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Primary Instrument: Guitar, acoustic

Born: June 18, 1956    

Jean-Pierre Chasse was born in Montreal in 1956. Self-taught guitarist, he became known with the pianist Claude Marc Bourget, with which he very freely improvising duo, from the 80’s, both Quebec and France, particularly in the context of the EMIM (Ensemble de musique improvisée de Montréal). Followed several years of tours with Michael Laucke, renowned Canadian guitarist (flamenco), including Jean-Pierre Chasse was a spectacular companion. His solos passionate lovers of guitar performance.

After a long pause, he went to meditate his art and perfect his technique in contact with world music, Jean-Pierre Chasse makes a comeback strong and convincing, complete artist whose eyes and covers a wide field cultures. The music of Jean-Pierre Chasse is now in the broad category of music from jazz but, fed to classical music and the world, tend to a more general term and seek their synthesis....
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06/08/12 REVIEW JAZZ TIMES, USA, by Susan Frances PILGRIM OF THE STRINGS

Pilgrim of the Strings, the new recording from acoustic guitarist Jean-Pierre Chassé is a lush embroidery of ambient soundscapes tooled in penetrating improvisations, protracting arpeggios and melodic fractals. The Montreal native teamed up with classical pianist Claude Marc Bourget who produced the recording while mixed and mastered by Jacques Laurin. A synthesis of flamenco, bossa nova and ambient jazz, Pilgrim of the Strings soars with a nimble imagination reflective of vintage Django Reinhardt and the melodic sensibilties of Paco.

The soft, angelic sonorous of « Passage To Europe » contrasts the rattling chords swagging « Lo Mas Importante es Vivir.» The elegant flamenco wings of « The Other Side of Eyes » move with a dancer’s instinct switching to the taut arpeggios of « Narmada Ka Pani » highlighting sizzling, erotic chord rotations which are embellished by Turkish accents...

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