“ Deschamps and his musicians take us elsewhere, to uncharted territories that music lovers will be delighted to discover."
Saxophonist and composer Benjamin Deschamps, Révélation Jazz Radio-Canada 2017-2018, has established himself as a staple of the Canadian jazz scene with his first 3 albums: What Do We Know (2014), Demi-Nuit (2017) and No Codes (2018). He has successfully presented his music across Canada, performing at several jazz festivals across the country and in France.
His new project, Augmented Reality (2021), Prix Opus Best Jazz Album 2023, takes a more electric, powerful and lyrical direction. Deschamps is inspired by the works of musicians who are fond of this fiery jazz, such as Donny McCaslin and Ben Wendel. This new album is introspective, more robust, more mature, but just as ingenious as the previous ones.
Benjamin has received many accolades over the past few years, including the TD Grand Prize of the Montreal International Jazz Festival (2019), the JPL Victo Jazz Grand Prize (2019) and the Radio-Canada Révélation Jazz Award (2017-2018).
AWARDS AND DISTINCTIONS
- Prix Opus Best Jazz Album – Augmented Reality – 2023
- Montreal International Jazz Festival’s TD Grand Award – 2019
- JPL Victo Jazz Grand Award – 2019
- Nominated for Prix Opus, category Concert of the year – Jazz (No Codes) – 2018-2019
- “Révélation” Radio Canada Jazz – 2017-2018
- Nominated for the Halifax Jazz Festival Stingray Rising Star Award – 2018
- Montreal Arts Council Jazz Creation Award– 2016
- Rimouski Jazz Festival Grand Award – 2013
Benjamin Deschamps – composition | saxophones | bass clarinet
Jean-Nicolas Trottier – trombone
Nicolas Ferron – electric guitar
Charles Trudel – piano | keyboards | wurlitzer | fender rhodes
Sébastien Pellerin – doublebasse | electric bass
Al Bourgeois – drums
★ UNFINISHED BUSINESS
HEALING CHANT : THE INCANTATION
★ HEALING CHANT : THE RESURRECTION
★ PARALLEL UNIVERSE
★ AUGMENTED REALITY
UNFINISHED BUSINESS | LIVE SESSION
July 2021 | Maison de la culture Mercier
AUGMENTED REALITY (2021)
“Benjamin’s world is best characterized by intricate, twisted themes, bold rhythm changes, post-bop melodies, and the modern sound of jazz / rock.”
“Augmented Reality is for contemporary jazz lovers who will appreciate the intricate attention to detail.”
“Augmented Reality is an excellent album (…) It both swings and rocks.”
“ A stroll through a musical Musee d’Orsay. ”
George W. Harris
“His new …Reality is more electric, in-your-face, influenced by fusion and spectacularly entertaining.”
“Augmented Reality presents a more muscular sound that's still jazz-rooted yet rock-edged”
“The opening track is immediately a strong shot of adrenaline.”
Georges Tonla Briquet
"Augmented Reality marque un virage vers des sonorités amplifiées et puissantes, particulièrement propices aux envolées lyriques."
"Introspectif, plus robuste et plus mature."
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