Montréal Guitare Trio (MG3)
Described by the CBC as the “hottest” guitar ensemble in Canada, MG3 has quickly established itself as a force to be reckoned with, as well as an interactive force in various musical forms. For now 25 years, the trio’s virtuosity,...
Described by the CBC as the “hottest” guitar ensemble in Canada, MG3 has quickly established itself as a force to be reckoned with, as well as an interactive force in various musical forms. For now 25 years, the trio’s virtuosity, rigour, creativity and impressive stage presence — where humour and interacting with the public go hand in hand — have been winning over audiences around the world. The trio, composed of guitarists Marc Morin, Glenn Lévesque and Sébastien Deshaies, has given hundreds of concerts in some of the most prestigious venues across North America, Europe, New Zealand and Australia, including the the legendary Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Rundetårnet in Copenhagen and the BB King Blues Club in New York City.
Throughout the years, the trio has collaborated and shared the stage with world-renowned ensembles and artists, such as the Orchestre symphonique de Québec, Jorane et Solorazaf. Their most memorable collaboration to date was, without a doubt, with the California Guitar Trio (CGT), when both ensembles joined forces to give an unforgettable concert, brilliantly performing some of the greatest rock classics from The Beatles, Radiohead, David Bowie, a few “spaghetti western” themes by Ennio Morricone, as well as some of their original compositions. Starting in the fall of 2010, the sextet has toured across Canada and the United States, performing in over 100 cities.
Winner of the 2011 Opus Award for “concert of the year” in the Jazz & World Music category, MG3 has released six albums, including Der Prinz on Analekta label, which earned him a nomination at ADISQ 2014 for the “Instrumental Album” of the year. In January 2017, the trio launches its 7th album Danzas at the Théâtre Outremont in Montréal, which pays tribute to the great composers of Spanish music, including Paco de Lucia and Manuel de Falla.
In May 2019, MG3 and CGT launched their 2nd opus In a Landscape at One World Theater in Austin, Texas. This album crowned ten years of musical collaboration between the two trios.
The Montreal Trio’s guitars know no limits. They journey along with brio from jazz to classical music, from India to Canada. The Ussac Church has been swept away on the thunder of their strings!
[…] they delivered loads of infectious good humour and some solid ensemble playing that skirted the four corners of the musical world.
Quel concert inusité et à couper le souffle […]
If there has ever been a more rapturous reception to a set than the one which greeted the Montreal Guitar Trio’s first number, their take on El Paso, then I have not witnessed it. They created an instant, electrifying atmosphere which the band sustained throughout the evening, building again and again on the energy of the audience. There were whoops, whistles and a thundering applause which did not seem to lessen in intensity as the repertoire progressed. Indeed, not many performers can cause members of the audience to stand up to applause the first number.