Presented By Guelph Jazz Festival: Double Bill
Amina Claudine Myers – solo (New York)
A solo concert by Amina Claudine Myers can bring down the house, just with the sheer power of her voice and piano. Myers grew up in Arkansas and Texas, and helped put herself through college by playing and singing in jazz clubs. In Chicago, she says, “the AACM just opened the door so that anything was possible.” She toured with the great saxophonists Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt, and collaborated with such musicians as Lester Bowie, Archie Shepp, and Charlie Haden. Myers has also premiered her own works such as her Improvisational Suite for Chorus, Pipe Organ and Percussion, When the Berries Fell for voices, percussionists, and keyboards, and the mixed-media piece Focus. A solo evening with the wide-ranging talent of this soulful and creative composer/singer/pianist is not to be missed!
Ms Myers will do a pre-concert interview in the RRC Lobby at 7:00pm which is open to the public.
Myra Melford (solo) (San Francisco)
It’s only been four years, but it seems too long since Myra Melford has played in Guelph! Meanwhile, the challenging pianist has been named a Guggenheim Fellow, taught in San Francisco and Berkeley, premiered her multimedia Language of Dreams, and released her first solo album. The American pianist/composer is a festival favourite, having played here with violinist Jenny Scheinman, violist Tanya Kalmanovitch, and in a fabulous trio with Mark Dresser and Matt Wilson. This year, Melford is appearing solo, and once again Guelph audiences have a chance to hear a pianist whom the San Francisco Chronicle calls an “explosive player, a virtuoso who shocks and soothes, and who can make the piano stand up and do things it doesn’t seem to have been designed for.”
For the full schedule of Festival events and programming details, visit guelphjazzfestival.com.
Everyone must have a ticket, including infants and children.
Infants under 1 year of age free, but will not be admitted without a ticket.
Place your full ticket order by phone or in person to include an infant (not available online).
Tickets will be available for pick-up at the Concert Venue one hour prior to curtain time.
No refunds offered for this event.
2016 Guelph Jazz Festival Pass Includes:
Trudel 4 with Jensen // David Virelles Mboko – September 15, 2016
Gordon Grdina/Kenton Loewen/François Houle – September 16, 2016
Song Everlasting: Tribute to Don Pullen – September 16, 2016
Peregrine Falls // Not the Wind, Not the Flag – September 17, 2016
François Houle // Stream Quartet – September 17, 2016
Amina Claudine Myers // Myra Melford – September 17, 2016
Rob Mazurek // Festival Improv Finale – September 18, 2016