Christine Tassan et les imposteures

Christine Tassan et les imposteures

Location: Imperial Theatre

Date: Wednesday, December 01, 2021

Show Starts: 7:30 PM

Tickets: $37.50 adults | $32.50 subscribers

Since their inception in 2003 the group has solidified their reputation. With more than 600 concerts in various venues and festivals, including numerous appearances in major events and tours across Canada and France, they have cultivated the adoration and loyalty of an ever growing fan base. We have had the chance to see them at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, at the Lévis Festival de Jazz, at the Festival des guitares in Rouyn-Noranda, at the April in Paris Vancouver festival, and in St-Pierre et Miquelon. On two occasions, their show has been taped and broadcasted by CBC Radio as part of the Concerts on demand, in Montreal and Saskatoon. Over the years, the band has shared the stage with illustrious gypsy swing musicians, including John Jorgenson, Tchavolo Schmit, Angelo Debarre, Rodolphe Raffalli and David Reindhart.

In June 2014, they had the great pleasure to be invited at the Django Reinhardt Festival of Samois-sur-Seine (France), one of the most prestigious gypsy jazz festivals since it takes place in the town where the great manouche guitarist lived his last years. In front of more than 2000 enthusiastic people, they stood out with their “finesse” and “joie de vivre” as the very first women and furthermore Québécois gypsy jazz band to perform on this famous stage !

On stage, we bear witness to four musicians who have mastered their talents. They improvise with ease, interpret their repertoire with dynamism, and blend their voices together in refined harmonies. But it’s their communicative energy and the personal bond between them that hits home the most. Christine Tassan et les Imposteures, are first and foremost four friends who have harnessed their energies and their voices to give rise to, year after year, the fruit of their creativity.

Their last opus, Entre Félix et Django (2016) is a tribute to two great musicians : quebecois folk singer Félix Leclerc and the great gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt. This last album just won the award « Jazz album of the year » at the Opus Prize 2017. Since the group tours outside of Quebec, they have decided to create an international version of their last CD, Django and Friends (2017), a marriage between Reinhardt and American swing standards.

THE BAND

Christine Tassan – lead guitar, lead vocals, songwriting, arrangements.

At the helm of les Imposteures since their formation, and with a successful career as a guitarist spanning over 20 years, Christine Tassan is now a prominent figure in the gypsy jazz scene. A loyal ambassador of the genre, she is also one of its rare female leading soloists. An excellent composer, a fine melodist, a first class improvisator, and a sensitive singer, Christine plies her craft with finesse, brilliance, self-confidence and an infectious dynamism.

More about Christine: www.christinetassan.com

Martine Gaumond – violin, vocals, arrangements.

A remarkable violinist, Martine Gaumond makes her instrument vibrate with a high voltage that affects the crowd with equal intensity. An excellent improvisator, she handles her bow with disarming ease and opens the door to the most beautiful poetic bursts. She also makes use of incredible vocal talents, weaving subtle harmonies that elevate the ensemble.

Blanche Baillargeon – double bass, vocals, songwriting, arrangements.

Shaped by a successful musical path which has seen her play an impressive variety of styles, Blanche Baillargeon is an accomplished musician, composer and arranger. She lays the rhythmic foundation of the group, as well as producing some heartfelt solos. Fine and delicate, she handles the upright bass with surprising force and softness, and she also brilliantly expresses her talent as an arranger within the group.

Jeff Moseley – rhythm guitar, arrangements.

Solid as a rock on rhythm guitar, Jeff is a jazz guitar specialist. He plays in several Montreal bands, adding his personal touch to every project. Recently arrived within the Imposteures, he knew right away how to adapt his energy to the band, bringing his passion and various musical influences, which include Bulgarian folklore and swing music.