Montreal pianist/composer Marianne Trudel is one of Canada’s best-kept secrets. Gifted with a rich and varied lyrical nature and a highly dexterous technique, she has recorded six albums of exceptional depth and beauty. Marianne’s current Canadian tour (celebrating her latest release, La vie commence ici) features another homegrown jazz treasure: B.C. born and raised trumpeter Ingrid Jensen. Jensen, who has established herself among the world’s leading jazz instrumentalists and is now based in New York City, is an ideal interpreter of Trudel’s compositions, which capture the beauty and surprise of nature, as well as the joy of simply being alive in the world (The subtitle of their new project is “Life Begins Here”). With bassist Rémi-Jean Leblanc and drummer Rich Irwin completing the lineup, Marianne Trudel 4 featuring Ingrid Jensen is a subtle and supple vehicle for Trudel’s harmonically vivid compositions. This is “expansive and emotional modern jazz of the highest order” (TD Vancouver Int. Jazz Fest.). Trudel was a Prix Opus finalist for her album Le Refuge, while both it and La vie commence ici were nominated for JUNO Awards.
In the introduction to his 2014 interview with Marianne Trudel, Ottawa Citizen jazz critic Peter Hum was especially laudatory, underscoring why Sunfesters should not miss Marianne’s sets at the Jazz Village on Saturday afternoon: “Last weekend at the Quebec City International Jazz Festival, it was the concert by Marianne Trudel’s Quintet that most impressed and moved me…The Montreal pianist and composer, 37, and her group held her audience spellbound with some deeply adventurous, lyrical and utterly personal music. I heard a lot of food music on the weekend, but the amount of musical passion and unfettered interpersonal support at that concert was verging on off the chart at times.”