Reviews

Karen Young and Marianne Trudel brought warmth to this rainy Thursday evening in autumn. They served us Joni Mitchell like a good fireside scotch. On October 18, they presented, with disarming complicity and to our great pleasure, their most recent album, Portraits: Songs of Joni Mitchell, on stage at the Octave-Crémazie Concert Hall of the Grand Théâtre in Quebec City. The truly virtuosic Marianne, lively and creative, created a setting for Karen’s voice, all subdued. Karen, like a tightrope walker on her wire, was all vulnerability, joy, and simplicity. With each note, we felt their pleasure at performing Joni Mitchell. The show based on the new album presents eleven endearing and intimate portraits of North-Americans, just like Joni Mitchell does so well.” — France Vallée, Média des 2 Rives (Québec), October 2018 [5925] on Marianne Trudel et Karen Young — Portraits: chansons de Joni Mitchell (Oct 18, 2018)

Both sides now: a stunning moment, delivered with great emotion, that we would have liked to have last forever.” — Normand Provencher, Le Soleil (Québec), October 2018 [5923] on Marianne Trudel et Karen Young — Portraits: chansons de Joni Mitchell (Oct 18, 2018)

“In perfect symbiosis, in a show delivered with great simplicity, Karen Young and pianist Marianne Trudel were in communion with Joni Mitchell’s music on Thursday evening at the Octave-Crémazie Concert Hall of the Grand Théâtre. The two women were generous with their commentary about each song, in an intimate ambiance between two smiles full of complicity.” — Normand Provencher, Le Soleil (Québec), October 2018 [5924] on Marianne Trudel et Karen Young — Portraits: chansons de Joni Mitchell (Oct 18, 2018)

“Mercredi soir, place des Festivals, l’Orchestre national de jazz de Montréal était au service de la jazzwoman Marianne Trudel et de son œuvre la plus considérable jusqu’à ce jour: Dans la forêt de ma mémoire (…) Œuvre pérenne, brillante, inspirée. À n’en point douter, Marianne Trudel pourra la présenter sa vie durant sur l’entière planète jazz.” — Alain Brunet, La Presse (Québec), July 2015 [6823] on Dans la forêt de ma mémoire, Festival international de jazz de Montréal 2015: Orchestre national de jazz de Montréal (Jul 1, 2015 + Jul 1, 2015)Read the full text

“Trudel Trifolia Trio’s Triumph!… Trudel conducted a fine balance between the delicate and the powerful… contemplative improvising with a heavy emphasis on melodic exploration over hypnotic rhythmic vamps. is a patient improviser, churning out exquisite intervals as Lafrance dug in with the bow over the shimmering cymbals of Graham.” — Robert Bush, NBC San Diego (USA), June 2015 [5575] on Trifolia — USA (Jun 12, 2015)

“A set from Quebecois pianist Marianne Trudel featuring trumpeter Ingrid Jensen was particularly impressive. There is an implicit respect for nature, a feel for equilibrium which produces a strongly listened-through and thought-through performance from the whole band.” — LondonJazzNews (UK), April 2015 [5356] on “La vie commence ici” with Ingrid Jensen, Jazzahead 2015: Marianne Trudel Quintet — Ingrid Jensen (Apr 24, 2015)

“The show ended with Choral, a piece full of hope which overlaid different lines and textures into a harmonious and satisfying whole. It exemplified Trudel’s music in this concert: complex and multi-layered, and deserving of close attention.” — Alayne McGregor, OttawaJazzScene.ca (Canada), October 2014 [5298] on “La vie commence ici” with Ingrid Jensen: Marianne Trudel Quintet — Ingrid Jensen (Oct 25, 2014)Read the full text

Trudel Quintet’s concert was the show that connected most forcefully and directly. […] She’s simply dedicated to attaining peak experiences through music […] The crowd was utterly entranced.” — Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen (Canada), October 2014 [5201] on “La vie commence ici” with Ingrid Jensen, Festival international de jazz de Québec 2014: Marianne Trudel Quintet — Ingrid Jensen (Oct 19, 2014)Read the full text

“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, and her group held her audience spellbound with some deeply adventurous, lyrical and utterly personal music. The amount of musical passion and unfettered interpersonal support at that concert was verging on off the chart at times.” — Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen (Canada), October 2014 [5199] on “La vie commence ici” with Ingrid Jensen, Festival international de jazz de Québec 2014: Marianne Trudel Quintet — Ingrid Jensen (Oct 19, 2014)Read the full text

Trudel’s enthusiasm and virtuosity remained a clear rallying point for the entire trio” — John Kelman, All About Jazz (USA), April 2014 [5332] on Jazzahead 2014: Trifolia (Apr 25, 2014)

“The two best moments? Soon, defended with vigour by Marianne Trudel and supported by Dave Liebman’s brilliant improv, at the very end of the first half, and David Amram’s charming and exotic Aya Zhen.” — Richard Boisvert, Le Soleil (Québec), October 2013 [5018] on Festival de jazz de Québec 2013: Cocktail jazz à saveur d’OSQ (Oct 27, 2013)

“Someone who usually navigates the shoals between notated and improvised music with refined resourcefulness, Trudel highlighted unanticipated muscularity in her improvisations.” — Ken Waxman, The New York City Jazz Record (USA), October 2013 [4994] on Guelph Jazz Festival & Colloquium 2013: Trio Trudel / Parker / Drake (Sep 6, 2013)

“As the performance rushed forward, eventually locking into a torrent of rolling thunder, she maintained the pace with stabbing runs, high-pitched key chiming plus sudden unexpected romantic sequences.” — Ken Waxman, The New York City Jazz Record (USA), October 2013 [4995] on Guelph Jazz Festival & Colloquium 2013: Trio Trudel / Parker / Drake (Sep 6, 2013)

“Thus, the crème de la crème of Montreal musicians including […] Marika Bournaki and Marianne Trudel, conducted by Lorraine Desmarais, made this renowned work resonate remarkably.” — Sandra Godin, canoe (Québec), August 2013 [5056] on The OSM & Kent Nagano at the Olympic Park (Aug 14, 2013)

“Her trio’s gorgeous performance knocked out the capacity audience” — Ken Pickering, Vancouver International Jazz Festival Blog (Canada), May 2013 [4918] on Jazzahead (Apr 27, 2013)

“The audience was wholly won over, reserving an enthusiatic ovation for the pianist [Marianne Trudel] and her collaborator [Lévy Bourbonnais].” — Nicolas Houle, Le Soleil (Québec), September 2008 [3816] on Festival de jazz de Québec 2008: Concert (Sep 14, 2008)Read the full text

“Austro-American bassist Peter Herbert was given a couple of occasions to shine as a soloist, followed next by pianist Marianne Trudel, the latter showing her jazz proclivities in her solos.” — Marc Chénard, La Scena Musicale (Québec), July 2008 [3847] on L’Off Festival de jazz de Montréal 2008: 5e route bleue (Jun 17, 2008)

“In the four hands tango with Càceres, but also in one of her own compositions that had nothing to do with tango, Marianne Trudel was completely in her element.” — Régis Tremblay, Le Soleil (Québec), June 2002 [3781] on Concert (Jun 12, 2002)Read the full text

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