World/Latin/African/Ethnic

So Long Seven

So Long Seven masterfully blends genres such as jazz, classical, world and folk to create richly textured acoustic music. So Long Seven consists of Neil Hendry (guitar/mandolin), William Lamoureux (violin/voice), Ravi Naimpally (tabla/percussion) and Tim Posgate (banjo), together they are creating a seamless tapestry of sound through their original music. Influenced by bands such as Punch Brothers, Shakti, Oregon and many others the band is breaking new ground.

Eric St-Laurent

Born and raised in Montreal, Eric St-Laurent studied improvisation in New York before moving to Berlin where he toured with both the big and small names of the German and Scandinavian music scenes. Winner of the SOCAN award for Best Original Composition at the Montreal Jazz Festival and The Best Band Award at the Vienne (France) Jazz Festival, St-Laurent has been featured on over 50 recordings, produced multiple albums, composed scores for short films and theatre, and toured extensively in Europe and Canada.

Lenka Lichtenberg

Lenka Lichtenberg is a singer, composer, arranger and bandleader born in Prague. She spent her childhood years in the immensely popular musical theatre Semafor. She studied voice at the Prague Music Conservatory, and once in Canada, received her Masters degree in Ethnomusicology at York University. After releasing three albums as a solo artist, Lenka co-founded the Yiddish swing all-female group Sisters of Sheynville, with whom she performed across Canada, in the U.S. and Europe.

Jane Bunnett & Spirits of Havana 25th Anniversary

2016 marks the 25th Anniversary of Spirits of Havana. Canadian flutist and soprano saxophonist Jane Bunnett traveled to Cuba and immersed herself in the island's music. Jane Bunnett’s Spirits of Havana, the landmark 1993 album that brought together North American and Cuban musicians in Havana, preceded Buena Vista Social Club by three years.

Kalabash

Colleen Allen - Saxes, Flute, Clarinet
Gareth Burgess - Steel Pans
Joaquin Nunez Hidalgo - Drums
Anthony Pierre - Percussion
Darryl Joseph-Dennie - Keyboards
Andrew Stewart - Electric Bass

AVATAAR

Sundar Viswanathan's AVATAAR marries modern jazz, Classical Indian music, Brazilian lyricism, atmospheric textures and ambiance, Javanese gamelan, and contemporary improvisation. The music has drawn comparison to Mahavishnu Orchestra, Keith Jarrett with Jan Garbarek, late John Coltrane, and Oregon. The group's mesmerizing blend of rhythmic hypnotism, sonic landscapes and soaring melody marry ancient and modern musical sounds. Petal is Avataar's debut release. Cleverly layered and cinematic in scope, the music drives and swirls through a vast sonic palette.

Mistura Fina

Mistura Fina features the delicate blending of violão, percussion and vocals, creating an exquisite sense of musical intimacy. Drawing from the tradition of Bossa Nova, the trio also explores contemporary sounds and textures to take you on an unforgettable journey through the Brazilian urban and folkloric soundscape.

Brownman & Cruzao Latin Jazz Trio

CRUZAO in it's full 5-man configuration, has been called "Canada's premiere latin-jazz ensemble" by the Toronto Star, has won a National Jazz Award, the Montreal Jazz Fest's "Grand Prix du Jazz Award", a CBC Galaxie Rising Star award & have been nominated 4 times at the Toronto Independent Music Awards. The CRUZAO LATIN-JAZZ TRIO is a compact, stripped down version of that award-winning ensemble at 3-man large.

Hilario Duran

Hilario Duran, Cuban-Canadian Pianist, Composer, Arranger, Bandleader, Educator, is one of the world’s most innovative creators of Afro-Cuban music & Latin Jazz

Bobby Rice Latin Jazz Big Band

Trumpets: Jason Logue; Dave Dunlop; Kevin Turcotte; Brian O'Kane
Trombones: Alastair Kay; Kelsley Grant; Gord Myers; Pete Hysen
Saxes: Sundar Viswanathan; Colleen Allen; Alex Dean; Jeff King; Pol Coussée
Drums: Max Sennitt
Piano: Jeremy Ledbetter
Bass: Paco Luviano
Guitar: Ted Quinlan
Percussion: Luis Orbegoso

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