Christine Tassan was born in France, but emigrated to Quebec in 1994. Her musical migration led from her first love, singing, through classical guitar and songwriting before bringing her to a serious study of Swing guitar à la Django. You can recognize and enjoy all these influences in the music she now makes with Christine Tassan et les Imposteures, with whom she shared the mainstage at the 2014 Festival Django Reinhardt in Samois.
Of the 14 songs on their disc, C’est l’heure de l’apéro, Christine wrote or co-wrote fully half. The four women who make up the troupe are all vocalists (as well as instrumentalists) and their tight, sophisticated vocal arrangements bring a welcome balance to a tradition heavily tilted toward men and things with strings. The creativity that goes into their recording projects is equally refreshing: their 2016 release, Entre Félix et Django, combines the poetry of Québécois Félix Leclerc with the music of Django Reinhardt and earned them the “Best jazz album of the year” at the Opus Awards in 2017.
A mini-album called Django & Friends, released in 2017, followed a similar formula, this time blending Django compositions with those of great American composers. Here they pair “Sing, Sing, Sing” with “Douce Ambiance.”
Christine first joined our guitar staff in 2013 and has received rave reviews by the only critics whose opinions matter: the many students who have worked with her. They appreciate her patience, her preparation and the self-evident pleasure she takes in sharing her knowledge with them. She put together a fun montage documenting that first year she was on our staff, which we’ll post below. Since that visit she has offered us many more memorable moments in lessons, jams and discussions. There are more to be made—your own!