Django Reinhardt Prize winner and French Jazz Musician of the Year Airelle Besson is “a lyrical trumpeter not afraid to tell a story with consonance.” (All About Jazz). Besson’s fi rst band Rocking Chair mixed jazz with pop strains and worked with stellar artists like Kenny Werner, Dave Liebman and Carla Bley. Her duo with French/Brazilian guitarist Nelson Veras blends reflective passages with truly impressive technique, seemingly effortless rhythmic complexities, and stunning melodic inventiveness. The new recording Prelude (NaiÅNve) explores jazzstandards and thrilling original improvisations. This program would not be possible without the support and partnership of the Consulat Général de France à Vancouver (and Ottawa) and Institut Français.