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GrassRoots Regina is pleased to present Montreal’s gypsy jazz quartette Christine Tassan et les Imposteures in concert.
Sunday 22 March 2020, 08:00pm - 10:30pm
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Location The Exchange, 2431 8th Avenue, Regina

The band is comprised of four exquisitely talented musicians who perform their unique style of gypsy jazz featuring works by Django Reinhardt, Stéphane Grappelli and American swing composers blended with traditional Québécois music.

Christine Tassan emigrated from her native Paris to Montreal in 1994; bringing with her her love of the great French standards and jazz manouche. In 2003, she teamed up with traditional and classical violinist extraordinaire Martine Gaumond, jazz guitarist Lise-Anne Ross, bassist Blanche Baillargeon and Christine Tassan et les Imposteures was born. The name "Imposteures" is a not-so-subtle jab at the long-standing tradition of gypsy jazz as a male-only domain. Brushing aside this taboo, these four talented young women were so smitten by this infectious acoustic jazz music that they dove into the genre headfirst and formed Canada's only female gypsy jazz ensemble. However, for their Regina appearance, Jeff Moseley will be replacing Lise-Anne Ross on guitar.

Christine Tassan et les Imposteures arrange and play gypsy jazz classics in their own unique way but they also have a beautiful repertoire of French vocal standards that they perform marvellously, often in four-part harmony. Their stage act is full of spirit, humour and camaraderie; they readily engage the audience, often venturing into the crowd while playing, making for a very down to earth but uplifting musical experience. In performance, it is evident that the four musicians have mastered their talents. They improvise with ease, interpret their repertoire with dynamism, and blend their voices together in refined harmonies. From standards to original compositions, the group’s musical arrangements innovate, rejuvenate and leave room for unbridled creativity.

Christine Tassan et les Imposteures released their first full-length album, De bon matin, in 2007 and have subsequently released five additional albums; their most recent, Django Belles, in 2018.