Children ages 3 to 10 are invited to participate in a musical workshop in our new series, It’s Instrumental!. The series is made possible thanks to our partners at the IRC-CN (Instance régionale de concertation de la Capitale-Nationale). In this series of workshops, children will be initiated to musical composition, percussion, jazz, dance, and singing.
This week, jazz pianist Chris Tauchner and bassist Sébastien Pellerin will demonstrate how two musicians can have a musical conversation through jazz. They will discuss the nature of musical improvisation, and play examples from different jazz eras along the way.
Chris explains that “Jazz is a distinct musical language, and each time a jazz musician plays with other jazz musicians, he or she is speaking in the jazz language. It has its own vocabulary, alphabet, grammar, and conventions. With even a very rudimentary understanding, it’s possible to experience the true essence of jazz: improvisation.”
All It’s Instrumental! workshops are free. Participants must register ahead of time to reserve their spot by clicking on the link below!
As a pianist, composer, and arranger, Chris has been active on the Montreal scene for almost twenty years, playing jazz, blues, funk, and popular and classical music. He has performed at the Montreal International Jazz Festival numerous times, toured North America and the West Indies, appeared on radio and television, and recorded four original albums that continue to receive international airplay. Chris has collaborated with international and local artists such as Oliver Jones, Ranee Lee, Jeri Brown, Dave Turner, the Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir, Martin Goyette, K’naan, Digable Planets, Lee Fields, and many others.
Graduate of McGill University, bassist Sébastien Pellerin is well established on the Quebec music scene. Pellerin has recorded over 40 albums, most recently with French chanson icon Gilles Vigneault. He teaches electric bass and upright bass. Recipient of a scholarship from the Quebec Council of Arts and Letters, Pellerin studied with New York bassists Larry Grenadier and Omer Avital.
Sébastien has belonged to several jazz groups, including the Jean-Nicolas Trottier Quartet, Jacques Kuba Seguin and Rachel Therrien. With these bands, Sébastien Pellerin has performed in France, Italy, Belgium, Poland, Portugal, and Israel. He is currently part of the group Benjamin Deschamps, with whom he toured across Canada and Europe. The group received praise in several festivals, such as the JPL Festival (Best Band 2019), the Montreal Jazz Festival (2015-2017), and the Rimouski Jazz Festival (Best Jazz Band 2013). Together, they also recorded concerts for Radio-Canada television and radio.