FINALIST OPUS AWARD 2018 – SHOW OF THE YEAR
WINNER OPUS AWARD 2017 – JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Duration : 75min in one part or 2x45min – We can adapt if needed.
Repertoire: songs and instrumentals from Félix Leclerc, Django Reinhardt and American swing composers
One night in 1951, two musical legends – Quebec chansonnier Félix Leclerc and gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt – happened to stay at the same hotel in Paris’s Latin Quarter. Django played guitar in his room all night; 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 – rumour has it that Leclerc even took a few guitar lessons from the gypsy master.
A chance encounter; a good story. But half a century later, four supremely talented musicians in Montreal asked themselves: What if the two men had gone on to make music together? And thus was born “Entre Félix et Django”: a daring, virtuosic, often witty marriage of songs of Leclerc and compositions by Django created by a four-woman string fronted by Christine Tassan. Drawing inspiration from the Quebec artist’s poetry and the French gypsy’s swing, Les Imposteures weave a rich new musical universe, an ode to freedom and creativity.
At the same time, “Entre Félix et Django” is a tribute to two artists who, on their respective continents, had such a lasting impact on their time and their culture. Since the group tours outside of Quebec, they have decided to create an international version of the show : « Django, Félix and Friends ». In the same lign of thought, they expand their concept to be more international. But who are these Friends? Les Imposteures revisits hit songs created by George Gershwin (I got rhythm, Summertime), Louis Prima (Sing, sing, sing), or Charlie Chaplin (Smile), and they lovely marry them with Django’s beautiful melodies. The standards they play are carefully selected and are interpreted with great passion.