TUESDAY, JUNE 21 2:00 PM
Esplanade Studio Theatre
$5 at the door
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22 10:30 PM
The Studio Club (Esplanade Studio Theatre)
$18 plus Esplanade S/C
Tickets available at the Esplanade and Tixx Central
Amanda Tosoff first performed at JazzFest in 2009. Her performances are always popular, and this year she is back with a project that shows another side of this talented B.C. native.
Now living in Toronto, this pianist, composer and bandleader has established herself as one of the most exciting talents on the Canadian jazz scene. Tosoff has received such prestigious awards as the CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award and the General Motors Grand Prix de Jazz at the Montréal Jazz Festival. She has performed with such internationally recognized artists as Ingrid Jensen, Emilie-Claire Barlow, Phil Dwyer, Christine Jensen, Brad Turner, and Kelly Jefferson.
With her new album Words Tosoff now takes an adventurous leap beyond the confines of conventional jazz. She has taken poems and lyrics that possess a personal resonance for her and framed them in original new compositions that utilize vocals for the first time. The result is an eclectic collection that incorporates elements of pop, art song, classical, folk and jazz.
The music of Words will introduce Tosoff to a wider audience of music lovers, but she has long impressed jazz critics and aficionados with her earlier albums, all primarily featuring original compositions. Her first two records Still Life and Wait and See appeared on noted Vancouver label Cellar Live, while Looking North was released on Amanda's own Ocean's Beyond Records. In 2013, she put out her first live recording, Live at the Cellar.
This new project may be difficult to categorize, but it is charmingly accessible. Based on a series of poems that caught Amanda's attention, this project is infused by moods of reflection, introspection and beautiful charm, all delivered by the gentle voice of Felicity Williams.
Rounding out the ensemble are guitarist Alex Goodman, bassist Jon Maharaj, and drummer Morgan Childs.