The Sun Through The Rain (Out Now!)
Steve Bilodeau Trio
Released in June 2017, The Sun Through The Rain is Steve Bilodeau's third album. It is a trio recording featuring saxophonist Richard Garcia and drummer Dor Herskovitz. Recorded at Bop Studios in Boston Massachusetts, The Sun Through The Rain is an album of spontaneous improvisations spanning a wide range of sonic textures from the calm and ethereal to the chaotic and noisy. Art is reflective of life and this album serves as a reminder that through all the chaos, the beauty, the pain, the joy, and the struggle we must try to see the sun through the rain.
In short, The Sun Through The Rain represents Bilodeau's most creative and original work to date. The album is available for purchase on the Steve Bilodeau Music Store.
Steve Bilodeau & Benjamin Von Gutzeit
Released in April 2016, Ascent is Steve Bilodeau's second album. The album consists of duo improvisations featuring Benjamin Von Gutzeit on viola and Bilodeau himself on the guitar and electronics. Recorded in August 2015, Ascent draws much of its inspiration from the location in which it was recorded - the Rocky Mountains of Banff, Alberta. Its ambient textures and free improvisations aim to recreate the experience of being immersed in a wilderness like the Rocky Mountains, from the sight of open skies to the navigation of rocky terrains. In Ascent, Bilodeau puts some of his most creative guitar playing on display.
Steve Bilodeau Group EP
Steve Bilodeau Group
Released in August 2013, the Steve Bilodeau Group EP is Bilodeau's debut album. The group includes Alex Bilodeau on upright bass, Andrew Boudreau on piano, Efa Etoroma Jr. on drums and cymbals, and Bilodeau himself on guitar. In his first album, Bilodeau demonstrates his compositional skills; in fact, all of its tracks are Bilodeau's original compositions. The Steve Bilodeau Group EP is best described as modern jazz with a predominantly dark tone coursing through the entire album.
The album was recorded at Shine Studios in Bilodeau's hometown of Ottawa, Canada.
Live at The Lilypad
Steve Bilodeau Trio
Released in March 2016, Live at The Lilypad is a trio recording that was performed at the LilyPad jazz club in Cambridge Massachusetts. It features Richard Garcia on alto saxophone, Dor Herskovitz on drums, and Bilodeau himself on guitar and electronics. Despite its brevity, the record features a diverse range of musical performances, from original compositions and free improvisations to songs by Ornette Coleman and John Lennon. Most importantly, the Live at the Lilypad performance brought together these three musicians for the first time, which ultimately led to the recording of The Sun Through The Rain - Bilodeau's latest trio album due for release in early 2017.
Billa Joints LIVE
Billa Joints (A.K.A. Steve Bilodeau)
Billa Joints LIVE is a project that began in 2011 at McGill University with the demo recording Billa Joints Volume 1, a live hip-hop project featuring Steve on guitar, Alex Bilodeau on bass and Efa Etoroma Jr. on drums. Having explored electronic music and production for several years since graduation, Steve created a new version of the Billa Joints LIVE band in 2015 to play at his graduation recital at the New England Conservatory of Music. The group performed several compositions that were originally created on a computer, hence the name Billa Joints LIVE. Featuring a greatly expanded line-up - including two singers, a rapper, and pianist/keyboardist - the new Billa Joints LIVE band has a whole new flavour. Steve plans to create an album of this music in the near future but until then, you can listen to some live samples below.
Live at Upstairs
Steve Bilodeau Group
Released in 2011, Live at Upstairs is a collection of original compositions by Steve Bilodeau. It is a live recording that was performed at the Upstairs Jazz Bar and Grill in Montreal, Canada. Although brief, the live recording features compositions that Bilodeau eventually developed into studio versions, including "Lost Walls" and "The Underpass".
For this recording, the Steve Bilodeau Group consists of Alex Bilodeau on upright bass, Efa Etoroma Jr. on drums, and Keenan McCracken on the piano.