The “digital” Montreal International Festival launched last night, opening with Malika Tirolien, Guadeloupeean Singer/song writer and pianist.
Tirolien has such a beautiful and soothing voice. The music she and her band played was a symphonic glorious mix of world music, digitally mastered by Tirolien and her electronics. What I really loved about her music are how all the influences shine brightly. The Jazz highlights, the R&B, and the popping bass for the Hip Hop kick.
The show was done in a studio setting, which gave it a “TV” kind of feel, but without the studio audience of course. The sound was impeccable being that the show was casted from a studio. One of the perks that come with that.
Be sure to check out the homage to Montreal’s own beloved Oscar Peterson, (as well as other blasts from the Jazz past) on the Festival’s Face book page.Festival’s Face book page.
Tirolien was genuinely happy and thankful to be playing at the festival while noting that it did feel “bizarre.” Her’s is the kind of music that no doubt excels when there is an audience present to feed the good vibes.
None the less, the performance was not hampered by the absence of an audience. Tirolien sang songs in multiple languages, a veritable multicultural artist and multi talented to boot. Keep an eye out for her new album soon to be released!