Alex Lefaivre

Instrument: Bass | Location: Montreal

“In YUL, his compositions make good use of the power of a quartet to create multiple textures and moods, and each instrumentalist is given room to take center stage within a tight and cohesive unit. A variety of approaches and high octane musicianship keep this release fresh and interesting.”
—Anya Wassenberg

Updated: May 20, 2019

Born: October 30, 1982

Alex Lefaivre is a bass player, composer and label owner based out of Montreal, QC, Canada.

Drawing his inspiration from Montreal’s distinct urban energy, bass player Alex Lefaivre released YUL on August 3rd 2018. The album presents a series of modern jazz originals written for some of his home town’s most original musicians. Taking its name from Montreal’s airport code, YUL takes the listener on a cinematic trip through the city, where dreamy, hazy summer vibes are intertwined with a gritty, metropolitan edge. The lyrical, song-like melodies develop over interesting forms that leave a lot of room for the group to interact and showcase their conversational improvisations.

Equally proficient on both the upright and electric bass, Alex is a fearless original known for his unique artistic voice, powerful groove, instrumental virtuosity, passionate work ethic and sense of humor. A jazz player at heart, Alex is a stylistically versatile musician as comfortable in highly experimental contexts as he is on a Top 40 gig. He has had the pleasure of performing with artists such as Suzi Silva, Joel Miller, Samuel Blais, Rémi Bolduc, Kalmunity, John Roney, Jacques Kuba Séguin, Paul Merkelo, Sonia Johnson, Steve Amirault, Rafael Zaldivar, Rachel Therrien, Klo Pelgag, Karma Atchykah and Aliocha .

As a composer/producer, Alex has had the privilege of working with the up-and-coming writer and director Alec Pronovost on many of his short films and webseries, including the viral promotional videos of Le Killing (2019) and Le Bungalow de l’Amour (2020). Other notable projects are l’Intermédia Web (2019) and and advertisement for Coca-Cola’s BYE BYE 2018 campaign. He is also currently wrapping up an ambiant electronic music EP, the first single, Juno, was released in March 2019. His foray into electronic music began with MUTEK‘s “Connect the Montreal Musical Dots” contest in May 2013 with which his sample-based composition “Lionnel-Grouxl Dub” was a finalist.

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“Practitioners of an expressive modern jazz, the members of this quartet navigate different signature meters, maintaining typical song structures. The well-established communication among them drives us safely through reliable, engaging soundscapes.” - JazzTrail

“YUL is a cumulative success – reflecting Lefaivre’s mature, cohesive musical vision.” Colin Story, The Whole Note

“In YUL, his compositions make good use of the power of a quartet to create multiple textures and moods, and each instrumentalist is given room to take center stage within a tight and cohesive unit. A variety of approaches and high octane musicianship keep this release fresh and interesting.” Anya Wassenberg, All About Jazz

“The recording is just excellent, and each of the players has a distinctive voice on their instrument.” - Dick Metcalf, Contemporary Fusion Reviews

“There’s a great new quartet in town! Keep your ears to the ground for the sound of the Alex Lefaivre Quartet

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Primary Instrument

Bass

Location

Montreal

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

Contact

Publicist

Orange Grove Publicity

Recordings