Auguste Quartet is another wonderful chapter of Modern Jazz. Its founder, composer bass player Alain Bédard from Quebec, is also the co-founder of Effendi Records, a label which ranks among the most important jazz labels in Canada active since 1999 and has published 144 albums. Since 1997, Auguste Quartet has played in Canada, Europe, Mexico, Japan and USA and has given over 300 concerts in the best jazz festivals, jazz clubs and renowned concert halls including the L'Astral in Montreal, the Casa del Jazz in Rome, the Jazz at the Lincoln Center and Flushing Town Hall in New York, the Blue Note in Milan, the New Morning, the Café de la Danse in Paris, the Budapest Music Center and in several cultural centers through the planet. It has recorded to date five albums hyper complimented Canada and abroad. Today, underlining its 20th anniversary, the group offers the new "Circum Continuum" album. The bandleader Alain Bédard began his professional career in the 1980s. His participation in various major events around the world provides a fascinating experience. With a dancing alongside Martinique dancer Josianne Antourel, the classic with Marc Denis at the University of Quebec in Montreal and violinist Martin Foster (leader of the UQAM Chamber Music Orchestra) and jazz with a variety of groups in Quebec and international artists including Jazzlab Orchestra, André Leroux, François Bourassa, Frank Lozano, Pierre Tanguay, Michel Côté, Donny McCaslin, Stéphane Belmondo, Julien Loureau, Ted Nash and Pascal Shumacher, Alain Bédard continues an interesting career with his own jazz quartet Auguste. Besides, Alain Bédard is the artistic director and musician of Jazzlab Orchestra, which was founded in 2003 and recognized as one of the leading bands of Canadian jazz. He is also the artistic director of Fest Jazz en Rafale established in 2001.
*Auguste Quartet is supported for concerts and tours by Effendi Records, Musicaction (government of Canada) and SODEC(government of Quebec).