Mike Rud, songwriter and veteran Canadian jazz guitarist, has been performing at clubs and festivals in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Edmonton, Vancouver, Victoria, and many other Canadian centers, since 1986. He has shared the stage with jazz luminaries such as Herb Ellis, Kenny Wheeler, Chuck Israels, and Randy Brecker, to name just a few.
But in his new project, Notes on Montréal, Mike is heading out into far broader musical territory. Inspired by the literature of Montréal (Roy, Richer, Tremblay and many others), Mike has written a cycle of music and lyrics focused around that city and its mythic identity. The songs reflect sometimes on characters and scenarios from the literature, other times on broader themes, also drawn from those great books.
This music features the stunning Toronto vocalist Sienna Dahlen, a brilliant Montréal-based rhythm section, and a string quartet! Plus guitar commentaries from Mike.