Ensemble Mathieu Soucy

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Mathieu Soucy (il) est un compositeur jazz montréalais et “ [...] un fin interprète dont la marque première est le swing [...] ” (Christophe Rodriguez, Sorties Jazz Nights). Son premier album intitulé Recollecting, lancé le 30 septembre 2022, “ [...] nous fait entendre du jazz à la fois classique et plein de fraîcheur [...] ” (Guy Stuckens, Radio Air Libre). Ses morceaux ont pu être entendus sur les ondes de CBC/Radio-Canada aux quatre coins du pays ainsi que sur celles de plusieurs radios communautaires domestiques, américaines et d’outre-mer. L’album lui a valu des apparitions fréquentes au sein des palmarès jazz des stations CHOQ et CFUV.
Mathieu Soucy (he/him/il), “a natural-born swinger” (Jack Bowers, All About Jazz), “has been making quite a splash on the scene these days as a player, educator and composer with a nicely balanced style that has one foot planted firmly in the tradition and one foot planted firmly in the now” (Lyle Robinson, Jazz Guitar Life). His first full length album RECOLLECTING (Inner-Bop Records, self-released) features brilliant voices of the new generation of Canadian jazz and was released on September 30th. JUNO-winner Caity Gyorgy makes a guest appearance on two tracks as a vocalist and lyricist. The album is a recollective act, i.e. it speaks the same language as the bop pioneers, but it does so with an accent; that of a 27-year old Canadian artist whose inmost voice has called for a spiritful recollection of its roots. The album celebrates the ever-futural propension of the bop language to reinvent itself through colourful variations, and pays tribute to Barry Harris, who passed when the project had just started, and to neo-bop master Mark Turner.

Mathieu’s discography also include UNSTABLUES GROUNDS and TRINKLE TINKLE (independent), two singles as a leader of a jazz trio, and Jeu d’ombres (Florafone Records), a short poetico-musical incursion into the magical space out of which half-improvised music and poetry emerge. It features Montreal-based mythic vocal storyteller Sarah Rossy and bears the poetical imprint of Paul Éluard and Charles Baudelaire to whom Mathieu lends his soundboard, so as to let their conjoined light shine forth in an undistorted yet very personal manner.