D'Harmo
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D'Harmo

Montréal, Quebec, Canada | SELF

Montréal, Quebec, Canada | SELF
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"D'Harmo - D'Harmo"



“Oh, forebears of mine,” as mushy-jazz-destroyer Boris Vian would have said, “how beautiful an album this is.” While the harmonica is barely heard in the world of jazz – maybe except for the works of tutelary figure Toots Thielemans, Howard Levy, Stevie Wonder from time to time, and the youngest of them all, Grégoire Maret – blues and traditional music are reaping their part of the lion’s share. In a certain way, D’Harmo creates a bridge between all of these styles with the small free-reed instrument . . . An ever-beautiful trek. A bit of jazz, but mostly evocative poetry. Exhilarating!

- Christophe Rodriguez, Sortie Jazz Night


"D'Harmo : Mine de babines"

Quebecers are viewed as pioneers when it comes to freestyle skiing and synchronized swimming… And now they lead the way for harmonica ensembles?! Indeed, these types of bands are rare on the planet, but we can now count on our group to save the day : an awesome foursome of guys, passionate for the warbles of the chord harmonica, bass harmonica, diatonic and chromatic harmonicas and even the harmonetta, an unusual harmonica that resembles parts of an accordion because of its extra buttons.
D’Harmo is composed of Lévy Bourbonnais, Jason Rosenblatt, Pascal «Per» Veillette and Samüel Caron. At best, D’Harmo can evoke a distant cousin of jazz. We prefer this semantic shift to better explain; more like a type of passé composé applied to our musical approach that consists of taking the already existing forms of old folk songs, a supply of French-Canadian Celtic and Ashkenazy Jewish (Eastern European) inspiration, and dashes of classical music and contemporary jazz. Literally, it’s a goldmine of harmonizing harmonicists..
- Alain Brunet, Lapresse
- Alain Brunet, La presse


"D'Harmo"

Four harmonica players harmonize and improvise brilliantly across Jewish traditions, jazz, rag, minimalist music, minuet, waltz, tango, reel and beyond. But this foursome always expands on the original form of the genres it leverages. Then there is blowing, breathing, the exchange of roles and the instruments . . . The music swings and wails, ultimately influenced by dance tunes of the 2010s for big finishers. The combination is lush. - Yves Bernard - Le Devoir


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D’Harmo is strictly composed of harmonica players. This type of band rarely seen and heard in Quebec – or globally, for that matter – truly offers a one-of-a-kind show. D’Harmo performs an original roster of songs composed by its members and played using various types of harmonicas, for instance the bass, chromatic and tuned harmonicas, as well as the harmonetta. Our music inspired from Klezmer, Quebec folklore, jazz and classical music combines modernity and tradition, eclecticism and pop.

D’Harmo’s Jason Rosenblatt, Pascal “Per” Veillette, Samuël Caron and Lévy Bourbonnais are undeniably among the best harmonica players in Canada. They all share solid professional experience as performers, teachers and composers. They studied music with the harmonica as their focus, and are actively involved in promoting the completeness of this instrument in the community. They have gathered around this ever-popular instrument, whose possibilities yet remain largely unknown, to fuse their talent and professionalism, giving birth to a united harmonica ensemble that creates and plays innovative and original music.

The D’Harmo show is much more than a simple concert – it’s a performance. The authenticity of this ensemble leaves no one unmoved, as the four players breathe out-and-in in their instrument with a passion that generates a physical, dynamic and energetic aura on stage. With its original repertoire, D’Harmo proposes a spellbinding concert flavoured with humour and virtuosity that genuinely compel ear and fibre to rediscover the harmonica.