Le Morrin Centre invites you to tune in and swing out!
For a fourth consecutive year, the Morrin Centre will be hosting Arts Alive! Québec, a province-wide celebration of English-language art.
This year, join us for jazzy programming on August 3 and 4, and don’t miss entertaining performances by remarkable artists. For more information about Saturday August 4th free activities, including children workshops, swing dancing and outdoor live bands, click here!
The jazz concerts
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On Friday, August 3, 2018, enter our magnificent College Hall to tune in to the music of two great trios:
7:00 p.m. | Daniel Arthur Trio
8:30 p.m. | Sienna Dahlen Trio
Tickets available below at the cost of $20 or $18 for our members.
Opening act: Daniel Arthur Trio
Daniel Arthur (keyboard)
Ethan Cohn (double bass)
Eric Maillhet (drums)
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With shows noted for their bristling energy and bold creativity, the Daniel Arthur Trio represents a new generation of creative music which adventurously explores all contemporary genres in a jazz setting. Having released its first EP in November of 2015, the Daniel Arthur Trio has been performing locally in Montreal and touring to cities in the region such as: Ottawa, Quebec City, and New York City. The group has played in a number of festivals worldwide, including the 37th edition of the renowned Montreal International Jazz Festival in July 2016, the Bucharest International Jazz Competition, held in May 2017, and Umbria Jazz in July 2017. The trio was recently awarded 3rd place in the Conad International Jazz Competition, for which they were selected from over 250 international applicants. The Daniel Arthur Trio released its first full-length album, Vivid, on July 7, 2017.
The music, composed by pianist Daniel Arthur, demonstrates a diverse range of musical influences. In the at times dense and complex harmonic and rhythmic textures, one finds inspiration from composers of 20th century classical music such as Igor Stravinsky, Sergei Prokofiev, Dimitri Shostakovich, and Olivier Messiaen, as well as from contemporary jazz musicians, including Vijay Iyer, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Tigran Hamasyan, and Ethan Iverson. Although the music’s heavy emphasis on thorough composition requires the precision delivered by Arthur’s classically trained bandmates, Ethan Cohn (bass) and Eric Maillet (drums), the equally present aspects of jazz and improvised music allow for a great deal of freedom in spontaneous interpersonal expression within these compositions. In spite of the music’s complexities, the importance of maintaining a tangible groove allows for its ideas to flow with ease. This results in a thrilling musical hybrid which intrigues and entertains a wide range of audiences.
Sienna Dahlen (Trio)
Sienna Dahlen (voice and piano)
Marika Galea (upright bass)
François Jalbert (guitar)
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Award-winning vocalist Sienna Dahlen (JUNO for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year 2014 with Mike Rud for the record Notes On Montreal) has toured her own music extensively across Canada, Europe, and parts of the US, in addition to having given numerous performances in Mexico and South America. Sienna has released six albums of original jazz and folk music as a leader and has collaborated on several national and international projects as a co-leader/lyricist with musicians such as Joel Miller and his Dream Cassette band (Canada), Mads Baerentzen’s Lifelines project (Denmark), Lebanese pianist and composer Wassim Soubra’s Dunes album (France) and Paris-based Canadian drummer Karl Jannuska’s Streaming, The Halfway Tree and Midseason records. In addition to these collaborations, Sienna has been a guest vocalist on several occasions with L’Orchestre National de Jazz de Montréal and recently had the pleasure of performing with and penning lyrics for Christine Jensen’s 2018 Opus-winning album, Under the Influence Suite. Finally, Sienna is the featured vocalist on the soundtrack for the 2007 Oscar-winning animated short The Danish Poet by Torill Kove (music by Kevin Dean).
About Arts Alive! Québec
Six different regions with performances and activities for the whole family from June through September. The six regions are Hudson, Huntingdon, Knowlton, Quebec City, Wakefield and the West Island/Montreal. Letters of ongoing support were instrumental in the series’ return. Some communities focus around a main venue and its environs, others transform the entire town. Programming is highly individual, reflecting local tastes, arts and cultures. There’s something different to experience and savour at each region’s event, from local artists and visiting headliners to children’s shows, dance, theatre, literary activities, storytelling, visual arts, loads of music and artisanal products. On offer are indoor and outdoor events for all ages, including hands-on creative activities led by professional musicians, theatre artists, dancers, filmmakers, and craftspeople. Through the universal language of art, Arts Alive! Québec’s inclusive, family-friendly atmosphere builds bridges between English-speaking and French-speaking communities.
An ELAN Québec (English-Language Arts Network) project
ELAN (English-Language Arts Network) is a not-for-profit organization that connects, supports, and promotes Quebec’s English-speaking artists and art communities. Its members include artists and organizations representing a multitude of artistic disciplines and regions of Quebec. ELAN’s
philosophy is inclusive, encouraging an evolving Quebec identity that recognizes French as the public language and celebrates social, cultural, and artistic diversity.