Christine Jensen/Maggi Olin “Transatlantic Conversations” (Montreal and Sweden)

October 8, 2016 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Christine Jensen

“an original voice on the international jazz scene… [and] one of Canada’s most compelling composers,” -
Mark Miller, Globe and Mail.

“Jensen writes in three dimensions, with a quiet kind of authority that makes the many elements cohere. Wayne Shorter, Maria Schneider and Kenny Wheeler come to mind.” - Downbeat Magazine

Multiple Juno Award winner Christine Jensen was born in Sechelt, British Columbia, in 1970, growing up in Nanaimo among some of Canada’s finest musicians, including Phil Dwyer, Diana Krall, blues guitarist, David Gogo,
and her sister Ingrid. Her pianist/mother raised her daughters on music, exposing them to
everything from Chopin to Broadway to Big Bands.

Christine  took up roots, leaving Nanaimo for Montreal to get her first degree from McGill University
in jazz performance in 1994. She followed this up by completing her Master’s in Jazz Performance
in 2006. Christine has honed her skills as a saxophonist under the tutelage of an impressive list
of leading musicians including Pat La Barbera, Kenny Werner, Jim McNeely, Remi Bolduc, Dick
Oatts and Steve Wilson.

As an adjudicator, clinician, and instructor at McGill, she is influencing the next generation of
composers and players.  In her travels abroad, she has shared her love of music and invaluable
experience with young jazz enthusiasts around the world, from Norway to Peru, Turkey to Montreal,
and back home on the West Coast. She has always been active in jazz education, leading clinics
and workshops and adjudicating.

Over the years, she has collaborated with a diverse array of musicians, including Geoffrey Keezer,
Lenny, Pickett, Brad Turner, Karl Jannuska, François Théberge, Gary Versace, Donny McCaslin
Steve Amirault, Franck Amsallem, in addition to her long-term musical relationships with sister
Ingrid and partner, saxophonist-composer Joel Miller.

Transatlantic Conversations is a collaboration between Christine and one of Sweden’s most compelling modern jazz pianists and composers, Maggi Olin.  Jensen and Olin will be presenting their compositions with lyrics,  featuring cutting-edge Swedish vocalist Sofie Norling. They premiered Transatlantic Conversations with a tour of Sweden in 2013, and are excited to present the same music with this Canadian East Coast tour. They will be collaborating with the propulsive  Montreal rhythm section of Greg Ritchie on drums and Adrian Vedady on acoustic bass.

Maggi Olin: piano

Christine Jensen: alto and soprano saxophones

Sofie Norling: voice

Adrian Vedady: acoustic bass

Greg Ritchie: drums

Here is the Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra in Germany