Huguette Lavigne gets inside your head with the title-track single and video from her latest album Jazzed Up Dreams — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
The Ottawa pianist’s fourth full-length, Jazzed Up Dreams takes us on a musical journey through a beautiful composition, as we hear her piano keys speaking to us, expanding our minds to infinite possibilities. This free-flowing ensemble is created with an open mind, which allows us to feel that energy in the same light.
Huguette does not fully write down her music, rather, she relies on her shorthand to summons her memory recall for future performances. The final piece is then impressively stored entirely in her head and fingers. Once her composition is recorded, she then moves onto the next score.
“Somehow and unexpectedly, a style, theme, mood, emotion, or vision is released from the deep recesses of memory,” she explains. It’s a place where the subjective is stored and it surprises me when it lets something loose. Then, I either capture it, or let it go. Perhaps, that’s where the music originates.”
Lavigne’s new album kicks off with five jazz pieces that include riffs and hypnotic melodies that are created from a truly inspirational and improvisational state of mind. When asked to define where her style on the jazz spectrum resides, the talented composer says she would classify it as “eclectic.”
About Jazzed Up Dreams, she says, “As the music carries you toward a landscape of musical notes, your consciousness floats through a series of dream-like scenes. No need to attach any deep meaning; just like jazz, it flows freely.”
Lavigne was brought up in a milieu of three Canadian cultures: Franco Ontarian, Quebecois and English Canadian. She studied composition at McGill University and piano at l’universite de Montreal. Her music has been influenced by elements of neo-classicism, neo-romanticism, minimalism, jazz, folk and classical music from India, allowing her to produce a unique musical fusion all her own.
Watch the video for Jazzed Up Dreams above, listen to the album below, and find Huguette Lavigne at her website, Twitter, Facebook and TikTok.