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"Rachel is a young trumpet player with a luxurious opus in her compositions and her multicultural rhythms. A musical, fluid and mature phrasing." - Lionel Loueke "Yemaya à Montréal" got in 1st place in Radio Canada (CBC Radio), Espace.Mu's Jazz Palmarès Rachel Therrien Quintet won the ‟public‟s choice‟ at Rimouski Festi Jazz International 2011

BIOGRAPHY THE QUINTET The Rachel Therrien Quintet, formed by Rachel Therrien in 2009, after her stay in Cuba, is a group of Jazz musicians that perform original compositions. Rachel is a young trumpeter and accomplished composer in the Montreal Jazz scene. After having played with several combinations of musicians, she has found the perfect ensemble for her many compositions. (Charles Trudel at piano, Alain Bourgeois on drums, Simon Pagé on bass, and Sebastian Fortin on saxophone) Owing to the talent of her musicians, she is able to bring her compositions to a higher level of interpretation for your listening pleasure.

Rachel Therrien incorporates various influences into her compositions. From the Jazz standards of Freddie Hubbard to Breckers groove, through different styles from Miles to a touch of traditional Cuban, she has composed a unique style of her own. The quintet has performed in the four corners of the Montreal music scene over the past year and has released their first album in September 2011. Rachel Therrien is confident that her quintet will enjoy success in the near future. The quintet just confirmed an international career after a series of concerts they did at the INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL in HAVANA, CUBA, in december 2010 . The Rachel Therrien Quintet is a group to watch for all lovers of original Jazz music.

RACHEL THERRIEN In a very short time, Rachel Therrien has distinguished herself as trumpeter not only in the Montreal music scene, but internationally as well. Still in the upstart of her career, her vast experience has included performances with renowned artists such as Vic Vogel, Remi Bolduc, Oliver Jones, Carole Welsman, Anancaona de Cuba, Klimax, Michel Legrand, Ginette Reno, Alex Bellegrade, Sophie Desmarais, and more.

Rachel is perseverant and works relentlessly at making her dream come true. Her musical journey stands out among many artists of her generation. In 2008, Rachel spent 9 months at the Superior Institute of Arts in Cuba to develop her technique and study with great Cuban musicians such as Elidio Chappotin, Yasek Manzano and Gorge Rubio. She completed her Bachelor‟s degree in Jazz interpretation at Université de Montréal in 2010 under the direction of her trumpet professor, Ron Di Lauro. Since then, she directs her own new project, the “Rachel Therrien Quintet” and is presently preparing her first album to be released in september 2011. Original compositions from Rachel Therrien at her best, accompanied by an ensemble of the best emerging musicians in Montreal! Their first album "On Tack" came out on last September 8th, and since, they are multiplying the critics and articles. The first song of the album "Yremaya à Montréal" from Rachel Therrien, got on 1st place of Radio-Canada's Palmares Jazz of espace musique!


MEMBERS BIOGRAPHY Acadian drummer Alain Bourgeois performs regularly in the blues and jazz scene in Montreal. He has played with Marc-André Léger, Simon Legault Quartet, Mario Allard Quintet, Roland Bourgeois and Banshee (nominated for the best traditional recording at the East Coast Music Awards ). Having completed his Bachelor in the Jazz Performance program at McGill University Alain has had the opportunity to play at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Canadian Jazz Awards, and all over North America.

Charles Trudel completed his Bachelor of music at McGill University in the piano jazz performance program. He had the opportunity to study with great musicians such as Rémi Bolduc, Jan Jarczyk, Kevin Dean, Ron Di Lauro and many others. From R & B to pop, Charles versatility and professionalism have allowed him to play frequently with some of the top musicians in Montreal.

Sébastien Fortin is an incredible saxophone player of the new generation. He has studied with renowned Montreal musicians such as Richard Beaudet, Dany Roy, Simon Stone, Ron Di Lauro, André Leroux and Frank Lozano. He has performed live with Bruno Pelletier and Claude Dubois and Lulu Huges on the General Motors stage of the Montreal International Jazz Festival.

Simon Page performs regularly with jazz musicians, artists in the world music scene, traditional Quebec groups and artists from the popular Quebec music scene such as Jim Zeller and Marie-Michèle Desrosiers. His mastery of musical language and his incredible approach to bass makes him a positive element for all groups with whom he performs.



Next events : 05-10-11 - Rachel Therrien Latin quartet - House Of Jazz 07-10-11 - Rachel Therrien Quintet - Bistro In Vivo - Montréal 20-10-11 - Rachel Therrien Quintet - Québec Jazz Festival 26-10-11 - Rachel Therrien Quintet - Place des Arts 03-11-11 - Rachel Therrien Quintet - Cegep Lionel Groulx

Spectacles Antérieurs : 16-09-11 - Rachel Therrien Trio - Boofinger 15-10-11 - Rachel Therrien Trio - Boofinger 08-09-11 - ALBUM RELEASE - Upstairs Jazz & grill - Montréal 02-09-11 - ALBUM RELEASE - RIMOUSKI - FESTI-JAZZ-RIMOUSKI 24-08-11 - RACHEL THERRIEN LATIN JAZZ QUARTET - with Alex Bellegarde, Arden Arapian and Michel Medrano Brindis - House Of Jazz - Montréal 31-07-11 - Rachel Therrien and Jose Rodolfo Rodriguez Trio 77, de l’Église Street, Saint Placide 01-05-11 - Rachel Therrien Quintet - Upstairs 06-04-11 - Invited by Abel Maxwell - Dièze Onze 03-03-11 - Rachel Therrien Quintet - at CFC - Ex Zoobizare - Montréal 10-03-11 - Jeudi Jazz - Cégep Lionel Groulx, St-Thérèse, Québec 24-02-11 - Special guess - Christine Tassan - Dièze Onze - Montréal 22-02-11 - Invited by Alex Bellegarde Jam S.- Dièze Onze - Montréal 23-01-11 - Casa Obscura, Montréal 17-12-10 - Festival Jazz Plaza, HAVANA, CUBA 16-11-10 - at Quai Des Brumes, Montréal 21-10-10 - at Moulinsart - Pharaon Lounge 23-09-10 - at Moulinsart - Pharaon Lounge 18-08-10 - at Moulinsart - Pharaon Lounge 01-07-10 - Montréal International Jazz Festival 07-05-10 - Graduation concert


Review from JOURNAL DE MONTRÉAL news


„YEMAYA À MONTRÉAL‟ of Rachel Therrien got in 1st place in Radio-Canada, Espace Musique‟s Jazz Palmarès.

What they are saying ... "Rachel is a young trumpet player with a luxurious opus in her compositions and her multicultural rhythms. A musical, fluid and mature phrasing." - Lionel Loueke

"Through hard work, perseverance and ambition, Rachel Therrien releases "On Track", showcasing her expressive creativity with trumpet playing that any teacher couldn't be prouder of. This beautiful recording introduces our newest talent and a new artist to the world." - Ron Di Lauro

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Review from L‟AVANTAGE news

Laurent Leblond - August 27, 2011 After listening to her album, it is confirmed, the talent this young composer-musician has is wide-ranging. Her creations are fuelled by rhythms of Jazz, Blues or South American, just as much as Afro-Cuban. This first opus forecasts good times a head.

Review from SORTIES JAZZ NIGHTS news

September 1, 2011 There aren't a lot of women playing jazz trumpet. Besides Ingrid Jensen and Maiden Voyage, this is a vast inhabited region, so hats off to young trumpeter Rachel Therrien. After nine months in Cuba in 2008 and training in jazz interpretation with Ron Di Lauro at the UdeM, she dives into the world of jazz. Surrounded by a top-notch quartet : Charles Trudel, piano, Sébastien Fortin, sax, Simon Page, bass and Alain Bourgeois, drums, the trumpeter gives us ten original tracks, jazz in a hard-bop mode, Art Blakey version. Using finesse rather than power, such as Howard Mc Ghee, Kenny Dorham and Ron Di Lauro, Rachel Therrien lays out her vision of jazz with Yemaya à Montréal, Dadas Blues, Me Voy. Keep your ears and eyes on her. by Christophe Rodriguez


Review from PROGRÈS ÉCHO news


Reviews from LA PRESSE and VOIR news



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Rachel Therrien's Press Kit 2012  

Press Kit 2012 - English