Ludovico Einaudi and CRi headlining the Montreal Jazz Festival

Ludovico Einaudi and CRi headline the Montreal Jazz Festival

The International Jazz Festival is held at the Place des Festivals.

For its 42nd edition to be held from June 30 to July 9, the Montreal International Jazz Festival will welcome international and Canadian artists, such as the famous Italian pianist Ludovico Einaudi and the singer winner of two Félix CRi .

The program of more than 350 concerts by artists from here and elsewhere, two-thirds of which are free, was announced Tuesday morning in a press release.

On the menu: legends, discoveries, diversity , experiments, and even shows created exclusively for the festival. “In this context, jazz explodes to welcome influences from electronic music, hip-hop, blues and more,” it says.

Among the outdoor shows is that of electronic music artist Christophe Dubé aka CRi. The winner of the Félix awards for revelation of the year and electronic album of the year will take over the main TD Stage on July 6 for a show created exclusively for the festival. CRi counts several musical collaborations, notably with Daniel Bélanger, so we can expect to see several guests parade on stage with him, but their identity remains secret for the moment.

Artists like multi -Instrumentalist Tash Sultana, singer Corinne Bailey Rae, soul artist Lee Fields, hip-hop group The Roots and trumpeter Takuya Kuroda will also perform for free on the outdoor stages of the Jazz Festival.

Ticketed indoor concerts

Indoor concerts, for which tickets will be on sale from Friday, April 1 at 10 a.m., have also been announced.

The first of a series of three shows by American jazz drummer and bandleader Makaya McCraven will take place on June 30 at 6 p.m. at the Gesù. On the same day, singer Alicia Moffet, who has just released a new album, will perform at the MTelus.

As for Ludovico Einaudi, he will take the stage at the Maison symphonique on July 2 for his only solo concert of his entire North American tour, as a prelude to his two concerts with his group.

Jazz pianist and composer Lorraine Desmarais, originally from Montreal, will celebrate her 40-year career with guests on July 8 at the Monument-National.

One of the legends of the song country jazz singer Ranee Lee will pay homage to another Canadian icon as she presents her jazz reinterpretation of Celine Dion's songs. This project created exclusively for the festival will be presented on July 9 at the Monument-National.

Other names will be announced later this spring, but the announced programming, both outdoors and indoors, is available here.

Ludovico Einaudi and CRi headline the Montreal Jazz Festival

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