Adventurous and multi-talented, trumpeter Jacques Kuba Séguin is a composer for groups of various formats: Odd Lot, Litania Projekt, or quintet, as for Migrations, his new album to be released in 2019.
Séguin's musical repertoire is by turns melodic, explosive, and accessible. As a performer, he is definitely a showman, and he is recognized as one of the most brilliant trumpeters of his generation.
A winner of the 2012-13 Radio-Canada Revelations prize, Séguin is more and more present on the Quebec stage. In 2015, he was nominated for ADISQ awards in two categories: best arranger and jazz album of the year for L'élévation du point de chute and, in 2016, for Litania Projekt with the Quatuor Bozzini in the same two categories. In 2015, he was nominated for a Prix Opus for jazz album of the year for L'élévation du point de chute, and for jazz and world music concert of the year for his 2014 Montreal International Jazz Festival show, where Jacques presented an expanded version of his Litania Projekt, adding a string quartet to the ensemble.
For more than ten years, Jacques has been regularly touring Europe, especially Poland. In fall 2016, he undertook a 13-concert tour of Poland, Lithuania, and Germany to celebrate the European release of JKS Litania Projekt avec le Quatuor Bozzini by Slovakian jazz label Hevhetia. This same project was later presented in China, Quebec, and the rest of Canada.
He plays regularly with many musicians of the Montreal jazz scene, including Elizabeth Shepherd, Yves Léveillé, Jazzlab, and Philippe Côté. He is also a member of Papagroove, and has accompanied Jean Leloup, Ariane Moffatt, Caïman Fou, Dobacaracol, and Pierre Lapointe, among others. Jacques toured for two years with the Cirque de Soleil's Delirium, performing in 150 cities across the globe.
His discography as composer and bandleader includes five albums, all on the ODD SOUND label, which he founded and runs. As well as producing his albums, Jacques hosts Symphonie en bleu, the ICI Musique Classique radio show that connects classical music and jazz. Finally, he is the artistic director of the Sainte-Cécile instrumental music festival in Poland.