Art of the Piano: Andrew Shapiro
Andrew Shapiro is a composer and songwriter who blends his two biggest musical influences: '80s New Wave pop and Philip Glass minimalism.
Shapiro's music is regularly played on radio worldwide and he has been featured in The New Yorker, ABC News, CNN, Gramophone, and Daily Candy. His cinematic piano track Mint Green has proved wildly popular with a Pandora play count of over 6.5 million.
His moody synth-pop debut album, Invisible Days, was chosen as one of the "Top 12" independently produced recordings of 2003 by Performing Songwriter magazine. Shapiro's three solo piano albums, Intimate Casual (2012), Numbers, Colors and People (2009) and Piano 3 (2016) were created with Philip Glass producer Michael Riesman.
Pink Jean Mint Green, a synthpop album featuring a collaboration with acclaimed author Neil Gaiman, is set for release on June 24, 2016.
He writes original music for notable film and theater projects, and his music appears in a wide variety of national and international film and television productions ranging from reality TV to a Clio Award-winning spot for cancer awareness.
Performance highlights include The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.), the Exit Festival (Serbia), TED, Bard College, Joe's Pub, Gracie Mansion, Bargemusic and the Wordless Music Series at Le Poisson Rouge, New York. He was also the subject of an extensive profile in the New York Times entitled "Quarter Pounder With Keys" for his weekly Sunday solo piano performances at McDonald's in downtown Manhattan.
Shapiro is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Raised in Larchmont, NY, he lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn with his wife and son.
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Vokurka's Vicarious Virtuoso Violin
Violinist Ed Vokurka's music is a unique blend of European classicism and North American Swing. He possesses a lyricism rarely found in a jazz violinist. In his eclectic approach to jazz, Ed is uniquely providing a missing link between his original classical training and the jazz world, which he embraces so passionately!
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Friday, October 21st
Friday, October 21st
Richard Whiteman's Slash and Burn Quintet
Toronto native Richard Whiteman is an extremely versatile player, fluent in styles ranging from the stride masters of the twenties, through Bud Powell and Bill Evans, to modern giants like Keith Jarrett and Herbie Hancock. As a leader, he has released five CDs (with a sixth on the way), and has received raves from as far away as Japan, where his “GROOVEYARD” disc was rated one of the Top 500 Jazz Piano Trio records of all time.
For over twenty years, Richard has performed at major Toronto jazz venues, and has also played with orchestras (The Canada Pops Orchestra) and big bands (including The Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra), in new music concerts (Hemispheres Music Projects), classical crossover groups (The Galaxy Trio) and musical theatre (“Forever Plaid”), and at countless “casual” engagements with Canada’s finest jazz musicians. He has also toured Canada with his trio and performed in Brazil, Egypt and San Antonio, Texas.
Some of the stellar musicians Richard has worked with are Don Thompson, Kenny Wheeler, Marcus Belgrave, Pat LaBarbera, Ken Peplowski, Nick Brignola, Ed Bickert, Jane Bunnett and Dutch Django-style star, Tim Kliphuis. As well as leading his own groups, Richard is a member of the The Al Henderson Quintet and is much in demand by vocalists, including John Alcorn, Jackie Richardson, Dee Daniels, Bonnie Brett and Heather Bambrick.
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If asked, Ian White would say that he has been especially drawn to two musical things for as long as he can remember; the sound of an acoustic guitar, and the alchemy that occurs with the combining of well-chosen words with music. And so he took up the guitar, and by the time high school ended, he began writing poetry and songs.
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Saturday, October 22nd
Saturday, October 22nd
Dr. B's Acoustic Medicine Show
Join us for an intimate afternoon of great acoustic music, every Saturday.
We want to create a place for artists, friends, and fans to hang out.
Players Wanted Sign Up starts at 2:00
Come Out to Hear The Great Music
Come out to Meet Your Friends
Come Out to Play Some Tunes
Brian Gladstone has been involved in the Canadian roots music scene for almost thirty-five years as an artist, producer, festival director, and activist – thus brings experience and expertise from all sides of the stage. Growing up during the late 60’s roots revival helped to shape his morals and perspective on life.
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D'Arcy Wickham & Guests
D'Arcy Wickham is a Canadian singer/songwriter whose proficient finger-picked acoustic guitar style has been recognized as one of the best in the country. His deep musical roots have led him to work as a guitar instructor for over three decades, but it wasn't until 2000 that he'd release "Dust and Loneliness," his first solo recording. That track, as well as subsequent contributions to his catalog, illustrated Wickham's impressive knowledge of the inner-workings of folk and blues history that has made him a popular figure amongst Canadian music listeners who favor traditional genres and straight-forward songwriting. Wickham has earned an impressive amount of accolades and awards throughout Canada to complement his illustrious career.
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Sunday, October 23rd
Sunday, October 23rd
Jewish Brunch Buffet with Era Chorna & Nina Shapilsky
Live music as part of the "Bella did you eat" Sunday brunch.
1st seating - Reserve between 10:30 – 11am, music at 11:45
2nd seating - Reserve at 1:15pm Club (1:00 Bistro), music at 1:45
Buffet includes over 50 Homemade Items - Potato latkes, blintzes, lox eggs & onions, challah, french toast, sour cream, apple sauce, bagels, lox & cream cheese mix, salmon patties, gelfilte fish, cheese, salads galore, fresh fruit, cheeses, cakes, sweets, tea, coffee and much more! Children 12 and under 1/2 price, 3 and under free.
Nina Shapilsky is an award-winning concert pianist and composer. A talented and versatile musician and composer with improvisations from classical through folk to pop and jazz.
Multi-talented and Ukraine born Era Chorna is undoubtedly one of Toronto's best. She's travelled all over the world, and her music shows it. She's an award winning singer, ballet dancer, and choreographer, as well as a model. Era has a deep, rich, yet soothing voice that has clear jazz and opera influences, with a voice far beyond and more distinct than her opera house background. She received extensive ballet training from some of Europe's top and most prestigious ballet studios, including the Ukrainian Ballet Academy and the Vienna Ballet Conservatory. Era has performed, and competed, in front of a number of international audiences, including Ukraine, France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Austria, USA, and Canada. Locally, she has performed in places such as the Moscow Nightclub, where she played original russian compositions,contemporary art opening night show, Caddillac Fairview Galla, performing some of her 20 original songs, and the Rondo Nightclub, as the singer of the jazz band Softstream Quintet, at Russian Consulate in New York City as well as the "Millennium" theatre. She has also worked with the Modern Dance Company in Toronto, under choreographer Robert Desrosiers.
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Michael Davidson is a Toronto-based vibraphonist in the improvised, jazz, and creative music scene.
He works with many of the active jazz and improvised music players in Toronto including: David Occhipinti, Nick Fraser, Brodie West, Ryan Driver, Rob Clutton, David French, Harley Card, Andrew Downing, Alex Goodman, Jim Vivian, Darren Sigesmund, Ethan Ardelli, Fabio Ragnelli, Felicity Williams, Dan Fortin, Jon Maharaj, Allison Au, Rebecca Hennessy, David Braid, and Michael Herring.
Michael leads a chamber jazz septet with cello, voice, bass clarinet, vibraphone, alto sax, double bass, and drums, which is his main compositional outlet.
He also co-leads the chamber jazz quartet Hobson's Choice, who in the words of CBC's The Signal host Laurie Brown,
"...has made a unique contribution to the Canadian scene with their debut album (of the waves). Just when I think I have the sound pegged, they switch things up."
Michael approaches improvising with passion and stunning sensitivity, as well as Monk-like wit. He is an active composer in the realm of jazz, and his inventive compositions are featured in The Michael Davidson Septet, and Hobson's Choice.
He has been composing seriously since 2001 and has received funding from The TAC, The OAC, and The CCFTA for his original projects. Recently, Michael composed and recorded a film score for the BravoFact film, "She Sings for Me."
His compositions have received praise from esteemed Canadian jazz drummer/ composer Barry Elmes,
"Not only are his songs creative and well crafted, each one has a story to tell."
Michael is also a devoted educator through his work at Humber College in the jazz program.
You can hear Michael playing around Toronto with The Michael Davidson Septet, Hobson's Choice, Pocket Camera, Monk's Music, The Dan Fortin Quartet, Bedroom, df md df trio, Ben Gunning, and Ryan Driver. These ensembles represent the diversity of Michael's musical interests, spanning from contemporary jazz to chamber to improvised. Both his original material and his interpretation of standard repertoire are evocative and communicative with the intensity of someone who, while madly in love with the tradition, has something new to say.
Noah Pascoe + Special Guests
I write and sing about being alive in the 21st century through simple folk tunes. I worship the likes of Paul Macca, Jack White, Neiler and Jim James. Toronto is where I live and roam. Enjoy these tracks my friends.
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Andrew Downing String Quartet
Andrew Downing (B.Mus. Toronto, M.Mus. Toronto) is a Toronto based double bass player, cellist, composer and bandleader from London, Ontario. He plays primarily in the creative jazz scene in Canada, but also performs classical chamber music, improvised music, folk and roots music, and world music. His teachers include Jack Winn, Dave Young, Don Thompson, Shauna Rolston and Joel Quarrington. As a composer, Andrew has written pieces for Ensemble Meduse, Toca Loca, Runcible Spoon, The Prince George Symphony and The Urban Arts Brass Ensemble and has written arrangements for Patricia O'Callaghan, The Gryphon Trio and The Art of Time Ensemble. Recent projects include arranging and recording the song cycle Easterween with avant singer songwriter John Southworth and writing a concerto for Orchestra London with banjo player Jayme Stone. Andrew leads his own chamber jazz ensemble whose first album Silents features music written for silent film. He has seven albums as a bandleader, including the 2004 album Blow The House Down which won his group Great Uncles of the Revolution a Juno award and an improvised album with guitarist David Tronzo. He is also a member of the David Occhipinti Quartet and the Lina Allemano Four. In addition to the Juno award, he has won a SOCAN award, the Grand Prix de Jazz at the Montreal Jazz Festival, an additional Juno award for work with Zubot and Dawson, and two West Coast Music Awards. Andrew currently teaches double bass, composition and improvisation at the University of Toronto and has taught at Wilfred Laurier University, the Banff Centre's Jazz Workshop and the Creative Music Workshop in Halifax.
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Monday, October 24th
Monday, October 24th
Kenji Omae / Dan Fortin / Nick Fraser
Kenji Omae is a Canadian Jazz saxophonist based in Toronto. He has been described as "a super-articulate viruoso" (Peter Hum-The Ottawa Citizen) and "may be the most exciting tenor saxophonist to emerge in Canada in recent years" (Stuart Broomer-The WholeNote). He has released three albums of original music as a leader; "Story Time" (2015), "Not So Deep" (2011), "Here For Now" (2007). In addition to his own recordings, he is featured as a sideman on over thirty jazz CD's.
From 2003 to 2016, he was based in Seoul, Korea and was employed as a full time instructor of saxophone (Dong-Ah Institute Of Media And Arts and Paek-Che Art College). He was an active contributer to the music scene of Seoul through having done countless performances and extensive teaching . In 2007 he won the first prize in the Jarasum International Jazz Festival competition.
Kenji has a Master of Arts Degree in Jazz Performance from the Aaron Copland School of Music in New York, and is an alumni of the University of Toronto Jazz Studies program.
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Dave Plank hosts Open Stage Mondays
Signup at 7pm.
Every Monday, all artists are welcomed to sign up and share their songs, poetry, prose or comedy act on Toronto's longest-running open stage; local artists, or those visiting Toronto are encouraged to attend. Here are some of the artists who started their careers at the Free Times open stage: Jason Fowler, Jory Nash, Kat Goldman, Ron Sexsmith, Emm Gryner, Laura Fernandez, Sarah Slean, Noah Zacharin, The Lemon Bucket Orkestra.
Toronto-born alto and soprano saxophonist Tara Davidson has performed around the world at such prestigious venues as New York City's Carnegie Hall, the acclaimed North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, the International Jazz Festival in Lima, Peru, and The Kennedy Center, in Washington, D.C.
Davidson has produced three recordings as a leader since 2003 and performed on over twenty recordings as a side person. Davidson's sophomore CD, Code Breaking, was released in the fall of 2006 and featured JUNO award winners, Mike Murley (tenor saxophone) and David Braid (piano). The 2007 JUNO Awards nominated Code Breaking for "Traditional Jazz Album of the Year". In early 2011 Davidson released her third solo disc, View, which showcased her evolution as a composer and improviser.
At the beginning of 2011 Davidson started the Carn Davidson 9 which is a collaborative project between herself and fellow JUNO Award nominated artist, trombonist William Carn. This project is an opportunity for both artists to "re-imagine" their compositions for this nine-piece, chamber jazz instrumentation, shining new perspective on their existing repertoire. The Carn Davidson 9 released their debut recording, Nine, on Toronto's Addo Records in 2012 and it received 3.5 stars from DOWNBEAT magazine.
The European Broadcasting Union singled Davidson out in April 2008 to represent Canada as the lead alto/soprano saxophonist in the European Jazz Orchestra's 3-week 2008 European tour. The group spent three weeks traveling across Denmark, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands performing the music of saxophonist Niels Klein. Over the course of the three-week tour, the band recorded several times for the legendary WDR and an official recording was released in mid-2009.
Davidson's most significant musical influence has been saxophonist Mike Murley with whom she studied for five years. She is a graduate of the prestigious University of Toronto Jazz Performance Program where she studied with other prominent Canadian musicians such as Phil Nimmons, Paul Read, Alex Dean, and Kirk MacDonald.
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Wednesday, October 26th
Wednesday, October 26th
Peter Boyd & Noah Zacharin
Peter Boyd has been a songwriter for over thirty years. Drawing on gospel and blues from Chicago all the way back to the Delta and re-invented upside-down-and-backwards, Peter's songs are a sepia-tinged glimpse into his messy, not-fully-developed soul where faith has as much a chance as folly to send you careening into the abyss.
Peter's new CD 'Beulahland' is garnering great reviews, most recently a rave from Greg Quill in the Toronto Star - "stunning and powerful blues-rooted original songs and astonishing guitar wizardry. Among the best of the year's roots/blues crop."
Noah Zacharin was born in Montreal and resides in Toronto. He was given his first guitar at age 9, wrote his first song at 13, began performing at 14, and is happy to say that he still loves playing music. He has been called "a wonderful songwriter and performer, and stunning guitarist" (Paul Mills, Borealis Records, Producer (Stan Rogers, Oscar Peterson), a "wonderful, adventurous guitarist" (Blues Bytes), "a poet, a songwriter, a singer we have been waiting for" (Penny Lang), "a great guitarist/singer/songwriter...a wonderfully musical player" (Randy Finney, President and Founder Toronto Fingerstyle Guitarist's Association), "in a league of his own" (Brian Gladstone, AD Winterfolk Festival), "one of the best songwriters this country has produced" (the late great Rick Fielding, recording artist, radio host) and "deserving to be mentioned in the same breath with names such as James Taylor and David Wilcox" (Minor 7th).
Zacharin's recordings have garnered praise from fans and critics alike. silence spoken here (1997) was called "an understated classic...musical versatility and lyrical depth" (Xpress-Ottawa); Scene Roots and Blues dubbed aLIVE! (2000) "a real gem"; and a review of crow dark wind (2001) in Minor 7th elicited the following: "like Bruce Cockburn, Ry Cooder, and Bonnie Raitt, Noah Zacharin possesses a virtuoso command of the guitar...world-wise songwriting."
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