Originally from Saint-Cyrille-de-Wendover, Quebec, Marie-Pier Houle moved to Montreal to complete a BFA with a Specialisation in Jazz Studies at Concordia University. With soloist, chamber musician and improviser Guy Pelletier as her flute teacher, she studied jazz, classical, contemporary and world music. During her time in Montreal, Marie-Pier has had the opportunity to play with a variety of artists, and has been playing with Ainsley McNeaney for three years, developing her skills beyond the flute as a singer, percussionist and multi-instrumentalist. Alongside her musical path, Marie also developed an interest in education, which led her to obtain a Bachelor of Music Education at UQAM, so that she can continue to share her knowledge and passion for music.
Nick Lavigne is a bassist and composer living and working in Montreal, collaborating with various indie/folk bands as a performer and arranger. Originally from Saint John, NB, Nick moved to Montreal after completing a Bachelors of Music in Jazz Studies and Performance at St Francis Xavier University, with a focus on improvisation, composition and arranging. Since moving to Montreal, he has performed with Ainsley McNeaney, The Bawdy Electric, Teen Sleuth, Valleymakers, various jazz groups and solo artists, and on numerous recording projects. In addition to performing, Nick is also an active composer, writing contemporary, cross-genre chamber music, musical arrangements for various Montreal artists, and music for film.
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Montreal native Matthew Mignogna is an active freelance musician, composer and teacher. He is an experienced guitarist whose passion for his instrument and his interest in varied genres led him to become a versatile musician, with styles range from jazz, blues, rock and everything in between. Matthew holds a Bachelor’s Degree with Distinction in Jazz Studies from Concordia University, where he studied with some of the most respected musicians and educators in Montreal such as Charles Ellison, Gary Schwartz, Michael Berard, Roddy Ellias and Yaron Ross. Matthew has performed at The Montreal International Jazz Festival, Café Campus, Cabaret Mile End, Upstairs Jazz Bar and many other venues in and around Montreal and Toronto.
Pierre grew up in Ottawa where he studied classical guitar from a young age. He dabbled with his secret love, the drum set, throughout high school, and by the time he hit university there was no turning back. He moved to Montreal to study jazz drums at Concordia, where he has had the honour of studying with a handful of local jazz legends, including Charles Elison, Chris McCann and Dave Laing. Since then, he's been playing with a variety of jazz and indie pop bands, and is very excited to be a part of Ainsley's project! He is also passionate about fitness and martial arts, recently earned his black belt in shotokan karate, and has begun training in brazilian jiu-jitsu.