Guelph Market Square (outdoors)
Guelph Jazz Festival
Saturday, September 7, 2013 – 2:30 p.m.
Montreal trio Bomata plays melodic mainstream jazz – with surprises. Led by Jean Félix Mailloux on double bass, it features a less-usual instrumentation: Guillaume Bourque on clarinet and bass clarinet, and Patrick Graham on drumset and a wide variety of percussion instruments. Ottawa audiences may remember Graham's range of textures from his appearance with Trifolia with Marianne Trudel at the 2013 Ottawa jazz festival, and his earlier collaborations with Jesse Stewart.
Their hour-long concert on the Guelph Jazz Festival's outdoor stage on a Saturday afternoon attracted a reasonably large and quite attentive crowd, who heard eight originals from the trio's two albums. The group showed considerable inventiveness in styles and rhythms, and demonstrated a fine blending of different tonal qualities; the deep notes from Bourque's bass clarinet melded well with Mailloux's full-bodied bass riffs. Graham added an adventurous quality with his frequent shifts among instruments, including an extended solo on kanjira and another on frame drum.
Overall, the trio's warm, all-acoustic sound was a delight to listen to: too interesting to be called mellow, but easily approachable by even peripheral jazz or world music listeners.
This was one of a series of free outdoor concerts run by the Guelph Jazz Festival, running from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturday, September 7. The concerts ranged from cello improvisations to Latin to world rhythms, and featured all Canadian artists, including higher-profile names like Jane Bunnett and Jayme Stone.
– Alayne McGregor
Read more about the 2013 Guelph Jazz Festival:
- Guelph 2013: Hamid Drake & Jesse Stewart share a creative imagination (review)
- Guelph Jazzfest's community-built concert reaches new heights
- Guelph 2013: The Indigo Trio soars and leaves the audience exalted (review)
- Guelph 2013: Espousing music of the moment (review)
- Guelph 2013: Matt Brubeck pushes the cello's boundaries in a solo concert (review)
- Guelph 2013: World Percussion Summit breaks the borders of rhythm (review)
- Jesse Stewart's Gnomon Variations a timely arrival for 20th Guelph Jazzfest
- Guelph Jazz Festival celebrates 20th Anniversary with World Artist Summit Sep 3-8