Breaking Down Barriers

The Rebel: Breaking Down Barriers

Sunday, February 24, 2019
3:30 PM

The Church of St John the Evangelist

320 Charlton Avenue West

A celebration of the wild, the different, and the outcast, featuring the music of Spectrum – a group of jazz-influenced composers crossing genres. Unleash your inhibition and let your uniqueness shine through, because in this concert, the rebel in all of us takes center stage. A juxtaposition of classical choir and improvising jazz trio provides the ultimate cross-genre platform to explore our desire to break free of the confines of convention. In a world bent on social revolution, can music show the length we are willing to go to define our own identities? In a concert produced in partnership with Spectrum New Music, genre-defying composers rise up and make their own unique voices heard alongside a few classic jazz works.

Guest Artists:
Chris Pruden, Piano
Andrew Downing, Bass/Cello
Aline Homzy, Violin

ANDREW DOWNING (upright bass)
Andrew Downing is a Toronto based double bass player, cellist, composer and educator born in London, Ontario in 1973. He plays primarily in the creative jazz scene, but also performs classical chamber music, improvised music, folk and roots music, and world music. He practices the unusual craft of tuning his bass in fifths an octave lower than a cello. He has won two Juno awards, two West Coast Music Awards, a Socan Award, and the Grand Prix de Jazz from the Montreal Jazz Festival. Andrew currently teaches double bass, composition and improvisation at the University of Toronto and has taught at Wilfred Laurier University, the Banff Centre’s Jazz Workshop and the Creative Music Workshop in Halifax.

ALINE HOMZY (violin)
Aline Homzy is a classical and jazz award-winning violinist and composer. From Montreal but living in Toronto, Aline is in high-demand as an improvising violinist, a teacher and as a session player around the world. Aline’s most important Toronto-based performances and collaborations have been with David Occhipinti, Michael Davidson and Andrew Downing. She has performed or recorded with Guido Basso, Barry Harris, Ben Wendel, Danilo Perez and many more. Aline has recently played at the Daigu International Jazz Festival in South Korea, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Chris Pruden’s musical journey began when he started piano at the age of 5. While studying classical piano he became interested in jazz. He is a recent graduate of of jazz performance at the University of Toronto. Chris feels at home in a wide variety of genres and has performed in venues across Canada such as Edmonton’s Winspear Centre, the AMPIA Film and TV awards, the Rex Jazz Bar in Toronto, the Trane Studio, Koerner Hall and many more. His playing draws from inspirations such as Keith Jarrett, Oscar Peterson, Herbie Hancock, and also from classical, hip-hop, rock, and folk. These influences allow for a refreshing stylistic approach showcasing his sensitivity, creativity, and energy.


Regular: $25
Seniors: $20
Students: $5

This concert is being presented by Spectrum Music in Toronto on Saturday, February 23rd at 7:30, at Gallery 345. Tickets purchased here will be honoured at both performances.