Peggy Lee - cello
Marianne Trudel - piano
Étienne Lafrance - double bass
Michael Jude Ward-Bergeman - accordion
The TD Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival has invited three Artists-in-Residence: Marianne Trudel - piano; Kevin Breit - guitar and Michael Blake - saxophone to bring their own bands and perform in different combinations throughout the Festival. They will play with their own bands in their own show and perform with each other in four distinct collaborations featuring their unique creative strengths.
The word collaboration means cooperation among the participants in the act of creation. Sometimes there are leaders, sometimes collaborations are leaderless. Sometimes collaborations are instantaneous music like the ground breaking work of the ICP (Instant Composers Pool) Orchestra and sometimes collaborations are studied and prepared like the celebrated Charlie Parker charts for jazz and strings (which we’ll present at this summer’s Festival). Collaborations are most of all the purest culminations of training, virtuosity, and that ultimate faith in being creatively vulnerable and knowing you will be supported no matter what. This TD Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival’s series of collaborations are, we think, the best examples we can offer of exactly that: creativity, vulnerability, camaraderie, curiosity and the genuine love for musical adventure.
We hope you enjoy the ride!
The second collaboration will feature strings and reeds with the one and only Vancouver master cellist Peggy Lee, bass virtuoso Étienne Lafrance, New Orleans accordionist Michael Jude Ward-Bergeman and pianist Artist in Residence Marianne Trudel. Collaborators will bring in pieces and interpret them as a group. With a chamber music array of instruments in the collaboration, anything could happen.