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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.

Throughout the concert, the audience was thrilled with the talent of the soloist, his arrangements and even his humor. Qualities that characterize this well-known Montreal jazz, having played for the first time in 1986, and has since become one of the favorite musicians of the Festival founder, André Ménard.

Note : The final encore was "La Javanaise", the waltz composed by Serge Gainsbourg and sung in chorus, at the request of the master, with the enthusiastic participation of the spectators.

Also, check out more photos of this concert in the sidebar.

Justin Wee is a co-founder of Nextbop.