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Lorraine Desmarais Releases New CD

Written by Patrick Rice on Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Montreal, April 10, 2012 ‐ For her 11th album, Lorraine Desmarais once again finds her faithful partners, bassist Frédéric Alarie and drummer Camil Bélisle, offering us an original music album in a trio form. This new recording includes the most recent works of the pianist and composer. In some of these works, one can detect influences of her recent international tour abroad, which took her to China, Mexico and France. Throughout the creation of this recording journey, the moon was Lorraine Desmarais’s confidante.

“At times a romantic moon, it evoked Latin influences ; at other times a full moon, its luminous energy flooded me with jazzy moonbeams ; and in the calm and quiet of its moon dust sprinkling down, some rather unheard of harmonies were born under my fingers,” she explained. “I can’t promise you the moon, but I hope that as you listen to the jazz and Latin moods of this recording, it will inspire you and fulfill your wildest musical dreams…”

Lorraine Desmarais is known inCanada, theUSA, Europe,Mexico,China,Indonesia, andAfrica for her solo, trio and big band performances. She has also appeared with many symphony orchestras. Her career took off inCanadain 1984 when the Montreal International Jazz Festival awarded her a first prize. She now has eleven albums of original compositions, sprinkled with jazz standards, to her name. Three of these (Trio Lorraine Desmarais, Jazz pour Noël, and Big Band) won FÉLIX awards at the ADISQ gala. She has won numerous awards, including First Prize at the Great American Jazz Piano Competition, the Montreal International Jazz Festival’s Oscar Peterson Award, SOCAN’s Composers Award, and the SPACQ André Gagnon Prize, the Artistic Creation Award of the Conseil des Arts et des lettres du Québec, the Ontario Arts Foundation Prize for Keyboard Artistry, and a Prix Opus from the Conseil Québécois de la Musique.

Despite his now veteran status, Frédéric Alarie has never stopped striving to refine his playing — described as smooth, sensitive and daring — since his arrival on the jazz scene in the late 80s. He has been a member of many bands, including those of Lorraine Desmarais, Bernard Primeau, Jean‐Pierre Zanella, and Yannick Rieu, to name just a few.

A skilled drummer and musician, Camil Bélisle has been a dynamic presence on theMontreal music scene for more than thirty years. Throughout his long, illustrious career, Camil has played with celebrated artists likeLorraine Desmarais, Michel Donato, Kenny Wheeler, Sonia Johnson, and Dorothée Berryman, and has recorded some 20 albums.

Source : Analekta

Relations médias : Lippé Communications ‐ Jean François Lippé ‐ T. 450.777.6107 ‐ E. jflippe@b2b2c.ca

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