Inspired by the works of Riopelle, Vincent Gagnon and Dan Thouin will pay tribute to the Quebec painter, this afternoon, at the National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec, with a concert filled with improvisations.
A performance where the two musicians, together for the first time on the boards, will hear piano, organ and old synthesizers.
It’s Patricia Deslauriers, artistic director of the Québec Jazz event in June, which ends on Tuesday with the concert ofAl DiMeola, who had the idea of bringing these two musicians together on the same stage. A Quebec-Montreal meeting.
Dan Thouin had wanted, for several years, to set Riopelle to music. Asked for the recording of several albums as a guest, in times of pandemic, Dan Thouin had put this project on ice. Until the call of Patricia Deslauriers brings him back to life.
“My first idea was to build a show, one day, with a modern jazz quartet. I wanted to mix abstract visual art and improvisational music,” said the Montreal keyboardist, who will be behind the synthesizers.
Vincent Gagnon, who will be behind the piano and the organ, is a big fan of Dan Thouin. Excited by this adventure, he admits to having felt stress as well as the syndrome of the impostor when the artistic director contacted him to make this proposal.
“I always have that kind of reaction. I should tame myself because it always goes well every time. Dan isn’t much older than me, but he’s been on the scene longer than me. He’s the first jazz pianist I’ve seen in a club. It was at the Clarendon. I flipped over it. He is a jazz musician that I have always admired and I was happy to have this opportunity to be able to play with him,” he said.
Entitled Tribute to Rosa Luxemburg, this concert refers to this series by Jean-Paul Riopelle. The two musicians, who have hooked atoms, have built basic outlines around which they will improvise.
“We get along well aesthetically. We are going to make connections with the emotions and impressions generated by the works of Riopelle,” said Vincent Gagnon.
Vincent Gagnon and Dan Thouin have given themselves clear and very distinct roles.
“I’m going to make things more musical. Daniel will be, with his keyboards, in the sound environment and the colors. The idea is not to recount Riopelle’s paintings in music, but to draw inspiration from the atmospheres and emotions present in his paintings. People will receive something clear and pleasant to listen to,” portrayed Vincent Gagnon.
Dan Thouin specifies that the concert could make children. He would even like to record something in the next year. The keyboardist has done a lot of research on Riopelle over the past few years. He read books, visited exhibitions and took notes.
“It’s something I’m going to keep open. This show is one of the performances it can take. It could be done with several musicians and with something more prepared. I would also like to do it again with Vincent, with whom I have a lot in common,” said Dan Thouin, a follower of Brian Eno and Harold Budd, who will be surrounded by a Minimoog, a replica of a old VCS3 synthesizer and a DX7.