MONDAY, JUNE 18 9:00 PM
The Studio Club (Esplanade Studio Theatre)
$20 plus Esplanade S/C
Tickets available at the Esplanade and Tixx Central
Juno-award winning Jazz Saxophonist, Composer and Arranger, Allison Au refuses to be defined. Born to a Chinese father and Jewish mother, and raised in the multicultural metropolis of Toronto, Allison found music as a young child. Exposed to a wide array of musical styles, she was captivated by the unhinged freedom of Jazz. Jazz became AllisonŐs lab for self-expression, exploration, and musical experimentation. Her work weaves a mosaic of influences into a seamless and soulful sound, a concoction steeped in the tradition of Jazz but skillfully laced with elements of Classical, Pop, R&B, hip hop, Latin, and world music.
Au's music transports you to a place where emotions run free. Melodies cascade and collide, highlighting Au's gift for layering voices and rhythms. Her writing showcases the color and character of each instrument, while providing ample room for her band mates to push her compositions to new heights.
Au earned her first Juno nomination for her debut album, The Sky Was Pale Blue, then Grey in 2013, and in 2016 was awarded the Juno for Best Jazz Album of The Year: Group for Forest Grove.
Formed in 2009, the Allison Au Quartet has toured extensively in Canada and the US. The group was awarded the TD Jazz Fellowship Scholarship in 2011, The Alfred and Phyllis Balm Scholarship in 2012, and The Margareta and Benno Nigg Scholarship in 2013 for three consecutive artist residencies at the Banff Centre.
Most recently the Allison Au Quartet has won the 2017 Montreal Jazz Festival TD Grand Prix de Jazz, received the 2017 Halifax Jazz Festival Sting Ray Rising Star Award, and was named a 2017 Finalist for Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Jazz Artist Award.
Joining Allison are Todd Pentney on piano, Dan Fortin on bass and Fabio Ragnelli on drums.