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Francois Bourassa Quartet and Adam Fairhall

November 2, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Efpi Records present: Canadian – UK piano night

with François Bourassa Quartet and Adam Fairhall

An evening of contemporary jazz piano music, featuring critically acclaimed pianist and improviser Adam Fairhall and the award-winning François Bourassa Quartet from Montréal. Expect to discover new sounds from Manchester and across the Atlantic, but also jazz tradition, in the intimate ambience of Cross Street Chapel.

Tickets on the door for a donation (one Bank of England note)

7:00 pm doors

7:30 pm music

9:30 pm ends

François Bourassa Quartet

Over three decades, François Bourassa has built many musical mansions. As pianist, composer and bandleader, he long ago became an international example of Canada’s contemporary jazz scene. A model of both consistency and evolution, he continues to challenge himself, his talented musical partners and his ever-widening community of listeners. On Number 9, François Bourassa’s ninth album of original music for his own band, the Montreal-born pianist and empathic colleagues allude to formative influences, serendipitous encounters and places from his past. Sensuous imagination supported by sterling technique, François here empowers his musicians to embark on an adventure-strewn, winding road that tours vistas and waysides of a collective mindscape, strikingly different at every go ’round, each listen. 

Howard Mandel, 2017

a wondrous piece of work …it’s thoroughly refreshing to hear music that forces players to stretch to the limit.” Steve Swallow & Carla Bley

They sound great as a unit, phrase firmly and make each note count while following the rigorous terrain that Bourassa has constructed.” Mike Hobart, Financial Times

Line Up

François Bourassa – piano

André Leroux – saxophones, flute, clarinet

Guy Boisvert – double bass

Guillaume Pilote – drums



Adam Fairhall

Adam Fairhall has forged an international reputation as a jazz pianist and improviser of exceptional versatility. Based near Manchester, and highly active on that city’s burgeoning creative music scene, he is perhaps best known as the pianist in Nat Birchall’s Coltrane-inspired band, and as a free improviser with such acclaimed groups as The Spirit Farm. Adam’s solo playing draws on his “compendious knowledge” (Jazzwise) of the jazz tradition, from ragtime to free, to produce music in which ancient idioms cross-pollinate with contemporary approaches. His solo album Friendly Ghosts (Efpi), which includes playful re-workings of rags and stomps alongside fierce abstraction, was released in 2017 to Radio 3 airplay and acclaim from The Wire, Jazzwise and All About Jazz. Adam’s solo concerts often involve the use of unusual mechanical keyboards from his extensive collection, and for this Manchester gig he will be bringing an Indian harmonium to supplement his piano playing.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/seZivy7OdAE

A hugely accomplished instrumentalist” – The Wire

Adam Fairhall is a total star” – Independent on Sunday

Efpi Records

Based in Manchester and run by Beats & Pieces Big Band leader Ben Cottrell, Efpi is both an independent record label and an umbrella organisation working to promote the activities of an emerging generation of musicians working across all areas of contemporary jazz, improvised and experimental music. Formed in 2009 by Ben alongside fellow Manchester musicians Sam Andreae and Anton Hunter to bring together their various projects under a single banner, Efpi quickly expanded from its Manchester roots and now works closely with an ever growing number of musicians living and working all over Europe. Other Efpi artists include Beats & Pieces Big Band, Anton Hunter, Let Spin, Paradox Ensemble, Madwort Saxophone Quartet, Trio Riot and Silence Blossoms.



November 2, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm