The Jazzlab Orchestra Montreal, a flagship of Quebec jazz, is first and foremost the triumph of a vision: that of an ensemble that has become a crossroads of exchange, a convergence of distinct looks in the spectrum of a unique formation. able to tame all the approaches in a path of high flight, fruit of a collective work of a rare coherence.
JLOM is defined as a specific group in the world of Canadian jazz. Usually made up of 8 leading musicians, it has often gone from 8 to 12 to 22 musicians depending on the project. The JLOM explores musical writing in different styles, each time supported by outstanding composers and musicians. Always keen on originality, always attached to make gravitate a core of amazing artists, the JLOM elaborates with inspiration each project since its creation in 2003. "A particular musical perspective of the contemporary jazz" according to Alain Brunet, of the Press.
Virtually the only style formation in Canada, the JLOM has published 7 albums, mounted more than 38 special projects with international artists and given on several continents, more than 262 concerts in 15 years of existence. What is most striking about this group is that since its inception it has only offered original music projects of very high content. Of a rare intensity, it shows unceasingly an insatiable taste of exploration, combination, daring, in all styles stemming from the trends of modern jazz.
After having had a busy season with the release of the latest World Colors CD in 2015, the JLOM has set up several projects in 2016, including concerts in Québec of the World Colors project with international artists, including the American violinist Mark Feldman and saxophonist Donny MacCaslin, then the special project of composer and bassist Rufus Reid with a blown Jazzlab Orchestra at the Jazz en Rafale festival featuring 22 musicians plus singer Carole Therrien. The JLOM has also performed in outdoor concerts at the FIJM, Palais Montcalm and in concert at the Rimouski Jazz Festival. The special project with the great composer and bassist Rufus Reid, who was nominated for the Grammy Awards in two categories in 2016, also won the OPUS award in the best jazz concert of the year category in January 2016.
In May 2016, Jazzlab Orchestra Montreal placed an order for works by composer and pianist Félix Stussi to write 9 pieces to allow the JLOM to work on a new repertoire. Having received a writing scholarship from the CALQ, the composer Félix Stussi wrote the repertoire of the album "Quintessence" published in January 2019. Since then, the JLOM celebrate his 15th anniversary by giving concerts as much in Canada as in Europe. Supported by the Montreal Arts Council, which has awarded him 2 concerts production grants, and Musicaction, he is currently working in the City of Montreal's network of cultural houses. The Jazzlab is preparing for November 2019, 2 more tours. One in Canada and the other in Europe. The Jazzlab Orchestra is nominated to the ADISQ in the category - best jazz album of the year 2019 - A 15th birthday passing too quickly ...