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Christine Tassan et les Imposteures
For over a decade, Christine Tassan et les Imposteures have been honing their craft in the gypsy jazz milieu, and there is no doubt that they are here to stay. Pioneers in a domain usually reserved for men, and precursors of the gypsy wave that has swept across Québec, this all-woman quartet continues to reinvent this timeless music while integrating new ideas and influences with an originality and flair that have become their signature. From standards to original compositions, the Imposteures’ musical arrangements innovate, rejuvenate and leave room for their own unbridled creativity.
Since its inception in 2003 the group has performed over 500 concerts across Canada and France, and has earned the adoration of an ever-growing fan base. Les Imposteures have appeared at such major events and festivals as the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Lévis Festival de Jazz, the Festival des guitares in Rouyn-Noranda, the April in Paris Vancouver festival, and in St-Pierre et Miquelon. Two of their show have been taped and broadcasted by CBC Radio as part of their Concerts on demand. Over the years, the band has shared the stage with such illustrious gypsy swing musicians as John Jorgenson, Tchavolo Schmit, Angelo Debarre, Rodolphe Raffalli and David Reinhardt.
In June 2014, they performed at one of the world’s most prestigious gypsy jazz festivals -- the Django Reinhardt Festival of Samois-sur-Seine (France), which 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 both the first women and the first Québécois gypsy jazz band to perform on this famous stage.
July 6, 2017Music
One night in 1951, two musical legends – Quebec chansonnier Félix Leclerc and gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt – were both staying at the Crystal Hotel on Paris’s Left Bank. Django played guitar in his room all night; Leclerc, next door, turned to his wife and said, “That guy is keeping me awake, but can he ever play!” And thus a friendship was born – rumour has it that Leclerc even took a few guitar lessons from the gypsy master.
A chance encounter; a good story. But over half a century later, four supremely talented Montreal musicians asked themselves: What if the two men had gone on to make music together? And thus was born “Entre Felix et Django”: an exuberant, virtuosic, often witty marriage of some of Leclerc’s best songs and Django’s best compositions, created by the four-woman string band, Christine Tassan et les Imposteures.
Christine Tassan (lead guitar, voice)
Martine Gaumon (violin, voice, foot percussion)
Lise-Anne Ross (rhythm guitar, voice)
Blanche Baillargeon (acoustic bass, voice)