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Marianne Trudel


MARIANNE TRUDEL is a multi-talented pianist, composer, improvisor, and arranger. At once energetic and passionate, her music cross-cuts a wide swath of musical interests. As a performer, she pursues an active career in a variety of settings ranging from solo performance to more intimate duos and trios, and larger groups as quintet, septet, Trifolia and large ensembles. She has played in Canada, United States, France, and Germany.

She has released a number of recordings under her name: Le Refuge, Trifolia (2013), Espoir et autres pouvoirs, Marianne Trudel Septet (Effendi records 2011), L’embarquée, Duo Trudel-Bourbonnais (2009), Sands of Time (Live) , Quintette Marianne Trudel (2007), and

Espaces libres, solo piano (2005) all having garnered rave reviews. Recipient of the Prix Étoiles Galaxie de Radio-Canada (Montreal Jazz Festival 2007), Marianne Trudel has presented multiple artistic projects that not only bring her considerable skills to the fore but also her keen sense of creativity.

She has shared the stage with, among others, in jazz and improvised music: Chucho Valdes, Mark Feldman, Evan Parker, Tony Malaby, René Lussier, Mark Dresser, Kenny Wheeler, Ingrid Jensen, Jon Wikan, Gerry Hemingway, William Parker, Mark Helias, Jean Derome, Karen Young, George Lewis, and Muhal Richard Abrams. In Chanson française and World / traditional music: Charles Aznavour, Lena Chamamyan, Farida, Juan Carlos Caceres and Laura Risk. She has composed and arranged for the radio of Radio-Canada, the American composers Orchestra (NYC), the ensemble OktoEcho, the Henri Mancini Institute Orchestra (Los Angeles, California), the McGill Jazz Orchestra, as well as scoring for short films.

Her previous studies have included a Master in Ethnomusicology (Université de Montréal), a Bachelor in Jazz Performance (McGill University), and numerous workshop.

In 2014, Trudel released La vie commence ici with a new group featuring New York trumpeter Ingrid Jensen. The album aslo features saxophonist Jonathan Stewart, bassist Morgan Moore, and drummer Robbie Kuster. The album was nominated for a 2015 JUNO.


2014 - JUNO nomination for 'Contemporary Jazz Album' for Trifolia
2015 - JUNO nomination for 'Jazz Album of the Year, by a Solo Artistfor La vie commence ici