Christine Tassan et les Imposteures
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Christine Tassan et les Imposteures

Montréal, Quebec, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2004 | MAJOR

Montréal, Quebec, Canada | MAJOR
Established on Jan, 2004
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"“Christine Tassan defied gypsy-jazz conventions.” “Despite the name of her quartet—Les Imposteures—Christine Tassan adds a special authenticity to the April in Paris festival in Vancouver this weekend.”"

“Christine Tassan defied gypsy-jazz conventions.” “Despite the name of her quartet—Les Imposteures—Christine Tassan adds a special authenticity to the April in Paris festival in Vancouver this weekend.” - Straight.com - By Tony Montague, April 19, 2012


"“Our inspiration comes very much from Django and [his longtime musical partner] Stéphane Grappelli, but you can feel influences from elsewhere,” she adds. “We mix genres a bit—for instance blending Django’s ‘Minor Swing’ with ‘Le Reel Mattawa’, written in"

“Our inspiration comes very much from Django and [his longtime musical partner] Stéphane Grappelli, but you can feel influences from elsewhere,” she adds. “We mix genres a bit—for instance blending Django’s ‘Minor Swing’ with ‘Le Reel Mattawa’, written in a Québécois traditional vein. We compose quite a lot ourselves.” - Straight.com - By Tony Montague, April 19, 2012


"“Their stage act is full of spirit, humour and camaraderie and they readily engage the audience, often venturing into the crowd while playing, making for a very down to earth but uplifting musical experience.”"

“Their stage act is full of spirit, humour and camaraderie and they readily engage the audience, often venturing into the crowd while playing, making for a very down to earth but uplifting musical experience.” - CBC News, Saskatchewan


Discography

C'est l'heure de l'apero (October 2nd, 2012)
Pas manouche, c'est louche (October 14th, 2009)
De bon matin (March 27th, 2007)




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It has been ten years since Christine Tassan et les Imposteures started tending their craft in the gypsy jazz milieu and performing standards, and there is no doubt that they are definitely here to stay. Pioneers in a domain usually reserved for men and precursors of the gypsy wave that swept across Qubec, this all-woman quartet continues to reinvent this timeless music while integrating new ideas and influences with an originality and flair we have become familiar with. From standards to original compositions, the Imposteures musical arrangements innovate, rejuvenate and leave room for unbridled creativity from four talented and accomplished young women. 

Since their inception in 2003 the group has solidified their reputation. With more than 400 concerts in various venues and festivals, including numerous appearances in major events and tours across Canada and France, they have cultivated the adoration and loyalty of an ever growing fan base. We have had the chance to see them at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, at the Lvy Festival de Jazz, at the Festival des guitares in Rouyn-Noranda, at the April in Paris Vancouver festival, and more recently in St-Pierre et Miquelon. On two occasions, their show has been taped and broadcasted by CBC Radio as part of the Concerts on demand, in Montreal and Saskatoon. Over the years, the band has shared the stage with illustrious gypsy swing musicians, including John Jorgenson, Tchavolo Schmit, Angelo Debarre, Rodolphe Raffalli and David Reindhart. 

Their first two albums, De bon matin (2007) and Pas manouche, cest louche (2010), achieved rapid critical acclaim. Only a few weeks after it was released, De bon matin went to the top of Radio-Canadas Coup de Coeur hit list and reached number one on the Radio Couleur Jazz top 4. In turn, Pas manouche, cest louche was nominated for Best Jazz Album Creation at the ADISQ awards, alongside other great artists such as Jordan Officer, Julie Lamontagne and Christine Jensen. 

On stage, we bear witness to four musicians who have mastered their talents. They improvise with ease, interpret their repertoire with dynamism, and blend their voices together in refined harmonies. But its their communicative energy and the personal bond between them that hits home the most. Christine Tassan et les Imposteures, are first and foremost four friends who have harnessed their energies and their voices to give rise to, year after year, the fruit of their creativity. 

Their third album, released in October 2012, follows in the same lively spirit. Like its two predecessors, it weaves together a clever mix of original compositions and standards, songs and instrumental pieces. The album brims with a ripe confidence that clearly reveals the evolution of the group. It was recorded, mixed and mastered by Claude Champagne and its production funded by Musicaction. Cest lheure de lapro marks the beginning of a new chapter for Christine Tassan et les Imposteures, who are once again touring Qubec, Canada and the world to showcase their new sparkling and savory show. 

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