Born: January 25, 1968 Primary Instrument: Saxophone
Pascal Tremblay knows the use of sensuality, elegance and delicacy; he reveals a profound knowledge of acoustic jazz, within the boundaries of his own composing and improvisation or interpretation. His experience grows up from the age of fifteen by playing every weekend. He attends college at Vanier then goes on to play in the Carabeans and throughout Europe where he starts to write his own music. He helps maintain jazz in the Laurentians and around Saint- Jerome by playing in many clubs for years. First a saxophone player, he also records and plays with diverse artists like Gilles Vigneault and Gary Boudreault as a bass player; just like with La Corde de Bois, a band that he co-founded. A pillar of the jazz scene in the laurentiens, his project named jazz faction earned him to be chosen to represent Canada at the 2005 Aïchi International Exposition, in Japan. It also got him to be nominated at the Grand Prix General Motors in the 2006 Montreal International Jazz Festival as well as in the Galaxie contest. Jazz Faction has been selected to represented Canadian culture during UNESCO summit, Ottawa 2007. LUEURS, Jazz Faction’s third project, is enhanced by a string quartet and specifically illustrates the bond between impressionist era compositions and modern jazz.
-Christophe Rodriguez / Journal de Montréal
«Pascal Tremblay is a mature musician and excellent at improvisation, his tenor’s tone is beautiful. We can feel the experience, he is no beginner, has a deep knowledge of jazz and was successful in putting together excellent musicians… his work is beautiful, impressionist, French and very modern…»
-Alain Brunet / Radio-Canada
«A jazz quartet with a classical string quartet interpreting original compositions but also an audacious vision of known classical standards (Rachmaninov, Fauré, Debussy, Poulenc) with an inspiration that puts this project miles ahead other attempts often too tacky. Bravo.»
-Stanley Péan / Radio-Canada
«A remarkable project… This original concept showcasing the talent of eight exceptional musicians, deserves to be heard by many more ears»
- Henri Prevost / Quebecor Medias
«The coloring of these 19yh century melodies by Tremblay is very interesting and it reveals his curiosity and his sharp sensibility. He developed these pieces according to his personal view, leaving in all their original charm. Experiencing a jazz musician inspired by the classics and achieving the abolishment of all frontiers between the genres is very exciting»
- Sylvie Prévost / Le journal des Citoyens
«Still undiscovered by most of the Jazz enthusiasts, this tenor saxophonist knows the use of sensuality, elegance and delicacy»
-Alain Brunet / La Presse
«Pascal Tremblay has a unique sound, and I found that piece (Valse atomique) particularly haunting ... The guitar and horn sounds together are beautiful»
- Katie Malloch / CBC Jazz Beat
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