Artist: Martine Carrière

Photo of Martine CarrièrePiano, singing and composition are some of Martine Carrière’s musical passions. After extensive classical training, she studied jazz piano, musical composition, classical singing and jazz. She is renowned among musical afficionados as an artist of integrity and great talent, with a deep knowledge of music, a unique voice, excellent technique and a very personal style, in her compositions as well as her interpretation. Her primary jazz influences are all pianists: Art Tatum, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, etc. Her vocal inspirations include Betty Carter, Billy Holliday, Sheila Jordan and Shirley Horne. Passionate, intense and charismatic, from the very beginning, Martine selected voice as her form of music, using it much as a wind instrument. Her musical interpretations are emotional, transparent and improvisational, and reveal extensive research. In the mid-eighties, she drew on her wide musical training to perform her original compositions as well as her own arrangements of jazz standards. Daniel Lessard, Ron Séguin, Frédérique Alarie, Jean Beaudet, Paul Léger, Dave Robbins, André White, Jean-François Groulx and Mathieu Bélanger are among the talented musicians with whom she worked in concerts and on TV and radio. During the nineties, Ms. Carrière performed a few concerts at Oscar Peterson Concert Hall, sang in private venues, and several of her compositions were performed by Montreal musicians.

In 1999, she was asked to be the solo vocalist in the movie “Chronique d’un cheval fou” by Director Michel Juliani, with a sound track by Jean Beaudet.

From 2000 to 2002, she set everything in motion to produce her album, HORIZON, that was recorded at Radio-Canada’s Studio 12 with pianist Jean Beaudet and his trio, Michel Lambert on drums and Adrian Vedady on double bass, and with musical guests Dave Turner on alto sax and Ron Séguin on double bass. This work is a mixture of her own compositions with an original piece from Jean Beaudet and some jazz standards.

In 2003, she promoted the album HORIZON and prepared a series of concerts to follow the record release, once again with Jean Beaudet and his trio. This recipient of a Research and Development Grant from the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres of Quebec has started composing her next work. Her music has been played on CBC Radio in Canada and on several Jazz Radio programs throughout Montreal and Canada.

In 2004, she produced a jazz concert in quartet and quintet with the Jean Beaudet Trio. The Martine Carrière Group also played at concert hall LE GESÙ and the Maisons de la Culture.

In 2005, she received a grant from the Canada Council, to study in New York with famous jazz singer Sheila Jordan. In June, Elephant Records released her new CD BLACKFOOT . She also performed at the Off-Jazz Festival as a guest vocalist for acclamed acoustics bass player Daniel Lessard. On November 26, in a joint production with Elephant Records, Martine Carrière in a quintet with Jean Beaudet on piano, Daniel Lessard on string bass, Martin Auguste on drums and Chet Doxas on sax presented a show of Jazz en concert in the Espace Dell’Arte hall.

In 2006, Martine Carrière’s music appeared in a compilation of Canadian jazz in Toronto. Her music has been broadcasted on the Chaîne culturelle of Radio-Canada, now called Espace Musique, as well as on CBC for several years.

The year 2007 has been part of a period of exploration for the next album of the vocalist-composer.