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In the musical vignettes of Les Projectionnistes you will hear many divergent strains : love of brass bands and film soundtracks (noir atmospheres and frenetic chase scenes included), but also modal jazz, Raymond Scott-styled eccentric cartoonishness, scorching Hendrixian guitar rock, avant-garde textures, tight funk horn riffing, some Hammond B3 flavors, a Latin tinge, and maybe even a bit of punk for good measure. But Projectionnistes music is no random pastiche of sounds thrown together willy-nilly; the band merge all of the aforementioned influences and more together into a unique and singular sound, one that seems utterly familiar because you have heard these stylistic antecedents before, but never combined together in quite the same way. Ear-catching melodies, clever arrangements, monster grooves, killer chops, sensitivity, and subtlety are all part of the puzzle, yet all fit together seamlessly, such that the lines between the puzzle pieces disappear from view.Read More...
With Claude St-Jean at the helm, who is also the musical director of the brass band L’Orkestre des Pas Perdus, the musicians that make up Les Projectionnistes come from diverse backgrounds. They have worked in Montreal’s jazz, rock and “musique actuelle” scenes : Bernard Falaise on electric guitar, Pierre Labbé on tenor saxophone, Roberto Murray on alto saxophone, Tommy Babin on acoustic bass and Rémi Leclerc on drums. They are known to choose in their repertoire from their two CD release, Vue (2005) and Copie zéro (1999, Ambiances Magnetiques AM 071).
Formed in 1996, the group is also noted for its performances of improvised music accompanying classical surrealist films. They have left powder marks of their performances at the Montreal Inter-national Jazz Festival , at the Vancouver Jazz Festival and at Ottawa Jazz Festival, at AMG EdgeFest in Ann Arbor U.S.A., the Rencontres de musique actuelle at Usine C, at Quai des Brumes in Montreal, at the Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival and the Soirées des Musiques Fraîches in Québec City and in St-Malo, France.
Claude St-Jean - Compositions, trombone
Pierre Labbé - Tenor saxophone
Roberto Murray - Alto saxophone
Rémi Leclerc - Drums
Bernard Falaise - Electric guitar