From Montreal, Canada, Karine Chapdelaine began her professional career on the cruise ship circuit, only to return home where she earned the degree Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance at McGill University. As a member of the world-renowned McGill University Jazz Orchestra, she performed at the International Association for Jazz Education’s annual conference in New York City, at the San Miguel de Allende International Jazz Festival in Mexico, and concerts in Mexico City.
In January 2001, Karine was selected as bassist for IAJE's Sisters in Jazz All-Star Collegiate Sextet. The ensemble’s debut performance took place in New York City where they opened for Manhattan Transfer and the Maria Schneider Orchestra. A three weeks tour of Europe followed, taking the 2001 Sisters in Jazz to various international jazz festivals in Finland, Spain, Holland, Turkey, France and Austria. The group opened for the Brecker Brothers, Kenny Barron and Regina Carter, and were later invited to perform at both the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival and on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, in Washington DC.
In April 2002, Karine co-founded the Canadian jazz quartet Without Words. Attracting interest from several festival promoters, the group was invited to perform in Peru (2002) and played a two weeks tour of Brazil (2004). Without Words has also graced the stages of numerous Canadian Jazz festivals at the Montreal International Jazz festival, Rimouski International Jazz Festival, Port Hope Jazz Festival and Brandon Jazz Festival. The group has also been featured on four CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) broadcasts, which featured some of Karine's original music.
Following this journey, Karine accompanied various artists such as Samina, Nanette Workman, Lulu Hughes, Laurence Jalbert and performed at the Montreal Festi Blues, the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, the Mont-Tremblant Film Festival and the Lanaudiere Music Festival in Canada.
In 2003 the Montreal International Jazz Festival awarded Karine the Galazie Prize for best original composition in its Rising Star Competition. In 2006, they gave her a spot on the General Motor Scene with her group Karine Chapdelaine & the Sketches and later, at the Metropolis.
You can hear Karine on different radio shows and on CDs with Creature, Sara Renelik, Christine Tassan et les Imposteures, the McGill Jazz Orchestra, Les Jongleurs de la Mandragore, CBC Jazz Legends, and with her group, Karine Chapdelaine & the Sketches and Karine Chapdelaine & Chapcats.
In 2007, Karine held a spot at the CBC concert "Quand on jazz, on a toujours 20 ans" with Oliver Jones, performed at the Carnegie Hall in New York with Paquito D'Rivera, and received master classes by the her idol, George Mraz.
Later, she returned to school to earn a double master degree in Performance and Music Education. During her time at Howard University, in Washington DC, she performed in Japan and in Cameroon, share the stage with Vernice “Bunky” Green, Cecil Bridgewater and the legendary McCoy Tyner. This historical American time allowed her to perform for Barack Obama inauguration ball and played at the Kennedy Center Christmas concert with Marvin Hamlisch.