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Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, Day 1: Richard Galliano

From Bach to Piazzolla
Justin Wee

For this first festival day, Montrealers were able to attend the opening concert given by Richard Galliano and his musicians. The French accordionist was surrounded by a string quintet for compositional travel between J. S. Bach and Astor Piazzolla, via some personal compositions and "tunes of Paris," in his own words. If the program appeared at the outset to be an eclectic mix, the result lived up to those expectations.