OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, Jan. 25th, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Special Performance by The Alfredo Caxaj Latin Jazz Ensemble - 7:30 pm
With refreshments & Latin American appetizers
TAP Centre for Creativity ~ 203 Dundas Street, London, ON
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm Tel: 519-642-2767 • www.tapcreativity.org
Colores de Latinoamérica ’19 offers fascinating windows into the worlds of over a half-dozen highly engaging artists, many of them young, new generation voices with an interdisciplinary focus. Come and experience works by the following: MARIANA BOLAÑOS is a Mexican artist based in Toronto. Focusing on painting, sculpture and installation with a social purpose, she “enjoys the process of exploration guided only by mere intuition…and the constant state of uncertainty that it brings.” MAO CORREA is a Colombian-born and raised conceptual artist (painting, assemblage and graphic design) whose eclectic and visceral work critiques our frenzied consumerism and lack of environmental awareness. Originally from El Salvador, but a Londoner since he was a year old, OSCAR MARROQUIN-PONCE is a young emerging artist who uses acrylics and different pouring mediums to create experimental works that take audiences on a flowing poetic journey he calls “floesia”. A second-generation Latin American artist from Costa Rica and Cuba, Toronto’s MICHELLE PERAZA uses portraiture as a starting point for conversations on human origins, culture, lineage, history, skin colour, migration, integration, loss of identity, and value systems. A highly respected printmaker who got his start in Havana, Cuba, AGUSTIN ROLANDO ROJAS came to Canada in 1997 and, since then, has lived on both sides of the Canada-United States border. His work is “inspired by both nature and the intimacy that is shared between human beings interacting with one another.” Visual artist, digital artist and photographer ALEX USQUIANO has found “a new level of awareness” since moving to Toronto from the coffee region of Colombia. He likes to challenge the ideas of old-school artists by showing that “digital art has the capacity to be as beautiful, terrifying and wonderful as any form of traditional art.”
JAN. 22 - FEB. 2, 2019
In a few short years, Tanika Charles has transformed from a talented emerging artist into a commanding performer and band leader, now a staple of the Canadian soul scene. Following in the footsteps of impactful musicians like Sharon Jones and Mavis Staples, the Edmonton native takes an honest approach to writing music that not only touches on heartbreak and vulnerability, but also on resiliency and the spirit of overcoming adversity. Her art is inherently autobiographical. If Tanika’s singing it, she’s lived it.
Praised as “one of the big hitters of 2017″ (Craig Charles, BBC Radio 6 Music) and as “the most buzzed-about soul singer in Toronto” (CBC Music), this Polaris Prize-nominated artist has spent the last decade lighting up stages near and far – from Pop Montreal to the TD Toronto Jazz Festival. Charles and her band The Wonderfuls create infectious rhythms and hooks, reeling in listeners with unbridled instrumentation and vocal prowess.
Tanika’s first full-length album, “Soul Run,” was released in 2016 (with international distribution in 2017). The overarching sound is classic soul and heavy drums, without the need for retro crutches. “Soul Run” received overwhelmingly positive reviews, with Now Magazine giving it an NNNN rating and Exclaim! declaring it an 8/10. It also earned a JUNO nomination for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year.
Tanika has also appeared on television, both as a reoccurring guest on CBC Kids and as a lounge singer on Global TV’s Bomb Girls drama series. Her music has been featured on HBO’s Less Than Kind, ABC’s Rookie Blue, The CW’s Seed and CTV’s Saving Hope. In 2017, she made her theatrical debut in the touring production “Freedom Singer”.
During a 2014 radio interview, the host referred to Yani Borrell as “El Elegante de la Salsa” (“The Elegance of Salsa”). It’s an apt title, because Yani is truly one of the foremost exponents of modern-day Salsa. What sets him apart from many other Latin vocalists is his ability to improvise live on stage to any chorus or musical rhythm.
Born in Camaguey, Cuba, Yani began his professional career at the age of 17 when he became lead singer of “Orquesta Ideal”, a well-known orchestra from his native town. Later, his experience of travelling with different show bands and performing in key venues on the Island helped him to develop his distinctive vocal style and dynamic stage presence. Yani’s performances are high-energy crowd-pleasers where the audience is always ready to dance.
Since moving to Toronto in 2004, Yani has dominated the Canadian Latin music scene. He co-founded of one of this country’s most important Latin bands and has shared the stage with Salsa legends like Andy Montañez, Cándido Fabré, Pupy y los que Son and Los Van Van. His self-titled, debut album is considered one of the best Salsa albums produced in Canada in the last decade.
With his unique style, powerful voice and distinguished look, there is no doubt that Yani Borrell will keep conquering hearts all over the world. Que viva la Salsa!
JAN. 26, 2019
FEB. 1, 2019
“Dueling Pianos” celebrates the beautiful relationship between a father and a son, nurtured through the pain and joy of reaching for and attaining excellence. The father is Eddie Bullen, the well-known Toronto pianist, composer, arranger and producer (Thunder Dome Sounds) who, in the 1970s, immigrated to Canada from his native Grenada, and whose own father imparted a deep knowledge of music and musicians. The son is Quincy Bullen, an accomplished pianist, composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist (drums, bass, guitar, keys) and singer.
As the musicians interlace their story with the classic sounds of jazz, classical music, calypso, reggae and the blues, “Dueling Pianos” shows how Eddie prepared his son to embrace his historical and musical roots. You’ll be treated to masterful renditions of iconic works like Oscar Peterson’s “Hymn to Freedom” and John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps”. And you’ll be reminded that music has a central place in our lives, inspiring us in countless ways.
As CBC Montreal journalist Ainslie MacLellan explained last February, “The father-son relationship not only forms the backbone of Eddie and Quincy's on-stage banter, but also drives their style of performance — part duet, part duel. They face each other, each behind a grand piano, staring intently to try and follow the other’s moves.
‘There are points in time where we have to work together,’ says Quincy. ‘And there are other times when it's a little freer, when we can spar with each other.’
He adds: ‘It's like a heated debate. Sometimes you end up laughing about how much you disagree.’”
“Father and Son – Dueling Pianos” is part of a 2019 tour celebrating Black History month and is proudly sponsored by TD Bank.
FEB. 7th 2018
EDDIE & QUINCY BULLEN
With spine-tingling vocal polyphony, blue notes, intimacy and power, the four women of Swedish a capella group Kongero (Lotta Andersson, Anna Wikenius, Anna Larsson and Emma Björling) push the boundaries in both folk and vocal music and joyously bring Scandinavian trad into the 21st century. The quartet was formed in 2005 when the original members (all graduates of Stockholm’s Royal College of Music) started singing together by chance at a Nordic folk music conference and discovered that their voices and harmonies blended perfectly. As the women say, "Four voices, one vision, infinite possibilities".
With a band name that means "spider" (maybe to convey the sense that they are one body weaving a web of harmonies) and a new genre of music that the women call "Swedish Folk’apella,” Kongero has truly become one of their country’s leading vocal groups. Their singing tells life's tales, whether in moving love songs, dramatic medieval ballads, witty ditties, or spirited dances. It’s repertoire that would be right at home on the soundtracks to Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings.
The UK’s Leith Folk Club describes Kongero’s music as “powerful, evocative and haunting,” while Israeli music journalist Jeff Meshel writes, "This group is a revelation. The beauty of the four voices is equaled only by the pristine, flawless arrangements. They provide a stunning example of a marriage between the traditional and the innovative. This magical Swedish music very much deserves to be heard far and wide."
Kongero has received high praise for its four full-length albums: Om Mikaelidagen (2008), Bakvända Världen (2011), no. 3 (2014) and KOM (2017). Their releases were followed by extensive tours around the globe, including several previous Sunfest indoor and festival dates. In 2015, the quartet celebrated its 10th anniversary with numerous special events, such as the release of a Kongero beer and a songbook. Kongero is a 2019 Official Showcase Artist at the upcoming Folk Alliance International conference in Montreal and, this coming spring, it will premier VAERLA VAKEN, a collaborative album with Swedish instrumental band Massivet.
MAR. 1, 2019
MAR. 14, 2019
ROSIE & THE RIVETERS
Rosie & the Riveters never planned to get political. But opening a newspaper or watching the news these days made it impossible to see the status of women around the world and stay silent. The result is Ms. Behave – a collection of gritty, sultry, vintage-inspired folk anthems that paint a portrait of a woman’s voice in a man’s world.
The band’s 2018 sophomore record, Ms. Behave, remained in the Top 10 US folk music charts for 17 weeks, peaked at #3 on CBC Radio 2’s Top 20, and was featured in publications such as Parade Magazine, Pop Matters, No Depression and Rolling Stone Country. With songs addressing sexual assault, the gender pay gap, and the policing of women’s behaviour, it’s clear why Billboard Magazine called them, “powerful and daring.”
MAR. 20, 2019
ROSIE & THE RIVETERS
“I want to take people to places they haven’t been.” Jesse Cook, Juno winning master guitarist, known for his intoxicating fusion of world music, has travelled the globe looking for sounds that resonate with him. “I like finding common ground for different music traditions, a space where music from around the world can come together,” Cook explains. “A place where modern sounds can mix with ancient timbres.”
With more than 20 million views on YouTube, Swingrowers (pronounced Swing-Growers) is one of the most sought-after bands on the retro-world scene. Based in Palermo (Italy) and Brighton (England), it is celebrated for its irreverent style, which blends the freshness of electronic dance music with the warm influences of 1920s & ’30’s era jazz to create a unique vintage-inspired pop sound.
The group’s debut album, PRONOUNCED SWING’GROWERS (2012), was largely a sample-based affair featuring founding members Loredana Grimaudo on vocals and Roberto Costa (a.k.a. PiSk) on production duties. Manouche guitarist Alessio Costagliola joined the unit prior to recording the 2013 single “Queen of Swing,” and its 2014 follow-up album REMOTE saw the band expand to a five-piece with the addition of Davide Rizzuto on violin and Ciro Pusateri on alto saxophone and clarinet. Swingrowers’ latest release is OUTSIDEIN (2018).
Along with three albums on the independent British label Freshly Squeezed, the band has released a series of catchy singles, cover versions and remixes, many of which were collected on its 2014 “Do Not Cover EP”. Hits include a cover of Technotronic’s 1989 classic “Pump Up the Jam,” and “Butterfly,” released in April 2017. On top of delivering official remixes for Caro Emerald and Swing Republic, Swingrowers has also collaborated with The Lost Fingers, Gypsy Hill and DJ Pony Montana.
Swingrowers has taken its explosive live show to major stages all over the globe, including the United States, Japan and India, and has opened sell-out concerts for the likes of pioneering electro swing artists/producers Parov Stelar, Chinese Man and Caravan Palace.
MAY 4, 2019
MAR. 22, 2019
JODI PROZNICK With LAILA BIALI
Jodi Proznick’s latest album Sun Songs (released on the Cellar Live label in 2017) invites the listener into a musical experience that explores the depths of and reverence for the dualities of life.
This project is a new venture for Jodi as a composer, bassist, producer, and songwriter, who soon after her album Foundations was nominated for a Juno Award, was faced with two sets of emotionally charged news: first, the immense joy of discovering she was expecting a baby and would enter the brave new world of motherhood, and second the intense sorrow of learning that her mother was diagnosed with early onset dementia (Jodi’s mother passed away from dementia in January 2018 after a ten year struggle with the disease).
The title for Sun Songs is a play on words. First, it’s a dedication to her son, and second, the metaphor of life as sunrise and sunset. As if she was standing on the horizon watching two suns simultaneously rise and fall, both lighting up the sky in different ways. These are the polarities explored through each song: birth, death, the learning and unlearning of life, and the emotions that arise in its quieter moments.
Jodi found herself documenting words, images, and melodies to help process the titanic emotions transpiring through her as the story unfolded. A collection of songs emerged, eight originals and one cover, in a narrative documenting the process of containing these dramatic dualities and emerging more resilient and in tune with the pendulum of life.
In the land where jazz and pop meet, two genres that have always been intrinsically woven together, Sun Songs becomes the template for a new weave. Every track is an exquisite tapestry of modern harmonies and rhythms, layered with memorable melodies and potent lyrics. Featuring her prodigious quartet of Tilden Webb (her husband) on piano, Jesse Cahill (drums), and Steve Kaldestad (tenor saxophone), Jodi shines an even brighter light on this album with the addition of singer Laila Biali, whose luminous vocals lift the songs to unparalleled heights.
Sun Songs opens with “Listen” and “Beautiful Again”, a song about the miracle of birth, inspired by indigenous author Richard Van Camp’s children’s book “Welcome Song for Baby.” The impeccable “Let Go” follows, a lullaby for her mother, and “Little Bluebird”, which marks the calm before the storm. “Ancient Yearning” pulls from a poem by Vancouver poet, dancer, and scholar Celeste Snowber in which her lines weave with a melody that is primal and revealing. And while songs “Storm” and “3 am” encapsulate moments of panic and worry amidst the struggle of modern-day life, the story weaves back to hope in “So Near, So Far” which reflects on staying connected to loved ones that have passed on. Sun Songs closes with Stephin Merritt’s “The Book of Love,” originally covered by Peter Gabriel, and brings the listener full circle through of a woman’s journey in love.
A stalwart on the Vancouver jazz scene as a performer and educator, Jodi Proznick is undoubtedly the perfect person to bring this work to light. Infinitely talented as a songwriter, producer, and player, she is also a mentor for the next generation of jazz musicians. Sun Songs represents the unbridled potential of every woman’s most powerful contribution – her story. In fact, the album may become a beacon for other artists aspiring to share their own stories with the world. Inside each song, a radiant beauty echoes, and there’s a gateway to the many different ways we can all light up the sky.
MAY 23, 2019
JODI PROZNICK W. LAILA BIALI
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