Luce Bélanger is a Canadian musician with mixed and rich experiences. First trained as a classic pianist, she afterwards decided to pursue her second passion and completed a master in jazz voice at the renowned McGill University, in 2014. She has two albums to her name: Désert blanc (2010) and Géranium (2016). Since 2015, she has been leading her jazz trio as a composer, pianist and singer. The work of the trio has been noticed and appreciated since then though various grants and prizes (creation grant from the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres de Québec in 2015 and from the Conseil des Arts de Montréal in 2019, public prize at the Festi Jazz de Rimouski in 2016). She’s also a member of the a cappella sextet Jazz Affair since 2009. The vocal band has released two albums; Jam (2017) and Wishes (2019) and is performing all around Canada. Though more than ten years of experience in vocal music, Luce has developed a solid expertise in arranging. In parallel to her jazz performing carrer, Luce has also been involved into a variety of projects, working with theatre or danse companies as a composer, musical director or pianist accompanist.
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From classical to jazz, including incursions into the « chanson française » and the Broadway musicals repertoire, Luce Bélanger music is colored just has her various influences. Through time, she developed her own musical signature and she found her own way of expression. She likes to create ambiances and evocative textures, playing with the timbers of instruments and the density of the arrangements. She sees every piece as a little story with its own dramatical line. Lyrical, poetic and organic are three words that could represent her work. And over all, she always pay a particular attention to melodies, influenced by great composers like Michel Legrand and Duke Ellington. Among other important musicians who influenced her and her music, let’s mention Bobby Mc Ferrin, Avishai Cohen and Tigran Hamasyan.
Luce Bélanger moved in Copenhagen in 2018 and is thrilled to discover the Scandinavian jazz scene. In the context of Jazz at the Museum, she could perform in solo, improvising on the piano or on voice only, depending of the context or the specifications of the hall.