Ensemble de Magnac features original jazz compositions arranged for six horns and rhythm section, including a vocalist and vibraphone on selected numbers. The name ‘de Magnac’ is my second middle name. It refers to part of my heritage which, to this day, remains somewhat obscure to me. My connection, however, is with the people it points to - the Huguenots, who fled from France worldwide from the 1500s onwards. I find inspiration in imagining the struggle, resistance and perseverance of this ethno-religious minority as they suffered persecution and alienation for their convictions. Protest, rebellion, fighting for recognition/autonomy and seeking refuge have been recurring themes occupying my thoughts, especially during the years leading up to and throughout the months these pieces were written and recorded.
IN THE BAND: Sarah Rossy(voice)Sebastian Bailey (alto sax & flute)Al McLean (tenor sax)Shawn Rinkenbach (baritone sax & bass clarinet)Andy King (lead trumpet)Lex French (solo trumpet)Edouard Touchette (trombone)Julian Paulo Jayme (guitar)Olivier Salazar (vibraphone)David Ryshpan (piano/rhodes)Solon McDade (bass)Michel Berthiaume (drums)$8.00 (students and seniors)$10.00 (general admission)$7.00 for a CD (only at concert on Nov. 9)$10.00 for a CD (SALE - ends Nov. 15)$12.00 for a CD (regular price)
ABOUT:Following six years in Berlin and the release of duo albums, Silhouettes of Silence (Fresko Music, 2012) and Love Song for the Nation (Vineyard Music, 2016), Canadian saxophonist, Sebastian Bailey (M.Mus) returned to his hometown of Montreal in 2016 to study with internationally acclaimed composers, John Hollenbeck and Christine Jensen at the Schulich School of Music. A recipient of awards for performance, composition and leadership, (Student Excellence, Jean Lessard Big Band, Calder Spanier Prize, a.o.) Bailey combines skill sets with his forthcoming release - a self-titled EP of original music composed for his chamber jazz group, Ensemble de Magnac.‘(…) can’t wait to hear more of Sebastian, a personal, powerful and fearless artist.’Jean-Michel Pilc, jazz pianist and professor at McGill University