Sylvain Cossette (guitar-composition)
Sylvain Cossette first studied the guitar at the Cégep St-Laurent under Mr. Sam Balderman, where he benefited from the teachings of several well-known Quebec musicians (Jean-Pierre Zanella, Luc Beaugrand, André Beaudry, etc.). He completed a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Interpretation at Concordia University (learning from Neil Smolar, Garry Schwartz, Roddy Ellias, Andrew Homzy, etc.). Since then, he has never stopped looking for every possible opportunity to make the most of his musical knowledge. While playing with his own group (Sylvain Cossette Quartet), he started a partnership with Stéphanie Biddle (daughter of the late Charles Biddle) to start the Liquid Blues Band. For two years (1999-2000), the group gave several performances in many concert halls and festivals in Quebec and it also took part in recording the score of the American movie One eyed king. Sylvain Cossette has written musical arrangements intended for movies for Neil Smolar (Neil Smolar Productions). In 1999, with a few fellow musicians, he founded l’École de musique de la Montérégie, a music school in Longueuil. He has received several grants from the Conseil des Arts et des lettres du Québec and the Canada Council, particularly to record a CD album with his quartet (Another Step) and to perfect his skills under the well-known American guitarist Ben Monder (2003).
Involved in the musical community, he often performs in Montréal and other cities as well as with several pop and jazz artists, such as Stéphanie Biddle, Rebecca Do and Steve Hill. Currently, Sylvain Cossette is teaching jazz guitar at the Cégep Marie-Victorin.
Bruno Lamarche (tenor saxophone)
Bruno Lamarche is a saxophone player attracted to creativeness. After having completed a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance at McGill’s University (where he was awarded the Marion Magor Memorial Scholarship and the James McGill Award), he pursued a very interesting musical career, playing throughout Canada and Switzerland as well as in New York. He can be heard on albums such as Joel Miller’s Mandala and Bernard Primeau’s Liaisons. Honored with invitations to participate in a number of events, he was able to meet and play with renowned musicians such as Ben Monder, Philip Catherine, Vic Vogel, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Oliver Jones, Guido Basso, Chris McCann and Michel Cusson. Versatile, he also played with the Raoul klezmer group and the Dixieband. Mr. Lamarche was also a recipient of a scholarship from the Conseil des Arts et des lettres du Québec.
Marc Lalonde (acoustic bass)
Marc Lalonde is always a musician at heart, whether of not behind his double bass. As a jazzman and a background player (Yannick Rieux, Thuryn Von-Pranke, Yves Léveillé, Laurenne Klassen, Sylvain Cossette, Jean Beaudet, etc.), he is always willing to draw on his musical knowledge in different creations. Having developed strong technical musical skills at the Cégep St-Laurent, he went on as a self-taught musician and is now playing with classical orchestras (Sherbrooke, Université de Montréal, etc…) as well as on jazz albums (Thuryn Von Pranke, Yves Léveillé, Jean Beaudet, etc.). Without a doubt, he is a very respected double bass player within Montreal’s musical community.
Ugo Di Vito (Drums)
Trained as a classical pianist, Ugo was initiated in jazz piano playing by Lorraine Desmarais at the Cégep de St-Laurent (1989) where he also studied jazz harmonies under Luc Beaugrand. The following year, he decided to put all his efforts into playing drums, which he studied under Phillippe Keyser. As a self-taught drummer, Ugo Di Vito made his mark while playing with renowned musicians (André Leroux, Skip Bay, Dany Roy, Jean-François Groulx, Maxime St-Pierre). He is now playing either as a member or as a substitute in several groups such as the Yves Léveillé Quintet (Sur un air d’aller at SRC, Jazz Beat on CBC, Effendi en rafale à l’Alizé, Rimouski’s Festijazz, Halifax’s Atlantic Jazz Fest), for which he recorded Zone Indigène and Quantique (Effendi Records), and the Richard Gagnon Quintet (Ottawa Jazz Fest, independent album À coeur ouvert). In 1994, he started the No Name Jazz Sextet with Alexandre Côté, he went on two tours in Québec and recorded two CD albums: No Name Jazz Sextet (Effendi Records) and Plonger (VV Records). He is currently a member of Sylvain Cossette and Carole Therrien jazz groups as well as the Vic Vogel Nonet. Very respected for his versatility, both in jazz and in popular music, Ugo Di Vito has performed with singer Martin Deschamps in several clubs and music halls in Québec (1993-1997), as well as with singer Stéphanie Biddle (1999-2000)
Rémi Bolduc – guest artist (alto saxophone)
Rémi Bolduc comes from Ste-Hyacinthe, a city north of Montreal. By 15, he was already playing saxophone professionally. Back then, jazz was very much on his mind and by 19, he was to settle in Montreal where he would work on his trade with saxophonists Sayydd Abdul el Khabbyyr, Simon Stone and Bob Mover. Shortly after his arrival in town, he was noticed by big band leader and composer Vic Vogel, who would immediately praise his new protégé by saying that “he plays like the devil”!
Since that time, he has carved a good reputation on the city’s scene, earning journeyman credits by working and recording with several local bands. Nowadays, he teaches improvisation and saxophone at Concordia and McGill universities.
In 1991, Rémi was awarded bursaries by the Canada Council and the Quebec’s Ministry of Cultural Affairs to pursue his studies in New York City with alto saxophonist Steve Coleman. His stay there enabled him to get a better handle on his career and to find a sharper musical focus for it as well.
Since his return, he has become a leader in his own right, more convinced than ever in pushing his abilities to the limit. He has been devoting himself to composition as a means of crafting a personal musical statement. Not only that, but he has chosen to work with some top notch musicians, who are also blessed with strong musical personalities.
“ Fable” is his debut release as a leader, and this recording shows that he has magnificently met the challenge. The music is decidely of today, yet the foundations are clearly rooted in the great bop tradition. The melodies and structures of each piece enable Bolduc’s band mates to fashion their own solos, affording them all the necessary room to be as spontaneous as they wish to be.
But his story is only beginning, because Rémi has many more projects up his sleeve. In February 2000, he received financial help from FACTOR to produce his second CD "Renaissance" on Effendi. In May 2000, he was awarded a grant to study with the American pianist Keeny Werner. Now that his career is just starting to take off , and when one also considers the talent and the drive that motivates him, he has now taken an important step on the way towards international recognition.
Rémi Bolduc has played with: Marc Johnson, Ben Monder, Jorge Rossy, Michel Legrand, Joe Sullivan, Jeri Brown, Lorraine Desmarais, Moncef Genoud, Sylvain Gagnon, Benoît Charest, Oliver Jones, Andy Milne, René Lussier, Jean Beaudet, Claude Ranger, Bernard Primeau, Vic Vogel, Michel Donato and many more.
Finaly, he has played on more then ten albums in his career.