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    GJF: John Kameel Farah

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    September 14, 2019 @ 11:00 am

    GJF: John Kameel Farah

    John Kameel Farah

    Brampton-born and Berlin-based composer-improviser John Kameel Farah is a singular exponent of keyboard-based instruments, including piano, harpsichord, and various synthesisers. His extraordinary musical scope combines elements of Renaissance, Baroque, and Contemporary Classical repertoires, Middle-Eastern musical traditions, and forms of electronic music, and his solo performances – often involving several acoustic or electronic keyboards as well as a laptop – are orchestral in magnitude and structural elaboration while being based, fundamentally, in open improvisation. It will be a particular treat, then, to hear John’s magisterial musical vision in two contexts: A combination of electronics and the splendid Cassavant pipe organ at St. George’s Church, one of the finest organs in Southern Ontario, part of a ‘pipe-themed’ double-bill with the Breton bagpipe virtuoso, Erwan Keravec, as well as an intimate harpsichord solo.

    Saturday, 14 September, 11am, St. George’s Church (organ/electonics solo on a bill with Erwan Keravec), $25/$20

    Erwan Keravec (FR) solo & with Hamid Drake (USA)

    Erwan Keravec

    The sound of Erwan Keravec’s Breton bagpipes, an instrument that is very similar to Scottish highland pipes, is astonishing. He combines a thorough grounding in traditional Breton music with difficult-to-fathom technical extensions that expand his instrument’s already formidable expressive range. Keravec is equally at home in contemporary notated and freely improvised music contexts, but the power of his original musical vision is directly accessible through solo performance; his all-acoustic solo at St. George’s Church (on a ‘pipe-themed’ double-bill with pipe organist and synthesist John Kameel Farah) promises to be both totally uncommon and uncommonly special in the context of anything called a ‘jazz festival.’ Elsewhere, Keravec will also be featured in a first-time collaboration with legendary drummer, Hamid Drake, a Guelph favourite needing no introduction.

    Erwan Keravec Solo: Saturday, 14 September, 11am, St. George’s Church (on a bill with John Kameel Farah), $25/$20

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    Erwan Keravec/Hamid Drake Duo: Sunday, 15 September, noon, Guelph Youth Music Centre (on a bill with Malcolm Goldstein/Rainer Wiens), $25/$20

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    Erwan Keravec website
    ‘Urban Pipes’ on Youtube

    With the Financial Support of Spectacle vivant en Bretagne.

    Spedidam is a collecting and distributing society that manages performing artists’ rights for recording, broadcasting and secondary uses of recorded performances.

    Photo credit: Atelier Marge Design



    September 14, 2019
    11:00 am


    St. George’s Church
    99 Woolwich St.
    Guelph, Ontario N1H 3V1 Canada
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    (519) 822-1366