Jasmin Lacasse Roy pays hommage to Montreal’s Mile-End district
in his new album MÉTÉORES
After winning prizes in international classical guitar competitions from Montreal to Hong Kong, classical guitarist Jasmin Lacasse Roy is proud to present his new album titled Météores. Available in stores and on all streaming platforms starting January 27, the recording is an eclectic tribute to Montreal’s famous Mile-End district.
Jasmin Lacasse Roy is an accomplished musician who draws his inspiration from a wide range of sources: from Hendrix to Debussy. In addition to several other awards, he won first prizes at the International Fringe Music Competition of Hong Kong, the Montreal Guitar Grand Prix and the Canadian Music Competition. His style plays with the limits of expectation, reimagining the repertoire in new and surprising ways. As a composer and performer, Jasmin’s work features touches of Glass and Rachmaninoff and his celebration of the classical canon with his sense of commitment to the contemporary only adds to his sense of freedom on stage. His eclectic mix of vintage aesthetics and modern flavours do away with old Edwardian sentiments in favour of imaginative contrasts that evoke a vibrant cosmopolitan scene. His musical aesthetic is a sumptuous combination of ease and activity that invites both attentive listening and immersed contemplation.
The album is a love letter to a neighborhood that inspires him deeply with its relaxed atmosphere imbued with artistic energy. The images and sounds he hears as a resident are woven throughout his musical dialogue with characters, real and imaginary, who inhabit his daily landscape. A dexterous juxtaposition of images and musical ideas come together for an album that sounds like an impressionist painting.
1. While waiting for the golden hour
2. Cast iron rhapsody
4. L’épisodique vague à l’âme de Nosferatu revient le hanter
5. Les aventures du cowboy de la rue Clark à la taverne Mile End
7. Against Elise
8. The nostalgic chronicles of count Rachmanula
9. Mile End Winter
10. Midnight disco lounge