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2015 HONORARY CO-PRESIDENTS

Stephan Eicher

Stephan Eicher
Switzerland

STEPHAN EICHER.
February 28, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve.

Born in 1960 in German-speaking Switzerland, his father a jazz violinist with gypsy roots, Stephan Eicher first appeared on the music scene at 17 as a member of the Noise Boys and of the techno-punk group Grauzone. His first solo album, Les Chansons bleues (1983) brought him immediate success, revealing a unique style dominated by computers and influenced by ’80s electronic music. In 1986, his first hit, Two people in a room, from the album I Tell this Night took him to the Olympia in Paris, where he performed to a sellout crowd. In a 30-plus-year career since, featuring 13 albums in English, French and German, Eicher has leapt off from his early electronica to explore classical (My Place, 1989), world music (1000 vies, 1996), rock (Taxi Europea, 2003) and intimate chanson (Eldorado, 2007). In 1989, the album My Space marked the beginning of his long and fruitful collaboration with author Philippe Djian, who wrote the lyrics to a succession of albums, from the exceedingly celebrated Engelberg (1991) and Carcassonne (1993) to L’envolée, his most recent (2012).

Bobby Bazini

Bobby Bazini

BOBBY BAZINI.
February 26, 8 p.m., Métropolis.

Born in 1989 in Mont-Laurier, Bobby Bazini grew up in a family of country musicians and was encouraged to sing and play guitar. As a teenager, he discovered his grandmother’s record collection and fixated on Johnny Cash, who would become a central influence. Discovered by a local radio host, his stunning voice and songs made waves and impressed major players in the record industry. Success came quickly. He released a debut single, I Wonder, in 2008 a radio hit across Canada. In 2009, the young musician launched Better in Time, a highly-anticipated debut album, certified platinum and awarded a Félix. Five years later, he worked with legendary producer Larry Klein on his 2nd album, Where I Belong, taking him even higher: a chart-topper from day one, the album was certified gold in a single month; the artist took charge of a major outdoor concert on the Place des Festivals during the most recent edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, and has racked up sellout concerts ever since. At just 25, he is the youngest honorary co-president in the history of the festival.

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