Rick Shadrach Lazar & Montuno Police

Mon Jun 26 12:00pm
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Free Admission
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Gord Sheard, Geoff Young, Mark Kelso, John Johnson, Collin Barrett & leader Rick Shadrach Lazar - Six accomplished musicians playing original instrumental compositions, combining wicked grooves and creative interplay. We mix the harmonic and improvisational traditions of North American Jazz with the rhythmic influences of Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and Arabic music. The result is an aural explosion of global grooves taking the ear in new and riveting musical directions.

Rick Shadrach Lazar, Leader, Percussionist
Rick was voted Percussionist of the Year five times by Jazz Report magazine and has produced and released 4 CDs with his group Montuno Police: Bang,Touch,The Call, and Nomads. Rick has toured/recorded with a variety of artists, including Bruce Cockburn, Barry White, Jesse Cook, and Paul Shaffer as well as being a regular collaborator with Loreena McKennitt on her recordings and world tours. Rick is the creator and artistic director of Samba Squad and has written, produced and released 3 CDs with this group,“Samba Squad” ( 2001 )“Batuque,”(2006) and Que Beleza (2012 ) He is also an educator at York University (since 2003); he is course director of the Escola de Samba and Cuban music courses. Lazar has also developed workshop techniques, which are being successfully used in the Samba Kidz and Samba Teens programs. Lazar taught private lessons and directed Latin Ensembles at Humber College in Toronto from 1995 to 2005. Lazar is first call for many producers and his recorded work spans records, film scores, TV shows and jingles. From the public school level to the corporate world, Lazar has also directed a myriad of hands-on drumming workshops. He is also recognized as being a facilitator for large, multi – cultural drumming projects, such as the Toronto Olympic Parade of Heroes for the Pan AM Games, the Grand Bateria Express (100 drummers) for Lula World Fest, and the Grand Bateria Express plus Brass for the 2015 Panamania celebration. His strength is his versatility in a myriad of styles, as shown by being chosen to hold down the drum chair with famed Egyptian percussionist Hossam Ramzy at Ramzy’s concert at the 2015 WOMAD festival in England. Rick’s knowledge of world drums and passion makes him a unique percussionist who is first call for a diverse array of artists.

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