Alain Legault

Montreal-born Alain Legault is essentially self-taught. He began to play the guitar around the age of fifteen and was soon performing the songs of the great French singer songwriters such as Georges Brassens and Félix Leclerc, as well as accompanying many singer-songwriters in Montreal. His passion for East European music was ignited at a Jazzfest in 1997, after which he formed a Klezmer group called Les Gitans Sédentaires, with whom he performed over 200 shows. In 2000 he became the rhythm guitarist in Swing Dynamique, a gypsy jazz music ensemble, which performed at the Montreal International Jazz Festival. At the same time, with his longtime accomplice Mark Peetsma and the clarinetist Airat Ichmouratov, he founded the Klezmer group that was to become Kleztory.