SOCAN International Achievement Award goes to Cristo!!

The international success of screen composer Cristobal Tapia de Veer earned him the SOCAN International Achievement Award, marking the first time that a composer for film and television has been awarded the prize.

Well deserved Cristo!

Big thanks to SOCAN, especially to Geneviève Côté, Chief Affair Quebec Officer



Get ready for ultra hyped: “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams”

Philip K. Dick is responsible for some of science fiction’s most iconic movies, such as Blade Runner, Minority Report, and Total Recall, and some of his short stories will be the basis for a new anthology show called Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams.

The first images of Bryan Cranston starring in Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams have been released, and they’re giving off the same sinister vibes as the first trailer. The Breaking Bad star is executive producing the sci-fi anthology series and starring in one of the episodes, ‘Human Is’. Essie Davis (aka Lady Crane in Game of Thrones) and Liam Cunningham (aka Davos from Game of Thrones) will also feature in the episode.

Each episode is inspired by one of Philip K. Dick’s renowned shorts stories and has been adapted by an exciting list of leading British and American writers and directors. The series also features an all-star roster of cast who head up this thrilling, audacious and emotional journey into the far reaches of imagination, such as Steve Buscemi, Timothy Spall, Vera Farmiga, Terrence Howard, Anna Paquin, Richard Madden, Julia Davis and Jack Reynor.

Sony Pictures and the UK’s Channel 4 announced last year that they were teaming up to create the show, with Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston, Justified’s Michael Dinner, and Battlestar Galactica’s Ronald D. Moore producing. The show will be distributed in the United States by Amazon Video, but interestingly, our first look at the show comes not from Amazon, but from Australian streaming company Stan.

(texts compiled from IndieWire, DigitalSpy, The Verge )


Rachel Therrien launches WDYT on August 29th, join us at the Upstairs from 5-7pm

This August 29th the intimate and cozy Upstairs Jazz Bar will be hosting the Rachel Therrien Quintet, who will launch Why Don’t You Try – Rachel Therrien’s 4th opus. Between 5pm and 7pm, the jazz quintet, lead by trumpeter Rachel Therrien, will present their new energetic repertoire, a mix of eclectic compositions originating from each member of the formation.

Recorded by Robert Langlois at Studio 270 and mixed at Studio Tone Bender by Olivier St-Pierre, this record unites tasty jazz-rock with creative arrangements and offers a beautiful cohesion between the musicians. Co-produced by Rachel Therrien and Kim Neundorf for Free Run Artists Productions, the record will be released by Multiple Chord Music label. Emphasising the sounds of Simon Pagé‘s groovy electric bass, Charles Trudel’s virtuoso keys, Alain Bourgeois‘s energetic drums, Benjamin Deschamps‘s inventive saxophone and Rachel Therrien‘s incendiary trumpet, Why Don’t You Try is woven of bold musical proposals, great moments of improvisation and a humorous touch.

Once again, Rachel Therrien focuses on the crossbreeding of genres and the spirited energy that is known to her, which will undoubtedly seduce the audience.

Simply put, a major player of the new generation jazz scene!


Rachel invited by Tony Allen, Roberto Fonseca, Beth McKenna…

It was an amazing week for Rachel Therrien at this year’s Montreal Jazz Festival! The highlight of course: her 9 piece combo performing PENSAMIENTO: PROYECTO COLOMBIA at a full Astral, receiving numerous of ravishing reviews.

Rachel also shared the stage with Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca, was 1st trumpeter on Beth McKenna’s Orchestra at the outside main stage and, woot woot, played a few soli with legendary drummer Tony Allen at the Monument National on the closing July 8th!

Her 4th album will be released on August 29th!

“Trumpeter Rachel Therrien performed on a number of stages: first as a featured soloist in Beth McKenna’s Jazz Orchestra (which played the leader’s eight-part suite Home: Montréal); later the same night accompanying Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca and again as a surprise guest during Tony Allen’s Blakey tribute. She presented her fiery new Afro-Colombian project Pensamiento at L’Astral, with a local band that included Colombian marimba player La Wey Segura (one of the 12 Colombian musicians featured on the album, recorded in Bogota), playing original compositions as well as arrangements of “Prende La Vela” and “¿Por qué me pega?.” (Jazz Times review)


Rachel Therrien’s “Pensamiento” premiers at Montreal’s International Jazz Festival – July 7th

For the first time ever, “Pensamiento: Proyecto Colombia” will be performed live on July 7th, 6pm, at l’Astral. Special guest, Colombian marimba player La Wey, will join Rachel and the other 7 musicos on stage.

Meet you at the party!

For more info and tickets click HERE

Gravacion, pacificoJazz, Bogota 2014, ©AntoniaZennaro

Gravacion, pacificoJazz, Bogota 2014, ©AntoniaZennaro

Gravacion, pacificoJazz, Bogota 2014, ©AntoniaZennaro