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  • Bourne With Benoit Charest on Ten Years of "Belleville"

    July 6, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Composer Benoit Charest talks with WBGO's Michael Bourne about the celebration at the Festival International du Jazz de Montreal of the tenth anniversary of the animated film "Les Triplettes de Belleville," whose Oscar-nominated score he composed. Enjoy!

    To read Bourne's concert review and see pictures, click here.

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  • Bourne in Montreal With Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola

    July 6, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Guitarist Charlie Hunter talks with WBGO's Michael Bourne about his duo performances with drummer Scott Amendola at the Festival International du Jazz de Montreal. Enjoy!

    Photo by David Tallacksen
    Photo by David Tallacksen

  • Bourne's Montreal: Les Triplettes De Belleville Ride Again

    July 6, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Ten years ago, the song that won an Oscar came from -- I forget which movie in "The Lord of The Rings" trilogy. I also have forgotten the song that won, and 3 of the other nominees.

    Photo by Frederic Menard-Aubin
    Benoit Charest by Frederic Menard-Aubin

    I do remember, with great delight, a song that lost but stole our hearts on the Oscars telecast: composer Benoit Charest playing "Belleville Rendezvous" from The Triplets of Belleville, an animated and quite surreal adventure about a grandmother and three other old ladies.

    To hear Bourne's interview with Charest at FIJM 2013, click here.

    Photo by Frederic Menard-Aubin
    Photo by Frederic Menard-Aubin

    The triplets don't look alike, except they're all grey and goofy, rescue a grandson -- a bicycle racer abducted by gangsters. Charest performed at the Oscars with the magnificent singer Beatrice Bonifassi and a band that included a percussively played-upon upended bicycle.

    Photo by Frederic Menard-Aubin
    Photo by Frederic Menard-Aubin

    To celebrate the triplet's 10th anniversary, Charest returned to perform the soundtrack music live with a screening of the timelessly weird and enchanting movie.

    Photo by Frederique Menard-Aubin
    Photo by Frederique Menard-Aubin

    Charest's "Terrible Orchestre de Belleville" was having as much of a hoot as the audience, complete with a drummer in drag.

    And a bicycle. Upended.

    Photo by Frederic Menard-Aubin
    Photo by Frederic Menard-Aubin