Emie R Roussel Trio
Winner of the Stingray Rising Stars Award at the 2018 TD Halifax Jazz festival, of the 2015 Félix for jazz album of the year for their 3rd album Quantum, and the 2013‑14 Opus prize for jazz album of the year for their preceding release, TRANSIT, the Emie R Roussel Trio has experienced a dizzying ascent since 2010, and is now an unstoppable force in the Canadian jazz scene. With Emie R Roussel on piano (Révélation Radio-Canada Jazz 2014-2015), Nicolas Bédard on bass, and Dominic Cloutier on drums, the trio delivers creative and captivating jazz with passion and undeniable chemistry. Having also garnered special mention from the jury of the TD Grand Jazz Award at the 34th Montreal Jazz Fest and having won the Audience choice award at the 2013 Festi Jazz International de Rimouski, the group has not only been doing more and more concerts in Canada, but has begun making its mark around the world, winning admiration in eleven countries and on four continents. During a 2014 tour of Australia and New Zealand, they performed at the Melbourne Women’s International Jazz Festival and in the cities of Sydney, Brisbane, Auckland and Wellington. In 2015, the trio went on a European tour that took them to Italy, Estonia and France; they also presented Quantum in the U.S. and Mexico. In the fall of 2015, the Emie R Roussel Trio was back in Europe at the invitation of the festivals Éclats d’Émail in Limoges, and Jazzy Colors in Paris. In 2016, following the invitation of the Canadian Independant Music Association (CIMA), the trio presented a concert during Jazzahead in Bremen, Germany. A few months later, the trio completed a first Japanese tour with five concerts in Tokyo and Yokohama. In the fall of 2016, the group embarked on a third European tour, bringing them to the famous Duc des Lombards in Paris, and to the Festival Jazz à Verviers in Belgium, in addition to presenting a concert in Torino, Italy. In June 2017, the trio is back in Oceania for a second Australian tour presenting their music in Sydney, Brisbane and Cairns. In March 2018, the Trio presented a 4th European tour of 7 concerts that took them to France, Italy and Belgium. The trio’s fourth album, Intersections, was released in September 2017 and was nominated for the Felix of the Album of the Year – Jazz at l’ADISQ 2018 and at the Prix Opus 2019. The concert Intersections also received a nomination at Prix Opus 2019 in the category Concert of the Year – Jazz.
Emie R Roussel
Originally from the south shore of Montreal (Quebec, Canada), and an adopted resident of Rimouski, Emie Rioux-Roussel discovered the fascinating world of music through her parents, themselves musicians and singers. She began studying classical piano at the age of five and continued lessons until she was thirteen. After a complete two-year break, she decided to follow her instincts and her love of improvisation to begin studying jazz with her father, jazz pianist Martin Roussel. He would be her mentor until she started studies at St-Laurent college under the guidance of Lorraine Desmarais. She completed her diploma in jazz piano performance and was awarded the college’s “Very High Distinction” grant. In 2008, Emie made her entrance at Université de Montréal in jazz piano performance with Luc Beaugrand, and completed her bachelor’s degree in May 2011. Since then, she is a teacher and accompanist for the Jazz-Pop program at Rimouski college in Rimouski, Quebec. In June 2015, she won the CALQ Award (Creator of the Year) in the Bas-St-Laurent region.
Emie has been fortunate to share the stage with several renowned Canadian musicians, such as Terry Clarke, Mike Gauthier, Éric Lagacé, Dave Watts, Norman Lachapelle and Frédéric Alarie. She also played with saxophonist Yannick Rieu and singer Elizabeth Shepherd during a show at the 35th Montreal Jazz Fest, recorded by Radio-Canada and broadcast on Ici Musique radio. On the pop scene, she has accompanied artists such as Bruno Pelletier, Marco Calliari, Patrice Michaud and Carolanne D’Astous Paquet. In June 2014, she has been guest pianist for an episode of the TV show “Pénélope Mcquade” on Radio-Canada. Since 2016, she is a Canadian Nord Artist (Keyboards).
In 2010 Emie founded the Emie R Roussel Trio, with whom she recorded her first album that same year, entitled Temps Inégal. Winner of the Stingray Rising Stars Award at the 2018 TD Halifax Jazz festival, of the 2015 Félix for jazz album of the year for their 3rd album Quantum, and the 2013-14 Opus prize for jazz album of the year for their preceding release, TRANSIT, the Emie R Roussel Trio has experienced a dizzying ascent since 2010, and is now an unstoppable force in the Canadian jazz scene. With Emie R Roussel on piano (Révélation Radio-Canada Jazz 2014-2015), Nicolas Bédard on bass, and Dominic Cloutier on drums, the trio delivers creative and captivating jazz with passion and undeniable chemistry. Over the years, the Trio have had the privilege to present their music in eleven countries across four continents. The trio’s fourth album, Intersections, was released in September 2017 and was nominated for the Felix of the Album of the Year – Jazz at l’ADISQ 2018 and at the Prix Opus 2019. The concert Intersections also received a nomination at Prix Opus 2019 in the category Concert of the Year – Jazz.
Nicolas Bédard began his study of music in Quebec City under the direction of bassist Antoine Daignault. After his collegiate studies, he continued his training at McGill University, receiving instruction from such renowned professors as Fraser Hollins, Remi Bolduc, Jan Jarczyk and Joe Sullivan. He completed a bachelor’s degree in jazz performance there in 2009, and his master’s degree in 2014. His professional career got off to a strong start, notably as a member of the funk group Grooveattic, and the jazz trio Chicago Goes West, with whom he performed in the United States and the Canadian West. In recent years, Nicolas has taken part in numerous projects, including the Rafael Zaldivar Trio, Makaya, and Trio Bruxo. Since 2012 he is the bassist for the Emie R Roussel Trio, winner of the Opus Prize 2013-14, and of a Felix for jazz album of the year in 2015. Nicolas has performed throughout Europe, North and South America, and Oceania, on both electric bass guitar and acoustic upright. To his career as a performer has been added that of a teacher: Nicolas has given numerous master classes in both the United States and Canada; in 2009 he took a teaching post at the Campus Notre-Dame-de-Foy; and since 2013 he has taught electric bass and acoustic jazz bass at the Cégep de Rimouski. These varied work experiences have led him to master a wide range of musical styles, from jazz to rock to funk and Latin. Nicolas Bédard can be heard on the following records:
- Intersections – Emie R Roussel Trio, Effendi Records, 2017
- Quantum – Emie R Roussel Trio, Effendi Records, 2015
- TRANSIT – Emie R Roussel Trio, Note Musik, 2013
- Life Directions – Rafael Zaldivar Trio, Effendi Records, 2010
- Chicago Goes West, Chronograph Records, 2010
- Like a Tree – Grooveattic, 2009
A music-lover from his earliest childhood days, at the age of ten Dominic discovered his passion for the drums. A member of numerous bands throughout high-school, he oriented his collegiate studies towards music, completing a technical diploma in arrangement at the Cégep d’Alma under the tutelage of Marc Bonneau and Richard Dallaire. He then apprenticed himself to drummer Paul Brochu while completing a bachelor’s degree in jazz interpretation at the University of Montreal. After his academic journey in Quebec, Dominic headed to New York to hone his skills during a four month period at the Drummer’s Collective, studying with Kim Plainfield, Nathaniel Townsley and Marko Djordjevic. On his return, he launched into a career as a freelancer, playing for numerous groups and artists including Dan Bigras, Jean-Pierre Ferland, Le Show des Idoles 1 and 2, Chakidor, Claude Barzotti and many more. He could also be heard in shows such as Le Show du Refuge, La Mélodie du Bonheur and Footloose. Dominic’s passion for music goes beyond any particular style, and drives him to unceasingly develop his creativity. He is the drummer for the Emie R Roussel Trio since 2012, with which he won the 2013-14 Opus Prize for jazz album of the year for the album Transit, and the Felix for jazz album of the year for the album Quantum. Over the years, his work with the trio has brought him to eleven countries on four continents.