Following the trace of winter
Guillaume Martineau and Janna Kate
After a remarquable performance in the Bach Mélodînes series last year, jazz pianist Guillaume Martineau comes back with his accomplice, singer Janna Kate, to offer you a very personal winter journey between traditional chants and discoveries.
Guillaume Martineau, piano
Guillaume Martineau is a distinguished pianist recognized for his creativity and versatility as a performer.
Martineau was a student of legendary pianists Menahem Pressler (Beaux-Arts Trio) and Oliver Jones (Canadian Jazz legend), among many others. During Guillaume’s training as a classical pianist, he studied under Richard Raymond, Anton Kuerti and Gilles Manny. As a jazz pianist, Guillaume studied with JoAnn Brackeen (ex-pianist of the Jazz Messengers) and Laszlo Gardony. After completing his Bachelor of Music degree at l’Universite de Montreal, he received several awards including a grant from SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council), funding from Fonds québécois de recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC), and an award from Yamaha Canada to complete a Master’s degree at McGill University. Guillaume was the recipient of the Zambelli Award and North American Scholarship to complete a Professional Diploma in Jazz from the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston. He was awarded the first prize at the Canadian Music Competition in 2009 and the 2015-2016 Radio-Canada Jazz Revelation.
Guillaume’s career to-date includes solo performances with the Longueuil, de Lanaudière, du Nouveau Monde and McGill symphony orchestras, along with performances on an international level in both jazz and classical music, in countries including France, Switzerland, Austria, Japan, China and the U.S. In Montreal, Guillaume has presented three piano marathons, reaching up to a length of twelve uninterrupted hours. He has performed at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal numerous times. Guillaume can also be heard on the feature film “Louis Cyr”, performing the works of Chopin.
In short, Guillaume Martineau is an exceptional musician of multiple musical styles and genres, constantly exploring new ways to enhance and create new musical experiences to present to listeners and audiences.
Janna Kate, voice
Austrian born, now Montreal-based singer Janna Kate left her hometown at an early age to explore the world and to seek for creative inspiration.
After receiving her high school diploma at an arts school, she first moved to New York, where she immediately fell in love with the city’s Blues and Jazz. She took singing workshops at NYU and Berklee College of Music. She then relocated to Mexico to experience another culture and started singing professionally. After two years, Janna moved to Vienna and studied Jazz Voice at a Viennese conservatory.
The singer couldn’t stay in the same place for too long and traveled around the world for one year. In Rio de Janeiro, her love for Bossa Nova and Samba grew stronger and in Mumbai, she took classical Indian singing lessons. She found singing, performing and being surrounded by local (jazz) musicians all around the globe extremely inspiring.
The multilingual singer, who is fluent in German, English, French and Spanish, settled down in Montreal where she performs in venues and jazz clubs throughout the city. Janna is currently studying jazz voice with the the award-winning singer Ranee Lee at McGill University in Canada.
Salle Claude-Léveillée | Place des Arts
175 Rue Sainte-Catherine, Montréal, QC H2X 1Y9
Thursday, December 12, 2019, 12:10pm
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