Lancement à Bathurst, 12 NOV

Lancement à Bathurst, 12 NOV


René, Gilles et Paul!

merci à Jean-Mari Pitre pour le coool video montage!

Merci aussi à Aurèle et Mandine Michaud ET Maurice Arseneau et Constance de nous avoir "feedé" et pour les lits pour le dodo!

Merci au gens de Bathurst et les environs qui sont venus en grand nombre. on vous aime!


Music Nerd review

Music Nerd review

Les Paiens’ Newest Effort, Carte Noire, Birthed In Atypical Fashion

Posted on November 5, 2016 by Ken Kelley 

Given the immeasurable role that improvisation has played in the live show of Moncton jazz-fusion group Les Paiens, it should be little surprise that the group’s latest studio offering, Carte Noire, the release of which is being celebrated at Moncton’s Aberdeen Cultural Centre tonight, was derived from improvisation sessions.

While this isn’t the first time Les Paiens let their creative muse guide them in the process of writing new material – a good portion of their previous works were largely derived in the same fashion – the manner in which they arrived at the end result was new to the group.

“In 2013, when we were in the process of writing material for Carte Blanche, we recorded a few hours of nothing but improvisations,” drummer Jean Surette says. “We revisited the content that hadn’t maade the final cut of our previous record and discovered there was some great content and ideas to be found.”

It was at this point that Producer Andy Creegan entered the picture, having previously worked with the group on Carte Blanche.

“At the outset of hearing the material, I was meticulous about taking notes about what I heard happening and ultimately what caught my ear,” Creegan says. “Listening to those improv sessions, it was evident the band had some fantastic sketches contained within them. My job was to mine that gold and get rid of the stuff that I didn’t feel was necessary until I felt we had the skeletons of something we could dress up.”

Through a collaborative effort with the group, Creegan pieced together snippets of those improvisations until he had a collection of fully-realized songs on his hands.

Surette says that with the exception of a handful of post-production overdubs, including an extended flute solo in the track “Le Coeur qui bat,” Creegan’s work ultimately became the band’s newest record.

Understandably, with almost three years lapsing between the original recordings of the sessions that spawned their newest release and revisiting the material in a whole new context, Surette admits the band had its work cut out for them in preparing for their performance tonight.

“Once we arrived at a finished product in terms of the record, we basically had to go back and learn the material in order to present it live,” he says. “There were times I was curious to see if we would be able to pull it off, given the fact there were some strange, unconventional things happening in those improv sessions.”

Les Paiens’ live performance kicks off at 10 p.m. tonight. Starting at 9, Carte Noire producer Andy Creegan will be sharing insight into the unique manner which the group’s latest record came together.

What: Les Paiens album launch for Carte Noire
When: Saturday Nov. 5, 9 p.m.
Where: Aberdeen Cultural Centre, 140 Botsford St., Moncton

The East Album review

The East Album review


OCTOBER 12, 2016 


from The East

Moncton-based Les Païens are back with ‘Carte Noire’, the aptly named followup to their 2013 album ‘Carte Blanche’. The album, coming out November 5th, embraces the full breadth of Les Païens’self-proclaimed genre of ‘cosmic jazz rock,’ with a sprawling variety of sounds and incredible depth.

While other artists typically save the heavier material for later in the album, Les Païens know what they’re about, opening ‘Carte Noir’ with‘Pas Ton Char’, an upbeat seven minute long jazz rock epic. Constructed from a solid rhythm and a few looping, repetitive tunes and beats, the song progressively evolves, building the different parts upon themselves and cycling them out for variations upon the same core beat while never truly sounding repetitive.

Coming after this strong opening is the more rock-influenced ‘Le Coeur Qui Bat’, another of ‘Carte Noir’s most memorable tracks. Though one of the shortest tracks on the album, Les Païens doesn’t waste their time getting down to business. With celestial synth droning over a catchy, looping guitar riff, a steadily intensifying beat, and French rapping, it’s clear why it was selected to be the album’s promotional single.

While ‘Le Coeur Qui Bat’ is the album’s best single material, ‘Carte Noir’ has quite a few more tracks that really let the ‘rock’ half of Les Païens‘ jazz/rock label shine. For example, ‘DOT-111’ is entirely structured around a mean bass riff and crashing cymbals with electric guitar bouncing back and fourth between wailing solos and free-form improvisation. ‘Scuze Moi…’, another engaging track, is built around jazz horns over top of a heavy rock a drum and bass combo after its intro of choppy, distorted vocals and electronic sound.

On the other end of the spectrum, tracks such as ‘DJ Teddybeans’ or ‘L’Aube Submurgée’ stand out through excellence in their jazzy improvisational work on horn and guitar. Certain tracks go the extra mile to embrace Les Païens cosmic jazz feel, with the trumpet stylings of ‘Ffff’ blending together over ethereal synth and looping vocals and guitar. ‘Non Non Non Oui Non’ is another such track, a prolonged build-up of celestial vocals backed by ambient synth and abstract input from the rest of the band until it breaks down into a free-form mix of bass riffs, electronic noise, and bizarre vocals. Top stamps.

With a diverse array of tracks and the talent to back it up, Les Païenshave put together an exceptional album, Regardless of whether you’re already a fan or are just hearing about them now for the first time, listening to ‘Carte Noire’ is an experience well worth having.

Carte noire - Lancement du 5 nov = epic

Carte noire - Lancement du 5 nov = epic

Le lancement était beyond nos attentes! Merci aux 300+ personnes qui sont venues partager ça avec nous!

Big thanks to all who came out to the launch. Amazing times!

Des mercis! / some thanks are in order


Andrew Creeggan
Réalisateur / Producer / Edit Jedi

George Belliveau
Studio & gear et piscine

Brad Perry
Mix master of the Recordery

Harris Newman
Master master @ Grey Market Mastering

BITS aka Jonah Haché
Graphics on the album and all promo

Caroline Savoie
Merci d'avoir plongé dans notre monde... même si c'était kinda weird.

Marc Arseneau et les Éditions Perce-Neige
Pour les mots!


Distributions Plages


Agence Wade (Véronique Wade et Johannie Theriault)
Distributions Cassiopée


TEAM LANCEMENT (production)

Jonah Haché - Artistic Direction
Bob Stamp - design éclairage
Becky Parsons - Video director
Jamie McEwen - Projections manipulation
Pam Gallant - Camera operator
Sam Magee - Light tech (SSi)
Jerry Boudreau - DJ


Marc “Snake” Landry - Stage overlord and live sound
Eric Cormier
René Leger (Runner de bière)
Bobby Thériault
René poirier


Andy Works (Andrew Creeggan)
Glen Deveau (Païens Alumni)
Richard Daigle
Martin Daigle




Sébastien Michaud
Angélique Gallien
Véronique Wade
Stéphane Turcotte


le Grenier Musique


Joseph “Poirier” Edgar


MERCI Au public qui sont venu en si grand nombre! 

Thanks to all who came! You were ... ALOT!


Photos de: Anne Marie-Parenteau, Jen Doyle, Jerry Boudreau, Yves Theriault, BITS, Caroline Planque

Carte Noire - Launch / Lancement

Carte Noire - Launch / Lancement


Le groupe Les Païens de Moncton lance un neuvième album le 5 novembre prochain au Centre culturel Aberdeen à Moncton dès 22 h. Ils présentent également une série de spectacles dont quatre dans le cadre d’une tournée RADARTS.
Carte noire Le nouvel album du groupe jazz rock instrumental Les Païens, Carte noire, met l’accent sur l’improvisation musicale. Enregistré lors des sessions de l’album Carte blanche en 2013, le nouvel album rassemble une série de créations spontanées. Andrew Creeggan signe la réalisation. Dix pièces à travers lesquelles la formation évoque autant la virtuosité du rock progressif que le chaos contrôlé des musiques électroniques. Le groupe propose chacune de ses cartes de manière à déstabiliser les plus sages et amuser les plus téméraires.

Instrumental Jazz Rock group Les Païens are set to release their 9th album on November 5th at the Aberdeen Cultural Center at 10 p.m. in Moncton. The launch will be part of a Fall tour, bringing the quintet to many locations across New Brunswick; four of which are part of the RADARTS touring network.

Carte Noire, perhaps their boldest release to date, comes from improvisations recorded during the studio sessions for their 2013 album Carte blanche. Andrew Creeggan, who produced the award-winning 2013 recording, also produced this newest project. Throughout the album’s ten tracks, we can hear echoes of progressive rock as well as the controlled chaos of electronic music. Les Païens play each of these cards to unsettle long-time fans and entertain other daredevils.

Survol de notre discographie sur BRBR - TFO

Survol de notre discographie sur BRBR - TFO

Survol de notre discographie sur BRBR - TFO

Jeudi, Novembre 27, 2014

"Depuis vingt ans, le groupe à géométrie variable Les Païens offre à la région de Moncton la mise en musique instrumentale de ses référents. Les cinq membres des Païens ont joué à peu près avec toute l’Acadie au grand complet à titre de musiciens de studio. Mieux encore, la formation fait partie des incontournables de la scène jazz-rock Canadienne, mais ad jazz usque ad prog rock oblige, l’oeuvre du quintette demeure généralement méconnue du public.

Plus qu’un hommage célébrant les noces de porcelaine du groupe, ce texte se veut une brève introduction à une formation incontournable qui pousse son oeuvre vers de nouveaux sommets. Les Païens sont un des piliers de la scène alternative acadienne. Toutefois, étant donné le haut niveau technique du groupe et leur esthétique improvisatrice, le groupe se renouvelle de disque en disque."

Par Jean-Étienne Sheehy