Allison Au Quartet

TD Emerging Artist
Date: 
Thu Jun 29 8:00pm
Ticket Price: 
Free Admission

Allison Au is a Toronto-based saxophonist, flautist, composer and arranger.

Since it’s formation in 2009, The Allison Au Quartet has maintained a steady performance schedule at Toronto’s major Jazz clubs. The group was the recipient of the TD Jazz Fellowship Scholarship in 2011 and the Alfred and Phyllis Balm Scholarship in 2012 to attend the Winter Creative Music Residency at the Banff Centre.

The recipient of a 2011 Ontario Arts Council Popular Music Recording grant, The Allison Au Quartet released a debut CD "The Sky Was Pale Blue, Then Grey". The album features Allison Au (alto saxophone), Todd Pentney (piano), Jon Maharaj (bass) and Fabio Ragnelli (drums).

In 2011, Allison was also selected as one of eight international participants for the Metropole Orkest's Arrangers Workshop held in the Netherlands. There she had the opportunity to work with composer Vince Mendoza and The Metropole Orkest.

Since, her work has been featured with Hilario Duran's Latin Big Band (Canada), Grammy-nominated Jazz vocalist Roberta Gambarini, Blue Note recording artist Ruben Hein (The Netherlands), The Metropole Orkest (The Netherlands), The WDR Big Band (Germany), and The Filarmonica 900 del Teatro Regio and Torino Jazz Orchestra (Italy).

Allison has attended the 2010 summer workshop at the School for Improvised Music in Brooklyn, NY under the direction of Ralph Alessi and the 2011 Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music, under the direction of Dave Douglas.

She holds a Bachelors of Music in Jazz Studies from Humber College where she studied with Pat LaBarbera, Kelly Jefferson, Andy Ballantyne, Hilario Duran, John McLeod and Luis Mario Ochoa.

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