36th Vilnius Jazz Festival. 12-16 October, 2022

Marianne Trudel & Trifolia


Marianne Trudel - p, wurlitzer, accordion, voice composition
Étienne Lafrance - db, composition
Patrick Graham – perc

 The name trifolia is often applied to a plant that possesses three leaves. In the case of the Canadian trio, the three musicians of Trifolia form a dynamic, living unit, sharing with audiences everywhere their passion for heartfelt communication through sound. The encounter of three extraordinary artists of different horizons creates this astonishing musical overlapping of jazz, world music and classical music.

In 2013, the Trio’s CD Le Refuge was awarded Canadian Opus Prize for Jazz Album of the Year and also nominated at Juno Awards.

The recipient of Prix Étoiles Galaxie de Radio-Canada (Montréal Jazz Festival 2007), Marianne Trudel is ranked among the hottest young pianists on Montréal jazz scene. She was first exposed to jazz when she was a baby. The pianist met Duke Ellington when she was 6 years old. She recalls begging her grandmother to ask him to wait till she grows up so they both can get married. The first jazz record Trudel bought was Weather Report.

Her previous studies have included a Master in Ethnomusicology (Université de Montréal), a Bachelor in Jazz Performance (McGill University), and numerous workshops in North America and Europe.

Talented pianist is also active as a composer, arranger and improviser. According to Jazz Chronicles, “she is playing with confidence and creativity and her compositions bristle with fresh ideas and a real sense of purpose.”

Trudel has composed and arranged for the Radio-Canada, the American Composers Orchestra (NYC), the OktoEcho ensemble, the Henri Mancini Institute Orchestra (Los Angeles, California), the McGill Jazz Orchestra, as well as scoring for short films. “Extremely talented, Marianne Trudel plays like an angel!” admitted Maria Schneider, the recipient of Grammy and Trudel’s biggest contender.

As a performer, she pursues an active career in a variety of settings ranging from solo performance to duo, trio, quartet, quintet, septet and large ensembles. She has published 6 recordings as a leader; La vie commence ici, Trudel’s sixth album, recorded with her quartet and trumpeter Ingrid Jensen.

All albums have garnered rave reviews. Trudel Septet’s Espoir et autres pouvoirs was nominated for Opus Award, La vie commence ici – for Juno Award.

The pianist has shared the stage with, among others, in jazz and improvised music: Chucho Valdes, Mark Feldman, Evan Parker, Tony Malaby, René Lussier, Mark Dresser, Kenny Wheeler, Gerry Hemingway, William Parker, Mark Helias, Jean Derome and George Lewis; in Chanson Française and World/Traditional music: Charles Aznavour, Lena Chamamyan, Farida, Juan Carlos Caceres and Laura Risk. She has played in the United States, France, Spain, Germany, Mexico and China.

Étienne Lafrance, double-bassist from Québec, is an eclectic, curious and passionate artist. He is active on classical and improvised music as well as world music scene.

After getting his basic musical education in Québec city, he did an internship at the International François Rabbath Institute of Paris where he got the Soloist and Teacher diplomas.

Co-Principal bassist with the Québec Symphony Orchestra, he also gives solo concerts where he performs original works, transcriptions and his own compositions.

Lafrance gives master classes around the world, including Australia and the United States.

Patrick Graham, one of the most sought-after percussionists in Montréal, displays a talent for fusing an eclectic array of influences ranging from melodies and rhythms of Indian, Irish, Spanish, Brazilian, Chilean, Moroccan, Senegalese, Hawaiian and Japanese percussion, as a well as a passion for new sounds and improvisation.

This unique cross-genre approach is reflective of an extensive and on-going study of the art of percussion, including a Bachelor of Music from McGill University in Montréal, as well as private training in several countries with Trichy Sankaran, Glen Velez, Carlo Rizzo, Zohar Fresco and Taichi Ozaki. In addition, he has attended workshops and master classes at the Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada), Simon Fraser University, the Labyrinth Centre (Crete) and participated in the Taiko Koh-Kan workshops conducted by the group Kodō in Japan.

Graham performs, tours and records regularly with the groups Small World Project, On Ensemble, Gravity Trio, Thomas Carbou, Kaoru Watanabe, and many more. His wide range of interests is attested by collaborations with the Penderecki String Quartet, choreographers Hideo Arai, Tomomi Morimoto and Roger Sinha, as well as the celebrated Cirque du Soleil and Ubisoft Games. Collaborations of note include projects with Ganesh Anandan, Ramasutra, Tetsuro Naito, Kohei Nishikawa, Solorazaf, Kudsi Erguneur and Michel Baklouk Merhej.

In 2009, the percussionist released his first self-produced solo CD, Rheō, which was picked as one of the top 13 albums of the year by the CBC Radio 2 program ‘The Signal’.

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