"Gypsy Jazz" refers to the
style of swing music made most famous by guitarist Django Reinhardt,
violinist Stefan Grappelli, and their group "Hot Club of France", which
was active from the 1930s-1950s. In the past decade this bouncing,
finnessed, and virtuosic style of music has seen a wave of popularity in
Canada, particularly in the province of Quebec. Christine Tassan et les Imposteures have
been a seminal and unique group on this scene. Pioneers in a domain
usually reserved for men, this all-woman quartet continues to
reinvent this timeless music while integrating new ideas and influences
with an originality. flair, and good humour. From
standards to original compositions, the Imposteures’ musical
arrangements innovate, rejuvenate and leave room for unbridled
creativity from four talented and accomplished young women.
Since their inception in 2003 the group
has solidified its reputation. With more than 400 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.
Recent festival appearances include the Montreal International Jazz
Festival, the Lévis Jazz Festival, the Guitar Festival in
Rouyn-Noranda, and the April in Paris Vancouver festival.
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 out 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 these four musicians 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, year after year, to the fruit of their
Special notice to all swing dancers
- this will be a good show to bring out your moves!
The show begins at 8:00pm with doors opening at 7:30pm. Tickets will be available online through the link below, by phone at 604.796.3664, or in person at the Ranger Station Art Gallery or Agassiz Shoppers Drugmart. Follow us on Facebook
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