“A Boat to Nowhere” EP

Back in 2016 I recorded some music in one of my favourite formats – saxophone and piano duo – with one of my favourite pianists, Andrew Boudreau. I even made a blog post about how the recordings were “coming soon”… well, here they are! Stretching the definition of “soon” and maybe stretching out a little bit on some original tunes, plus one from Thelonious Monk.

The EP will be released exclusively (for now) on Bandcamp where you can stream or download it in the high quality digital format of your choice. It’s also “Bandcamp Friday” which means that 100% of the revenue from sales goes directly to the artist.

I’m looking forward to sharing this music and I hope you’ll check it out!

Frédéric Hébert “l’Aube” album release

Excited to announce the release of new music from Frédéric Hébert! I really enjoy playing his music and I think you will enjoy listening to it. The album can be found here and you can also check out cool photos below taken by Marc-André Dupaul taken at the album release show at Le Zaricot in Ste-Hyacinthe, QC.

New release by the History of Gunpowder!

I had the immense pleasure of playing several saxophones and clarinet on the latest album by History of Gunpowder, and now you can have the immense pleasure of listening to it! Alex Morison wrote some fantastic material for this and I think the final product is something really special.

Stream it here or on your favourite streaming service!

Ensemble Frédéric Hébert

Very excited to announce the release of the first song from the upcoming album of Fred Hébert, which I am very proud to have been a part of!

the album will be released on January 14 at Le Zaricot (Ste-Hyacinthe) and January 16 at Résonance Café (Montréal).

you (yes, you!) can support the album here.

Fred writes wonderful music and it is a joy to be a part of his ensemble!

playing melodies

I wanted to share this quote from Tigran Hamasyan from a masterclass I attended at McGill University in 2013. Tigran’s music is really inspiring to me and incorporates a lot of disparate elements from jazz, folk, and Armenian sacred music, but what holds it all together is his profound sense of melody. I listen to and play many different kinds of music and his advice here is something that rings true to me both as a listener and a player – and is something I’m constantly trying to improve at!

One of the things that became very important to me is that when doing improvising, I’ve realized that – while transcribing a lot of stuff and listening to a lot of amazing musicians play – what makes an amazing improviser is somebody that’s actually playing melodies. Not thinking, oh I’m going to play this scale down, and then I’m going to play this arpeggio, then I’m going to play this cool chord. The main point to me, is that when you improvise, you improvise a melody. And it makes it more challenging, because to be simple in this situation is harder than to be complicated. It’s easy to play complicated scales and complicated arpeggios that you come up with, but it’s really hard to play a simple melody over fast-changing chords, or play three notes that would make a melody over three or four chords. So that’s one thing that became very important to me while I improvised.