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Richard Galliano - From Bach to Piazzolla

Opening concert
One of the most important accordionists of the modern era, Richard Galliano is also renowned for having integrated the accordion into jazz, alongside saxophones and trumpets. But the heir to the immortal Astor Piazzolla loves all musical genres... and all instruments. For this unique concert, the accordionist will be accompanied by a classical string section for a stunning overview of his creative genius, from Bach (whose works he recorded for a 2010 album) to the master, Piazzolla, marking the 20th anniversary of his passing. Magic.
The Gazette, CJAD 800AM
Sommets acoustiques
Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 7:00 PM
Maison symphonique de Montréal
1600 St-Urbain St. Google Map
$65.42, $57.37 with taxes and fees
Assigned seating
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André Ménard
André Ménard (Festival International de Jazz de Montréal)
"From Bach to Piazzolla" on accordion with a string sextet: we could make no finer entrance into the Maison symphonique. An essential artist and performance! Richard Galliano is a gift from France to the world.
Johanne Bougie
Johanne Bougie (Festival International de Jazz de Montréal)
"De Bach à Piazzolla" ("From Bach to Piazzolla") is the first Festival show to be presented in the Maison symphonique de Montréal – and what an extraordinary project! Magnificent accordionist Richard Galliano, accompanied by the crème de la crème of musicians from the French classical scene, offers us a program bookending the works of Johann Sebastian Bach and Astor Piazzolla (who passed away 20 years ago), along with some of his own compositions. A precious, magical evening, presented in a jewel of a venue.
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Michel Bonin
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One of a record number of jazz musicians from France, more than I recall programmed at any previous editions of the FIJM, but I could be wrong Monsieur Ménard! Galliano is your chance to hear the next best thing if you missed the last Piazzolla's performance at the FIJM ages ago. This may be the closest anyone comes to emulate the Argentinian master of the tango and the 3/4 time rhythm. Piazzola, the genius innovator, already reconciled all by himself the somehow low-brow accordion with the 20th century by allowing it to blend the jazz, classical and pop idioms. Whereas Galliano, the multi instrumentalist, carries a lot of music history by stretching 'la relève' right into the 21th century. Another typically 'bleu' representation of what France has best contributed to contemporary jazz and western popular music in general, Galliano has already achieved what eluded Piazzolla, a recognition by being listed in the most reputable bibles of the jazz world.

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