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Gagnon, Sylvain


Gagnon, Sylvain, bassist, composer; b. Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 9 May 1961. In 1975, Sylvain started playing electric bass. He studied with Rene Worst in Vancouver and attended a workshop with Charlie Haden in Boulder, Colorado. In 1981, he devoted his time to study classical bass with Dennis James of the Montreal Symphonic Orchestra. In 1986, he went to study in Paris at the CIM, then the most important European jazz school. He accompanied, during workshops, many well-known artists such as Tal Farlow, Ed Thigpen and David Liebman. From 1990 and 1992, he took lessons with Don Thompson, John Patitucci, and Dave Holland.

Many times grant holder of the Arts Council of Canada and from the Ministry of Cultural Affairs of Quebec, Sylvain won an honorable mention at the Jazz Alcan competition in 1992 for the quality of his playing and for his compositions. From1989 to 1991 and in 1995, he was the host bassist of the jam sessions of the Montreal International Jazz Festival. There, many great musicians such as Joshua Redman, Benny Carter, Julian Joseph, Georges Arvanitas, Michel Petrucianni, Gary Barton, David Benoit, Ed Thigpen, and Barry Altshull appreciated his playing. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation chose Sylvain to represent Canada for a series of international events in Europe where they get to perform in live concerts broadcast through Europe and Canada.

In October 1994, Sylvain started a musical collaboration with pianist Joey Calerazzo that took them to many jazz festivals, radio recordings and a magnificent CD recording with drummer Jeff Tain Watts that reached 12th position on the US radio jazz charts. In 1996, he launched Simply Music with Joey Calderazzo and Jeff "Tain" Watts, both from Branford Marsalis and Michael Brecker's groups. This same year, he participated at the recording of many CDs and tours that took him twice to Asia and three times to Europe. A 75 minutes TV program is dedicated to him and is regularly broadcasted in Canada and in France. His quartet does a tour of the Canadian's major jazz festivals during the summer of 1997.

In 1997, 1998 and 1999, he recorded over 30 albums as a producer and/or as a musician and did about 15 tours in Asia, Europe, North America and in the Caribbean. His record label, Disques Lost Chart Records, is dedicated to the production of top quality jazz CDs. His label World Chart, is dedicated to top world music projects. Finally, Lost Chart Agency promotes local and foreign musicians internationally, especially in five star hotels of Asia.

Considered as one of the most prolific Canadian bass player, Sylvain Gagnon has extensive international touring and recording experience. He is a virtuoso of jazz bass playing and has experience in music from many continents and styles ranging from rock to standard jazz, from Carnatic (classical music from South India) to African music, from funk to Latin music, from solo to big band. He is a good music reader, can accompany any kind of artist with a minimum or no preparation, thanks to his professionalism and great versatility. His technical abilities and great musical sense have helped him build a strong reputation as a leader.

He has played on over 70 jingles, 10 movie soundtracks, toured internationally with his own band and many internationally acclaimed musicians. He also appeared in many movies, teleseries and talk shows as a musician.

Recordings:
Crepuscle; Readers Of The Lost Chart; Calderazzo/Watta/Gagnon: Simply Music; New Friends (with O.S. Arun)
As sideperson:
Moncef Genoud: 3 Faces; Charito: A Time For Love, To The Beat Of Your Heart; Martin Nasturica & Friernds; Daniel Lavoie: Bebe Dragon 1, Bebe Dragon 2; Danny Christianson Big Band: Shark Bait; Claud Gauthier: Planete Coeur; Thierry Sechan: Tu Seras Comme Le Ciel; Leandre: Strange Eyes & Java Jive; Luc Hamel: Beluga; Helmut Lipsky: Moontide; Chuss: Pensando En Ti; Albums with Choy Kom, Leon Lai, Sammi, So Wing Hong, George Lam, Swing, Yang Xiao-Lin

Radio, TV and Video appearances:
William So: So Good Live At City Hall 2000
Luc Hamel Quartet: Beluga 1995
Sylvain Gagnon Quartet: Notre Dame En Fete 1995
Sylvain Gagnon Quartet: Jazz Au Lion D'OR 1996

Contact information:
Flat 13E, Elegance Court, Hill Grove Village
5 Discovery Road, Discovery Bay, Lantau Island
Hong Kong SAR
Tel/fax: 852-2987-1841
mobile: 852-6020-6495,
Fax: 1-419-730-6295
email: sylvaing@netvigator.com
web site: www.sylvaingagnon.net

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