Solo Piano Double Series
Our “Solo Piano Double” series is an intriguing concept in that each artist will give a 45 minute set – they will not likely be sharing the piano stool and dueting, although that is possible but not requested! We are offering a wonderful incentive to pick four concerts and pay for just three. It all comes down to great playing, open minds and the spirit of discovery.
Jenie Thai & Hilario Durán • Tuesday, July 3
Daniela Nardi & Jeremy Ledbetter • Wednesday, July 11
Suba Sankaran & Robi Botos • Tuesday, July 17
Elizabeth Shepherd & Aaron Davis • Tuesday, July 24
Marilyn Lerner & Lance Anderson • Tuesday, July 31
Laura Fernandez & Bob Wiseman • Wednesday, August 8
Treasa Levasseur & Jesse Whiteley • Monday, August 13
Sarah Hagen & Tyler Yarema • Tuesday, August 21
Solo Piano Double with Jenie Thai & Hilario Durán
The first in the series, pairs two very different and exceedingly talented artists - blues and soul, effervescent up and comer Jenie Thai and multi-award winning Cuban-Canadian Hilario Durán who studied at the Amadeo Roldan Music Institute in Havana and is considered an unparalleled composer/arranger of the first order.
Wednesday, July 11
Solo Piano Double with Daniela Nardi & Jeremy Ledbetter
Then, on Wednesday, July 11, we present Daniela Nardi who at five years old began studying at the Royal Conservatory, is primarily jazz influenced and Jeremy Ledbetter, an engaging and fiery performer whose music knows no boundaries will share the stage with their distinctive styles.
Tuesday, July 17
Solo Piano Double with Suba Sankaran & Robi Botos
Tuesday, July 17 we welcome another seemingly unlikely pairing - Musician, composer, educator and choral director Suba Sankaran who is perhaps best known as founder of Autorickshaw and Hungarian-Canadian musician and composer, Robi Botos. Robi was the TDGrand Jazz Award recipient at the 2012 Montreal International Jazz Festival.
Tuesday, July 24
Solo Piano Double Elizabeth Shepherd & Aaron Davis
Tuesday, July 24 we welcome another amazing pair of artists, Elizabeth Shepherd, whose debut album Start To Move was voted one of the best jazz CDs of the year by the listeners of highly regarded BBC Radio Worldwide’s Gilles Peterson Show. She is a jazz virtuoso with pop sensibilities & Aaron Davis. Aaron is an eclectic, first call composer/arranger and keyboardist in this country. He is a founding member of the Holly Cole Trio.
Tuesday, July 31
Solo Piano Double with Marilyn Lerner & Lance Anderson
The last Tuesday in July - the 31st - on paper this perhaps seems the most unlikely pairing - Marilyn Lerner, originally from Montreal is an exhilarating jazz pianist and improviser & Lance Anderson who trained as a classical composer is a marvelous pianist and B3 player. He is revered in jazz/blues and r&b. but really when it comes to amazing piano players - anything goes.
Wednesday, August 8
Solo Piano Double with Laura Fernandez & Bob Wiseman
Wednesday, August 8 promises to be a wonderfully eclectic evening. Laura Fernandez who hosts Café Latino on Jazz.FM91 was born in Madrid, raised in Switzerland and Alberta and now lives in Toronto is paired with the wildly creative and free-spirited Bob Wiseman (ex-Blue Rodeo) who is a film composer, songwriter and a music teacher.
Monday, August 13
Solo Piano Double with Treasa Levasseur & Jesse Whiteley
Monday, August 13 will feature two of the most creative songwriters from the songwriter-blues world - Winnipeg-born North Bay raised, Treasa Levasseur, who has a wonderful way of instilling the love for music to very young souls and is known and loved as a pianist/songwriter in the blues, country and folk worlds, and Jesse Whiteley who comes from one of this country’s most successful musical families and is known and admired as a pianist, composer and singer in blues/jazz/swing and beyond.
Tuesday, August 21
Solo Piano Double with Sarah Hagen & Tyler Yarema
Closing out this inaugural series we will be treated to west coast-based pianist Sarah Hagen who has made a name for herself as a classical soloist and chamber musician and knows that music will forever be in her life, and the wildly popular self-taught pianist Tyler Yarema whose musical styles include blues/jump-blues/swing/boogie and more.