Christine Tassan et les Imposteures – Félix, Django & Friends
With close to 15 years of bringing their special blend of Gypsy jazz and revisited cover songs to audiences, Christine Tassan et les Imposteures have made a name for themselves on the music scene. Tireless explorers of the Gypsy jazz world, the four-woman band confirms their originality and offers a show sparkling with invigorating ingredients.
The new show brings together some of the best work by Félix Leclerc and Django Reinhardt. One night in 1951, two musical legends, Quebec chansonnier, Félix Leclerc and gypsy guitarist Django Reinhard stayed at the same hotel. Leclerc, next door, turned to his wife and said, “That guy is keeping me awake, but can he ever play!” And thus, a friendship was born and rumor has it that Leclerc even took a few guitar lessons from the Gypsy master. The rest is the product of the intensely creative imagination of the quartet. It is, of course, a fantastic tribute to a pair of great artists who, on their respective continents, had such a lasting impact on their time and culture.
Pioneers in a domain usually reserved for men, the Imposteures were precursors of the gypsy jazz wave that swept across Quebec. This all-woman quartet continues to reinvent this timeless music while integrating new ideas and influences with an originality and flair. From standards to original compositions, the Imposteures musical arrangements innovate, rejuvenate, and leave room for unbridled creativity from these extremely talented young women.
Christine Tassan – lead guitar, voice
Martine Gaumon – violin, voice, foot percussion
Lise-Anne Ross – rhythm guitar, voice
Blanche Baillargeon – acoustic bass, voice