Christine Tassan et les Imposteures
Saturday, September 23rd @ 3:00 p.m.
With close to 15 years of bringing their special blend of Gypsy Jazz and revisited cover songs to audiences, Christine Tassan et les Imposteures have made a name for themselves on the music scene. Tireless explorers of the Gypsy Jazz world, the four-woman band confirms their originality and offers a show sparkling with invigorating ingredients, bringing together some of the best work by Félix Leclerc and Django Reinhardt.
One night in 1951, two musical legends, Quebec chansonnier, Félix Leclerc and gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt, stayed at the same hotel. Leclerc, next door, turned to his wife and said, “That guy is keeping me awake, but can he ever play!" And thus, a friendship was born and rumor has it that Leclerc even took a few guitar lessons from the Gypsy master. The rest is the product of the intensely creative imagination of the quartet. It is, of course, a fantastic tribute to a pair of great artists who, on their respective continents, had such a lasting impact on their time and culture.
Pioneers in a domain usually reserved for men, the Imposteures were precursors of the gypsy Jazz wave that swept across Quebec. This all-woman quartet continues to reinvent this timeless music while integrating new ideas and influences with originality and flair. From standards to original compositions, the Imposteures musical arrangements innovate, rejuvenate, and leave room for unbridled creativity from these extremely talented young women.
Christine Tassan - Lead Guitar | Voice
At the helm of les Imposteures since their formation, and with a successful career as a guitarist spanning over 20 years, Christine Tassan is now a prominent figure in the Gypsy Jazz scene. A loyal ambassador of the genre, she is also one of its rare female leading soloists. An excellent composer, a fine melodist, a first-class improviser, and a sensitive singer, Christine plies her craft with finesse, brilliance, self-confidence, and an infectious dynamism.
Lise-Anne Ross - Rhythm Guitar | Vocals | Arrangements
Charismatic and outgoing, Lise-Anne Ross, with her undeniable talent, has from the very beginning assured the rhythmic foundation of the group. Ten years with Christine Tassan et les Imposteures as well as many other collaborations, have made her solid as a rock! On stage she blends quiet strength and spicy humour, fully expressing her personality as a musician to the delight of the crowd.
Martine Gaumond - Violin | Vocals | Arrangements
A remarkable violinist, Martine Gaumond makes her instrument vibrate with a high voltage that affects the crowd with equal intensity. An excellent improvisator, she handles her bow with disarming ease and opens the door to the most beautiful poetic bursts. She also makes use of incredible vocal talents, weaving subtle harmonies that elevate the ensemble.
Blanche Baillargeon - Double Bass | Vocals | Songwriting | Arrangements
Shaped by a successful path which has seen her play an impressive variety of styles, Blanche Baillargeon is an accomplished musician, composer, and arranger. She lays the rhythmic foundation of the group, as well as producing some heartfelt solos. Fine and delicate, she handles the upright bass with surprising force and softness, and she also brilliantly expresses her talent as an arranger within the group.