Christina Beaudry-Cárdenas is the winner of the 2022 Oliver Jones Award, presented by the Montreal Jazz Festival.
The Montreal-based drummer’s Pizca project is a fusion of jazz and Peruvian music, with a mix of original compositions and arrangements of standards from both musical styles.
Beaudry-Cárdenas is the second person to receive the Oliver Jones Award, after Jacob Do in 2019.
The Oliver Jones Award recognizes young university-level musicians from visible minority or Indigenous communities.
The award was created in honour of legendary jazz pianist Oliver Jones, who was born in the Montreal neighbourhood of Little Burgundy and has made his mark on both the history of the Montreal Jazz Festival and the legacy of jazz in Canada.
Following a pre-selection by university teachers, candidates submitted an application that included audio and video files to jury members, who then selected the winner. The jury comprised musicians, professors and music professionals.
Along with this prize, Beaudry-Cárdenas also takes home a $5,000 Stingray Rising Stars award. Created in 1998, the Stingray Rising Stars program aims to discover, encourage and promote young Canadian music talent.
The 42nd edition of the Montreal Jazz Festival will take place from June 30 to July 9 in the Quartier des spectacles.