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Friday Evening Concerts 2018/2019

Nagata Shachu

(Japanese Taiko Drums)

Friday, October 26, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.

 

Nagata Shachu, based in Toronto, has enthralled audiences  with its mesmerizing and heart-pounding performances of the Japanese drum (taiko) since its formation in 1998. The group has toured widely throughout Canada, the US and Italy, in addition to the Middle East, performing in major theatres, concert halls, and festivals. While rooted in the folk drumming traditions of Japan, the ensemble’s principal aim is to rejuvenate this ancient art form by producing innovative and exciting music that seeks to create a new voice for the taiko. Taking its name from founder Kiyoshi Nagata and the Japanese word shachu meaning group, Nagata Shachu, has become renowned for its exacting, physically demanding and energetic performances on the taiko, as well as for its diverse repertoire. Their playing is the combination of unbounded spirit and passion with the highest levels of musicianship and discipline. Featuring an arsenal of taiko, bamboo flutes, the threestringed shamisen and an array of gongs, cymbals, shakers and wood blocks, Nagata Shachu will take you on a musical journey beyond all borders.

Admission: Regular $20 | Seniors (65+) $15 | Student $5

Payments can be made in cash or by cheque, debit, and credit over the phone, in person at TSH 414, online, or at the doors.

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Phone: 905.525.9140 ext. 27671

Email: sota@mcmaster.ca


Piano Chameleons

(Piano Duo)

Friday, November 23, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.

 

MATT HERSKOWITZ and JOHN RONEY form an electrifying duo-duel of pianists. With two grand pianos facing each other, classical music and jazz merge in a burst of virtuosity! This unique show concept invites the audience to attend a concert where two pianos clash, speak and complete each other in a fusion of classical and jazz music. Undisputed masters of improvisation, these two virtuosos take pleasure in revisiting jazz standards and great classics pieces to bring it in new trails. In July 2015, they closed the Montreal International Jazz Festival. They launched their first CD in September 2016 and then performed all over Canada, USA and South Korea.

MATT HERSKOWITZ  Uniquely combining the superlative technique of a classical virtuoso with his prowess in jazz and free improvisation, pianist, composer and arranger Matt Herskowitz has carved out a unique and personal voice in music. A graduate of the Juilliard School in New York and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Matt is originally from Albany, New York, and has made Montreal his adopted home of 14 years.
JOHN RONEY. Originally from Toronto, pianist John Roney divides his time between composing, teaching and performing on the international jazz scene. Roney studied jazz piano, classical piano and composition at the University of Toronto before relocating to Montreal to complete his master’s degree in jazz piano at McGill University.

Admission: Regular $20 | Seniors (65+) $15 | Student $5

Payments can be made in cash or by cheque, debit, and credit over the phone, in person at TSH 414, online, or at the doors.

Buy Tickets Now

Phone: 905.525.9140 ext. 27671

Email: sota@mcmaster.ca


Johannes Linstead

(Spanish Guitar)

Friday, January 25, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.

 

From being named Canada’s “Guitarist of the Year,” to winning eight “Best Album” awards, to seven top-ten US Bill boardcharting albums, and winning the “People’s Choice” award in the UK, Johannes Linstead has become recognized internationally as one of the best selling guitarists in the Instrumental, Jazz and World Music genres. Chances are even if you don’t know the name you’ve heard his music. Johannes’ songs have been used in some of the most popular TV shows, such as Californication with David Duchovny, The Following with Kevin Bacon, Burn Notice, Gene Simmons Family Jewels, Pawn Stars, Person of Interest, and others. Johannes is an endorsed “Influential Artist” with Yamaha Guitars USA, the largest musical instrument manufacturer in world, and in 2016 signed an endorsement deal with D’Addario, the largest string manufacturer in the world. The group consists of fiery Spanish and electric guitar, spicy Latin percussion, soulful accordion and grooving bass. Together, Johannes and his group set the stage on fire as they let loose a fiesta of Afro-Cuban percussion and Spanish guitar magic. When creating new music Johannes derives his inspiration from his many travels, from Spain to the Caribbean, from India to the Middle East. Each new land bringing him a wealth of exotic sounds and rhythms to colour his musical palette. Having developed a love for the tropics, Johannes now calls the Dominican Republic his home away from home.

Admission: Regular $20 | Seniors (65+) $15 | Student $5

Payments can be made in cash or by cheque, debit, and credit over the phone, in person at TSH 414, online, or at the doors.

Buy Tickets Now

Phone: 905.525.9140 ext. 27671

Email: sota@mcmaster.ca


The Joy Lapps Project

Steel Pan, Guitar, Drums, Keyboard

Friday, March 8, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.

JOY LAPPS is a musician, composer and arts educator.  Her efficiency with the tenor pan and her diverse performance range have led to great audience receptions, and flattering recognition from seasoned professional pianists.  She has performed at various festivals including Toronto’s Afrofest, Muhtadi’s International Drumming Festival, Toronto’s TD Jazz Festival and Antigua’s Moods of Pan Festival.  Joy performs primarily as the leader of her quartet, the JOY LAPPS PROJECT, and often expands this formation to an even larger musical ensemble, exploring Afro and Latin-Caribbean Jazz, with a hint of R&B and soul.  As an audience favourite, Joy brings her genuine and bright personality to performances where she is known for gripping audiences.  Joy has released four recordings including Praise on Pan: How Great Thou Art (2004), Make a Joyful Noise (2006) and It’s Christmas Time (2007).  She released an EP of original compositions entitled Morning Sunrise (2014) and, with a Masters of Composition under her belt, is currently focused on writing and arranging new music for her upcoming album.  During the academic year, Joy visits various schools as an Ontario Arts Council Artist in Residence.  She has also served as the Toronto Arts Council Artist in Residence at the Downsview Library, providing free lessons, workshops and special performances for the community.

Phone: 905.525.9140 ext. 27671

Email: sota@mcmaster.ca

Admission: Regular $20 | Seniors (65+) $15 | Student $5

Payments can be made in cash or by cheque, debit, and credit over the phone, in person at TSH 414, online, or at the doors.

Buy Tickets Now

Phone: 905.525.9140 ext. 27671

Email: sota@mcmaster.ca


Directions

Click here for directions to McMaster University campus.

Once you have parked (see below), proceed on foot to the new L.R. Wilson Building located across sterling street from the student center and directly in front of the Michael DeGroote Centre for Learning and Discovery (MDCL). Upon entering the building, proceed to the western most location to find the concert hall.

Parking at McMaster

Please be aware that during the 2017/2018 concert season, parking at McMaster University on-campus lots can be accessed for a fee of $7.00 on weekends and on weekdays after 4p.m.

If driving, be sure to enter the University via Sterling Street. Drive past the unmanned kiosk and turn right, follow this road into Parking Lot B. Proceed on foot along the pathway between the University Student Centre and Mills Library towards the centre of campus. On the right, behind the rose garden, is University Hall. Convocation Hall is located on the 2nd floor of this building. An accessible entrance is located on the left side of the building.

 

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