GUY THOUIN & L'ENSEMBLE INFINI
QUEBEC, CANADA, COLOMBIA, ARGENTINA
SATURDAY MAY 20
CARRÉ 150 (Salle F. Lemaire)
3 PM - $36
Guy Thouin : batterie
Elyze Venne-Deshaies : saxophone ténor, clarinette basse
Andrea Mercier : saxophones
Aaron Leaney : saxophones
Félix-Antoine Hamel : saxophones
Marilou Lyonnais-Archambault : harpe, électroniques
Pablo Jiménez : contrebasse
Belinda Campbell : piano, électroniques
Scott Thomson : trombone
Raphaël Foisy : guitare électrique
A founding member of the Quatuor du jazz libre du Québec, a member of L’Infonie, a musician with L’Osstidcho — GUY THOUIN is a living legend of Quebecois free jazz and counterculture. And, in his eighties, he has become the beating heart of an underground music scene. For the past twenty years, THOUIN has been welcoming young musicians into his home for jam sessions, the best of which can be found on the Internet under the title From the Basement. Several projects have emerged from these educational experiences, the most meaningful one being the HeArt Ensemble with sax player FÉLIX-ANTOINE HAMEL and several guests.
The dynamism of the youngsters that revolve around him convinced THOUIN to put together an ad hoc band for an outdoor performance in downtown Montreal, in September 2022, presented alongside a public viewing of a restored version of the film L’Infonie inachevée.
The reception was so enthusiastic that THOUIN officialized the group into a multigenerational ten-piece called L’ENSEMBLE INFINI and is now working on new dynamic avant-jazz pieces that leave room for a healthy dose of improvisation.