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Montreal will soon have a taste of the Catalan cuisine of maestro of avant-garde tapas Carles Abellan. The international outpost of his restaurant Tapas 24 is expected to make its highly anticipated debut this summer. Under the influence of Iberian culture and the 35th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, I recently stumbled upon a recording of legendary jazz artist Miles Davis interpreting Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez.
Dans l’édition du lundi 30 juin 2014 du Devoir, Guillaume-Bourgault-Côté consacre un article au cinquantenaire de l’album A Love Supreme de John Coltrane, auquel le saxophoniste Yannick Rieu, le pianiste François Bourassa, le contrebassiste Guy Boisvert et le batteur Kevin Warren s’apprêtaient à rendre hommage, ce même jour, au Festival de jazz de Montréal.
On Saturday, July 26 at 21:00, 2014 Juno award winner Mike Rud will be performing material from Notes on Montreal live at Resonance Café (5175A Avenue du Parc, Montreal, Quebec ). According to the Facebook event, this will be a full 9 piece band! This should definitely be worth checking out for Montreal Jazz lovers.
On May 5th, Google announced that it’s streaming music service, Google Play Music, was now available in Canada. I’ve been using it for the free trial period, and I have to say I’ve been amazed at the amount of music I get to choose from for the same price as my Netflix subscription. I’ve now had a chance to explore albums that I would likely never have tried. While this is still lossy compressed audio, it is still as good as, if not better than expected from a streaming audio service. I’ll probably blog about some of the discoveries (and rediscoveries) I find.
Google Announces Google Play Music available in Canada
In Le Devoir of May 31, 2004, music critic Christopher Huss writes about ”one of the most beautiful discographic projects of these last decades”, realized under the aegis of Venice’s Palazzetto Bru Zane, which aims at a rediscovery of 19th century French music. Four releases are especially recommended ((Massenet, Le mage; Massenet, Thérèse; Joncières, Dimitri, and a portrait of Théodore Gouvy). A must-read for any lover of French music avid to discover more.
The second concert marking the inauguration of the OSM’s Grand orgue Pierre-Béïque, presented on Thursday May 29, 2014, was webcast live and free on the medici,tv portal (http://www.medici.tv/#!/kent-nagano-orchestre-symphonique-montreal-olivier-latry-bach-liszt-saint-saens) and will be accessible (in all likelihood) to subscribers of the portal during three months following the concert. The works featured were: J. S. Bach, Toccata and fugue in D minor, BWV 565; Kaija Saariaho, Maan varjot for organ and orchestra; Franz Liszt, Prelude and fugue on B.A.C.H.; Samy Moussa, A Globe Itself Infolding for organ and orchestra (creation) and Camille Saint-Saëns, Symphony No. 3, with organ.