gentiane mg trio
"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
"...her writing is phenomenally brilliant. She is a standout talent. Michaud- Gagnon’s music flows masterfully with poise and grace. She commands the piano with elegance, subtlety, and a refined quiet knowing."
—Kerilie McDowall, All About Jazz
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, the OPUS Award for Discovery of the Year in 2020 and the François-Marcaurelle de la GMMQ Award.
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).
This concert invites the audience to become immersed in the composer’s universe, where the music evokes emotions inspired by moments experienced in the natural world, full of life and beauty. The trio showcases piano, double bass and drums, creating powerful imagery through music. It is a search for meaning through expressive and dynamic explorations.The trio has been invited to perform in many countries, including Canada, Mexico, Germany, Netherlands and France. They performed in several International Jazz Festivals, jazz clubs and well known concert halls all over the world.
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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