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Christine Jensen

Saxophonist and composer Christine Jensen is considered “one of the most important Canadian composers of her generation”, according to Globe and Mail jazz critic, Mark Miller, and has emerged as a creative alto and soprano saxophonist on both the Canadian and international jazz scene. “Jensen writes in three dimensions, with a quiet kind of authority that makes the many elements cohere. Wayne Shorter, Maria Schneider and Kenny Wheeler come to mind.” — Downbeat Magazine

In 2002, Christine moved to Paris after being awarded a prestigious grant by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec which included a six-month residency at the Québec Studio in the Cité Internationale des Arts situated in the vibrant Marais district. This stint in Paris gave her some distance and perspective on Québec, Canada and North American culture. Surrounded by the prolific ideas of the visual artists residing alongside her, she was given the opportunity to explore the contrast between nature and modernity as well as the old world and new world mindset regarding art, culture and politics. During her residency, she sketched her compositions and then extensively toured and reworked the material with her Canadian quartet upon return. In November 2005, she entered the studio in order to document these ideas that have fully evolved with her group.

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