Newly Brooklyn-based, trumpeter, composer, and bandleader, Rachel Therrien already boasts an enviable CV. Known for her very personal signature, she has developed a reputation as a highly-skilled, versatile and creative artist. She’s winner of the 2015 TD Grand Prize Jazz Award at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, where she presented her second album Home Inspiration, “an emotionally charged show filled improv and exceptional musical orchestration” -FIJM,


Her quintet with Simon Page on bass, Charles Trudel on Piano, Alain Bourgeois on drums and Benjamin Deschamps on sax, has released two albums, On Track (2011) and Home Inspiration (2014). Since the release of the second album on the Multiple Chord Music label, she has toured as a band leader in  the Midwest USA, Ontario, and New York City, in a list of clubs and Festivals. She will soon be releasing her new Afro-Colombian inspired jazz album, “Pensamiento”, that was recorded in Bogota, Colombia, and starting the production of a third album with her Montreal Quintet. Rachel will also continue to host the Montreal Jazz Composers Series, an event that she founded in 2013 to contribute to Montreal’s jazz community.


Rachel and her quintet hit the Studio Live stage on Saturday, June 25 at 8 p.m. with a show that’s guaranteed to please and excite. Advance tickets $15 at  Bop City Records, Courtenay, Church Street Bakery, Comox and Rider’s Pizza, Cumberland or $20 at the door.


On June 29 at 8 p.m., acclaimed Canadian clarinetist François Houle joins forces with international creative musicians to present a one-of-a-kind musical experience. Along with long time collaborator, French pianist Benoît Delbecq (who appeared last year with Fourth Landscape at Studio Live), he invited Swedish pianist Mattias Risberg to join them, along with drum luminary Roger Baird to perform a set of improvised music where all four will interact in various duo, trio and quartet groupings. Benoît will also present a short solo set to open the evening. The concert takes place at Studio Live, 2679 Beaufort Avenue in Cumberland. This is a rare opportunity to hear these internationally acclaimed musicians playing in an acoustically benign, intimate venue in the Comox Valley. You can purchase advance tickets for $20 at Bop City Records, Courtenay, Church Street Bakery, Comox and Rider’s Pizza, Cumberland or $25 at the door.


Musicians Bios

A sought after soloist and chamber musician, clarinetist François Houle has actively expanded the clarinet’s repertoire by commissioning some of today’s leading Canadian and international composers and premiering over one hundred new works. A founding member of critically acclaimed ensembles such as Sea and Sky, The Turning Point Ensemble and Standing Wave, François’ extensive touring has led to solo appearances at major festivals across Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia. A prolific recording artist, he has released over twenty recordings as a leader, earning multiple Juno Award and West Coast Music Award nominations, he has been listed on numerous occasions in Downbeat magazine’s Readers and Critics’ Polls as “Talent Deserving Wider Recognition” and “Rising Star”.

a spectacularly versatile clarinetist who appears to have no limitations stylistically or sonically” —Mark Swed, LA Times


Swedish pianist Mattias Risberg, born 1960, has collaborated with an array of great European improvisers, including Fredrik Ljungkvist, Mats Äleklint, Joe Williamson, Sofia Jernberg, Per-Åke Holmlander, Jon Fält and Raymond Strid. His otherworldly sonic explorations span jazz, improv, art-rock, and contemporary classical worlds. He grows his passion for old soulful instruments like mellotron, pipeorgans, analog synths etc and loves to explore and create new soundscapes. Risberg’s working field is often where improvisation meets composition, where old traditions collaborate with new and where music meets other forms of art. He has composed several major pieces and has his own band Ritualia. Mattias Risberg is educated in piano improvisation and composition at Royal College of Music in Stockholm.


A dreamer and an adventurer in music, pianist/composer/producer Benoît Delbecq has been one of the activists of Hask (1992-2004) and Astrolab (1994-1999), two Paris-based cutting-edge jazz/improv collectives that have contributed to significantly revitalize the French creative music scene around the club Instants Chavirés in Montreuil/Paris. His music and projects include works for theater, dance, literature, visual arts and motion pictures, that are being regularly invited by major festivals worldwide. He has released about 35 records as a leader or co-leader among a discography of more than a hundred discs. Anchored in both jazz history as well as in aesthetical stakes of today’s new musics, Delbecq’s works are world-widely acclaimed since the early nineties. He is a renown specialist for a personal and polymetric approach of “prepared piano”, and has also a regular activity in the electronic department.


Roger Baird has performed and recorded around the world in a career that spans over 40 years. He was active in the 70’s New York Loft scene as a founding member of The Music Ensemble composed of William Parker, bass, Billy Bang, violin, Dewey Johnson, trumpet, Earl Freeman, bass, Daniel Carter, flutes and reeds, and in numerous projects involving many other great musicians. In 1980 he played and recorded with Louis Armfield’s Spiritual Jazz Quintet in Amsterdam. During the late eighties and nineties he performed/recorded as sideman and bandleader with some of Canada’s most adventurous musicians as well as with US, European and Japanese artists, including Marilyn Crispell, Glenn Spearman, Walter Wierbos , Dr. Umezu, and Lisle Ellis. His current projects include the Baird, Black and White Trio. His melodic style of drumming brings a fresh vision to the instrument.