“ Deschamps and his musicians take us elsewhere, to uncharted territories that music lovers will be delighted to discover."

STANLEY PÉAN

2017

EPK

Saxophonist and composer Benjamin Deschamps 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), 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

  • 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

NEW ALBUM

AUGMENTED REALITY

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

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HEALING CHANT : THE INCANTATION

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★ HEALING CHANT : THE RESURRECTION

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★ PARALLEL UNIVERSE

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★ AUGMENTED REALITY

by BENJAMIN DESCHAMPS | Unfinished Business

AMITIÉS OUBLIÉES

by BENJAMIN DESCHAMPS | Unfinished Business

FEARLESS

by BENJAMIN DESCHAMPS | Unfinished Business

VIDEOS

UNFINISHED BUSINESS | LIVE SESSION

July 2021 | Maison de la culture Mercier

PRESS

NO CODES (2018)

“Again, composition and improvisation, exploration, individuality and tradition are all impressively maintained throughout, which makes No Codes a disc to absolutely die for.”

Raul da Gama

The Whole Note | 20 janvier 2019

“No Codes is a worthy addition to the recent spate of chordless releases and puts Benjamin Deschamps on the map, not only as a dexterous player but also as an innovative composer.”

Friedrich Kunzmann

All About Jazz | 20 décembre 2018

“A wonderful and intriguing album of well-crafted and well-played jazz, No Codes is a delight from start to finish.”

Lynn René Bayley

Art Music Lounge | 1er novembre 2018

“Alto saxophonist Benjamin Deschamps leads a seriously smoking quartet on the rather wonderful No Codes.”

Stuart Kremsky

Mr. Stu's Record Room | 5 mars 2019

“The sax tones are icy cool and filled with smoky breath. Lured in with subtlety and swing.”

Georges W. Harris

Jazz Weekly | 21 février 2019

“No Codes dynamically translates the bop legacy into its own contemporary design. [...] Proof that acoustic jazz without electronic effects can also sound intriguing and captivating [...] Époustouflant” as they say over there.”

Georges Tonla Briquet

Jazz Halo | 10 janvier 2019

“Modern and adventurous (…)”

Wulf Muller

Wulf's music + Blog | 10 décembre 2018

« Ce sont tous des instrumentistes de haut calibre, et les interactions entre la section rythmique et les solistes sont étourdissantes. »

Réjean Beaucage

Le Voir | 2 octobre 2018

DEMI-NUIT (2017)

« Benjamin Deschamps est d’une précision chirurgicale et trouve une splendide cohésion avec son Quintet. »

Frédéric Bussières

Poste d'écoute | 21 avril 2017

« […] cet héritier du saxophoniste Cannonball Adderley a de quoi réjouir l’amateur de jazz. »

Christophe Rodriguez

Journal de Montréal | 5 juillet 2017

« Préparez-vous à découvrir un saxophone puissant et passionné! »

ICI Musique

Révélation Radio-Canada Jazz 2017-2018 | 31 mars 2021

« Quand le bonheur côtoie l’intelligence, tout est dit! »

Christophe Rodriguez

Le Journal de Montréal| 22 avril 2017

WHAT DO WE KNOW (2014)

« Deschamps a une projection sonore d’enfer, qui passe par-dessus tout le reste. »

Frédéric Cardin

Ici Musique | 27 mars 2014

« Altiste marqué des empreintes de Cannonball Adderley et Dave Turner, il y a de quoi être heureux. »

Christophe Rodriguez

Sortie Jazz Night | 17 avril 2014

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MANAGEMENT

Marie-Catherine LaPointe, directrice
lapointe@boulevart.ca
514-667-0800 #1

Benjamin Massicotte, agent
benjamin@boulevart.ca
514-667-0800 #2

COMMUNICATION AND PR

Cristine Cimon-Fortier
communications@boulevart.ca
514-667-0800 #3

LESSONS AND OTHER REQUESTS

Benjamin Deschamps
info@benjamindeschamps.com