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Artists Marianne Trudel

Marianne Trudel is a multi-talented pianist, composer, improviser, and arranger. At once energetic and passionate, her music cross-cuts a wide swath of musical interests. As a performer, she pursues an active career in a variety of settings ranging from solo performance to duo, Trifolia, Marianne Trudel Quartet + Ingrid Jensen, septet, and large ensembles. She has presented her music in various countries: Canada, United States, Mexico, France, Spain, Germany, The Netherlands, England, Scotland, Italy, Hungary, Lituania, and China.

She has released 6 recordings as a leader, all having garnered rave reviews:

  • La vie commence ici — Marianne Trudel featuring Ingrid Jensen (Justin Time Records, 2014) — Nomination at Juno Awards, Nomination ADISQ 2015
  • Le Refuge, Trifolia (2013) — Prix Opus 2013 & Nomination at Juno Awards
  • Espoir et autres pouvoirs, Marianne Trudel Septet (Effendi Records, 2011) — Nomination at ADISQ 2011 & Finalist at Opus 2010-11
  • L’embarquée, Duo Trudel-Bourbonnais (2009)
  • Sands of Time (Live), Quintette Marianne Trudel (2007)
  • Espaces libres, solo piano (2005)

Recipient of the Prix Étoiles Galaxie de Radio-Canada (Montréal International Jazz Festival 2007), Marianne Trudel has presented multiple artistic projects that not only bring her considerable skills to the fore but also her keen sense of creativity.

She has shared the stage with many international artists, among others, in jazz and improvised music: Chucho Valdes, Mark Feldman, Tony Malaby, David Liebman, Mark Dresser, Kenny Wheeler, Ingrid Jensen, Hamid Drake, William Parker, Mark Helias, George Lewis, Muhal Richard Abrams, Jean Derome, René Lussier, and Karen Young. In chanson française and world / traditional music: Charles Aznavour, Lena Chamamyan, Farida, Naseer Shamma, Charbel Rouhana, Juan Carlos Caceres and Laura Risk. Marianne Trudel also presented concerts with the Montréal Symphony Orchestra, the Québec City Symphony Orchestra and Les Violons du Roy (Québec). She has accompanied many poets such as Joséphine Bacon, Patrice Desbiens, José Acquelin, and Louise Dupré. She has composed and arranged for: Les Violons du Roy (Québec), the American Composers Orchestra (New York City), the Henri Mancini Institute Orchestra (Los Angeles), the Orchestre national de jazz de Montréal, the chamber music ensemble Arkea (Montréal), Oktoecho (Montréal) and for Radio-Canada (Première Chaîne).

Her previous studies have included a Master in Ethnomusicology (Université de Montréal), a Bachelor in Jazz Performance (McGill University), and numerous workshops in North America and Europe.

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Marianne Trudel

Saint-Michel-de-Bellechase (Québec), 1977

Residence: Montréal (Québec)

  • Composer
  • Performer (piano, accordion, voice)

Associated Groups

On the Web

Marianne Trudel, photo: Michel Pinault, Montréal (Québec), July 5, 2018
Marianne Trudel, photo: Michel Pinault, Montréal (Québec), July 5, 2018
  • Marianne Trudel, photo: Michel Pinault, Montréal (Québec), July 5, 2018
  • Karen Young, Marianne Trudel, photo: Michel Pinault, Montréal (Québec), July 5, 2018
  • Karen Young, Marianne Trudel, photo: Michel Pinault, Montréal (Québec), July 5, 2018
  • Karen Young, Marianne Trudel, photo: Michel Pinault, Montréal (Québec), July 5, 2018
  • Karen Young, Marianne Trudel, photo: Michel Pinault, Montréal (Québec), July 5, 2018
  • Marianne Trudel, photo: Michel Pinault, Montréal (Québec), July 5, 2018
  • Marianne Trudel, photo: Michel Pinault, Montréal (Québec), July 5, 2018
  • Marianne Trudel, photo: Michel Pinault, July 5, 2018

Main Releases

  • Soon
  • Temporarily out of stock

Appearances

Complements

  • Not in catalogue
  • Not in catalogue

Folio

  • Temporarily out of stock

In the Press

  • Dan Paton, LondonJazzNews, September 27, 2016
    Montréal-based pianist and composer Marianne Trudel is an influential figure on the national scene in Canada. […] She seeks to retain the crucial element of spontaneity that makes improvised music so exciting. “When I walk on stage, there needs to be a notion of risk. I don’t want to know exactly what will happen in advance.” Trudel’s enthusiasm is infectious and there can be little doubt that she will revel in sharing that delight in risk taking with UK audiences. If Trudel achieves her stated aims, people will leave the concerts feeling transported and moved. They are not to be missed.
  • Nicolas Pelletier, RREVERB, January 5, 2015
    Each project that I’ve had the pleasure of hearing — such as Trifolia in 2013 — and the many performances at the Montreal International Jazz Festival — has been a delight. This musician exhibits thoroughness and earnestness that are rarely equaled. She seems to be completely invested in her music.
  • Neil Hobkirk, Wall of Sound, December 31, 2014
    The three times I’ve seen Marianne Trudel perform in person, she’s radiated rapture. Alert at the piano, she looked possessed by her music, expressions of intent thoughtfulness and unfettered joy alternately crossing her face.
  • Gilles Boisclair, SOCAN, Paroles & Musique, December 1, 2014
    La vie commence ici is a title that emphasizes the open-mindedness and warmth of young pianist Marianne Trudel.

Marianne Trudel fait table rase

Nicolas Pelletier, RREVERB, January 5, 2015

La pianiste québécoise Marianne Trudel n’a pas encore fait de mauvais album. Chaque projet que j’ai eu le plaisir d’entendre — dont «Trifolia» en 2013 — et plusieurs prestations au Festival International de Jazz de Montréal — a été un délice. Cette musicienne semble d’une rigueur et d’un sérieux rarement égalé. Elle m’apparaît complètement investie dans sa musique, immensément respectueuse du Jazz avec un grand J. C’est du sérieux et elle le fait bien.

Cette fois, Trudel s’est entourée d’Ingrid Jensen à la trompette (une pointure), l’excellent Robbie Kuster (membre du groupe de Patrick Watson) à la batterie et Morgan Moore à la contrebasse.

La pièce titre de son nouvel album, au joli titre La vie commence ici, est un bon exemple de jeu musical parcimonieux. Où chaque note de sax, de batterie, de piano, de contrebasse se rejoint dans une harmonie globale (excusez le pléonasme). Le travail percussif, très original avec ses sonorités métalliques, est notable, particulièrement sur ce titre. Des morceaux très calmes, comme Questions — la première de l’album — sont presque minimalistes. Le piano semble à peine effleuré. Une trompette brise le silence de la nuit. C’est magnifique.

Le piano de Marianne Trudel est encore une fois superbe sur Deux soleils, un morceau qui ressemble un peu à ceux de Gonzales sur l’excellent «Piano Solo». Les accompagnements s’ajoutent graduellement: voici la batterie, voilà la trompette et dans un éclat de soleil, le saxophone. La pièce s’illumine d’un seul coup!

D’autres compositions sont plus éclectiques, comme Soon, qui débute avec une trompette assez entreprenante, avant que les choses se calment et que le piano reprenne la mélodie. Un morceau de huit minutes qui a le temps de se transformer.

La jazzwoman explique sa démarche — plus humaine que musicale

J’avoue qu’à la première écoute, la présence parfois envahissante des cuivres, comme sur À l’abri, me plaisait moins parce qu’ils couvraient beaucoup le piano, souvent magnifique. Mais, au fil des écoutes, j’ai davantage apprécié le contraste entre la force tranquille qu’est le grand instrument aux notes d’ivoire et les notes étincelantes des instruments à vent.

Il s’agit du 6e album de Marianne Trudel, par ailleurs lauréate du prix Opus 2013 pour Trifolia.

Du très bon jazz et, sans vouloir être chauvin, du jazz d’ici!

Each project that I’ve had the pleasure of hearing — such as Trifolia in 2013 — and the many performances at the Montreal International Jazz Festival — has been a delight. This musician exhibits thoroughness and earnestness that are rarely equaled. She seems to be completely invested in her music.

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