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Pawa Up First

"The Montreal instrumentalists ambitiously amalgamate Crimson-hued prognostications, spaghetti cinematica, nimble jazz geometry and nebular guitar gushes—often all at once, to both impressive and oppressive effect. They lock into powerful stretches often enough on their drama-drenched third album” Mirror

Nearly four years have passed since Pawa Up First’s last album. Musicians, Serge Nakauchi Pelletier (guitars), Mathieu Pontbriand (bass), Joseph Perrault (drums and percussions) and Sandy Belfort (keyboards), reappear today with a fourth album titled Missing Time. An enchanting and enigmatic space-time in which Pawa Up First unveils a little more, elaborating on the complexity of memories and on the experiences, sometimes inexplicable, that unite us. Missing Time is also a continuum, a dialogue between images and music investigated by the group since its inception, a deep, poetic universe, colourful and distinct with a powerful narrative evocative.

The fourth album is the result of meetings, exchanges and dialogues. Multiple explorations marked by complicity which illustrate the unclassifiable and unique world of the group. Songs such as Charlotte, Visitors, Kntkt, Teru Teru Bozu, and The Listeners carry us away towards a mysterious world where reality and dreamland meet, referring to the memory that sometimes eludes us, to the nostalgia and the passing of time.

Pawa Up First’s sound signature, frequently described as cinematic, is as much driven by those of Phillip Glass, Ennio Morricone, Angelo Badalamenti, Riyuichi Sakamoto, than inspired by jazz, hip-hop, experimental rock, electro and shoegaze. On stage, the quartet continues its creative process with the exploration and experimentation of images at the service of music, which includes video projections on stage, mostly self-produced. The musicians take us on a journey into the depths of the unknown, towards the infinity of possibilities.


• 2004: Birth of Pawa Up First and release of The Scenario under the label Dare To Care Records

• 2006: Release of Introducing New Details (DTC), directed by Sébastien Blais-Montpetit (Patrick Watson, Radio Radio, Champion, etc.) Including collaborations with artists D-Shade (Shades of Culture), Belle Humble (UK), Sheba (Gatineau) and Julien Sagot (Karkwa)

• 2007:
o Canadian tours including participation at Montreal’s International Jazz Festival, the Quebec City Summer Festival and Osheaga
o Showcase at SXSW (Texas)
o On tour with Karkwa in France
o ADISQ nominations in the categories of "Best Instrumental Album" and "Best Arranger"

• 2008:
o European release of an album featuring the best titles of the first two albums with Bassophone, subsidiary of MVS
o Participation in the Emerging Music Festival of Abitibi-Témiscamingue (FME)
o Tour with IDEM (Jarring Effects) in France

• 2009: Release of album The Outcome, featuring Boogat and D-Shade

• 2010:
o Canadian tour, notably performances at Osheaga, Rimouski Jazz Fest, FME
o ADISQ nominations in the "Instrumental Album of the Year" category

• 2011: Excerpt from Big Freeze (Introducing New Details) in the movie Café de Flore directed by Jean-Marc Vallée

• 2013: Release of their fourth album Missing Time

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Publishing: Roseline Rousseau-Gagnon


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Pawa Up First - Missing Time

Pawa Up First - The Outcome

Pawa Up First - Introducing New Details

Pawa Up First - The Scenario