Olivier Babaz Trio (from Montreal)

January 9, 2015 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Jazz Room
59 King Street North
Waterloo, ON N2J 2X2

Olivier Babaz

Born and raised in Paris, Olivier started traveling at a very young age in Europe and worldwide. he’s lived mainly in France, Netherlands, Reunion Island and now lives in Montreal since 2010. He graduated from Music Academy International in Nancy and The Centre des Musiques Didier Lockwood. He obtained his first prize in jazz interpretation from Conservatoire National de la Région Réunion where he also studied classical bass. He has a professional master’s Degree in film music writing from The Université du Québec à Montréal.

Olivier had the opportunity to play in numerous festivals and venues (francofolies de Montreal (Canada), Sakifo Music festival (Réunion), Jazz In Marciac (France), Angeradona (Madagascar), jazz a Port au Prince (Haiti), Milatsika festival (mayotte), New morning (Paris). He’s played with  Lionel Loueke, Meddy Gerville, Jeno quartet, Sylvain Ransy, Zong, Jaboticaba, Fabrice Legros, Alain Chan, Alpha Tiam, Luc Joly, Alex Sorres, François Pelletier, Bigouai, Les Jeunes Mariés Zooloo Blues band.

Olivier’s music is difficult to describe. It is subtle and elegant with an African/Word music vibe, sometimes reminiscent of Pat Metheny’s chamber compositions.  Olivier calls his music “New School”. This is quiet, lovely stuff and this concert will appeal to listeners of ECM, Windham Hill, and other crossover labels.

Olivier plays Brubeck’s “Take Five” on the bass and Kimbala

The trio plays “Bim Maloya”