Yannick Rieu, Jim Doxas, Jeremy Pelt, Jean-Michel Pilc and Ira Coleman. She has performed around the world at festivals and venues including the Montreal International Jazz Festival, Ottawa’s National Arts Centre, Germany’s Jazzahead Festival, China’s Mercedes Benz Hall, Africa’s MASA Festival, and Mexico’s Festival Internacional Jazz UV.
Other selected press
Through the piano, Gentiane MG transcends emotions and thoughts to plumb the unknown By Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen, 2017
10 Outstanding Canadian Albums of 2017
By Chris Maskel, CBC Music, 2017
Gentiane MG CD Reviewed
By Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen, 2017
Wonderland, Gentiane MG Trio
By Ted Parkinson, The Whole Note, 2019
Gentiane M-G Trio Album Reviewed
By Peter Hum, Woodstock Sentinelle, 2019
Critique de Wonderland
By Christophe Rodrigez, Sorties Jazz Night, 2019
Wonderland, du Gentiane MG Trio, le Pouvoir Infini du Jazz
By Tony Tremblay, Ici Musique, 2019
Wonderland, Gentiane MG Trio
By Daniel Côté, La Presse, 2017
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