Canadian born Toronto based musician Rich Brown has established himself internationally as an influential electric bassist, an award winning bandleader/composer, and an esteemed educator. All About Jazz called Brown “one of the finest electric bassists you’ll hear anywhere”, and The Los Angeles Times stated, “Brown moves with the fluid ease of an acoustic guitarist”. He has released 3 albums as a leader, and appears as a sideman on a plethora of recordings ranging from Jazz to Funk to traditional Arabic and Asian music. Brown has performed with a wide variety of artists including Rudresh Mahanthappa, Steve Coleman, Angelique Kidjo, Kurt Elling, Kim Mitchell, James Blood Ulmer, The Parachute Club, and David Clayton Thomas (Blood, Sweat, & Tears) to name just a few. He also leads his own groups—rinsethealgorithm and The Abeng—and was nominated for a Juno Award in 2016 in the category of Jazz Album of the Year: Solo for his latest album ‘Abeng’.
John Kameel Farah
John Kameel Farah is a Canadian pianist, composer and visual artist, based between Toronto and Berlin. His music embraces aspects of Early and Contemporary Music, Improvisation, Middle-Eastern Music and Electronics; sometimes he refers to his odd combination of musical approaches as “Baroque-Middle-Eastern-Cyberpunk”. He studied piano and composition at the University of Toronto, where he was a two-time recipient of the Glenn Gould Composition Award, and afterwards took private lessons with Terry Riley in California.
In performance he integrates piano, synthesizers, preparations and computer programming, moving between improvised episodes, counterpoint, minimalistic drones, loops and electronic effects processing. He is greatly interested in early keyboard music on harpsichord and organ, exploring the connections to Middle-Eastern scales, tunings and rhythms. Farah is also a visual artist, creating intricate ink drawings, sometimes improvising alongside projected animations during concerts.
Collaborations have included the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, choreographer Peggy Baker, the Canadian Electronic Emsemble, Berlin’s early music choir Vox Nostra, as well as with astrophysicist John Dubinski, composing for animations of galaxy formations and collisions.
Violinist, composer and visual artist Hugh Marsh has been a musical conversationalist with Bruce Cockburn, Jon Hassell, Peter Murphy, Ursula Rucker, The Rheostatics, Harry regson-Williams, Hans Zimmer, Loreena McKennitt, Kevin Hearn, Iggy Pop, Robert Palmer, Don Byron, Mercan Dede,Mary Margaret O’Hara, Three Metre Day and Nick Buzz among others.
You’ve most likely heard his unique musical voice on numerous movie scores without knowing it.
His latest recording “Violinvocations” Is available on the Austin Texas label Western Vinyl. Hugh is fond of noise, organized or otherwise and islands from Fogo to Folegandros.