Guillaume Martineau, a classically trained pianist, has been making his foray in jazz since 2012, the year he obtained his Professional Diploma in Jazz from the Berklee College of Music. He had previously won, in 2009, the prestigious Canadian Music Competition, but an encounter with Montreal pianist Oliver Jones convinced him to jump ship and explore the limitless world of jazz of his own accord. Martineau released his debut album, Par 5 Chemins, just last November on Montreal’s up-and-coming The 270 Sessions label, but his greatest accomplishment to date is the Revelation Award he received just last week from Radio-Canada, the Canadian equivalent of NPR. Check out the video clip for Martineau’s “Le matin des magiciens” (The Morning of the Magicians), below the jump featuring François Jalbert (guitar), Simon Pagé (bass), and Raphaël Pannier (drums). Like what you hear? Then make sure to download “Lolo” for free off his Par 5 Chemins album at the following link (Press Ctrl+S while on page).
Sébastien Hélary co-founded Nextbop in 2009 with the objective of introducing modern jazz music to a younger generation of fans. Aside from music, his other main obsession is food, particularly ramen and other Japanese delicacies.