The David Braid Sextet: Asia Tour 2006

John MacLeod, trumpet
Mike Murley, saxophone
Gene Smith, trombone
David Braid, piano
Steve Wallace, bass
Terry Clarke, drums

Performing the music of David Braid

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Award-winning David Braid Sextet Tours Hong Kong, Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Beijing this Fall

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CANADA – August 10, 2006 -- One of Canada’s most celebrated acoustic jazz ensembles, the David Braid Sextet will conduct a two-week Asian tour this Fall. With the assistance of the Department of Foreign Affairs Canada, the Sextet will perform in Tokyo, Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Shenzhen from September 24 to October 5. Leading the ensemble is one of Canada's most respected and fastest-rising jazz artists/pianists/composers: David Braid.

Thirty-one-year-old Braid has written over 50 works for his sextet, whose members have collectively won over 30 Juno (Canada’s highest music honour) and Grammy awards. They are drummer Terry Clarke (Order of Canada) and bassist Steve Wallace (formerly of the Oscar Peterson Trio); multi-Juno-award-winning saxophonist Mike Murley; trombonist Gene Smith (Woody Herman Orchestra, Department Head of Music at Saint Francis Xavier University); and trumpeter John MacLeod, who has performed with Ray Charles, Zoot Sims and Tony Bennett.

The success resulting from veteran jazz artists performing the music of an emerging artist has catapulted Braid to become one of Canada's most sought-after jazz artists. Canada’s national public broadcaster, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), recognized the talent of Braid early on in his career and touted him as "the most gifted young pianist and composer in the country."

Asian Tour to Feature Original Composition and Arrangement by David Braid

This tour marks Braid’s third performance visit to Asia, after playing sold-out concerts in 2004 and 2005 in Asia and Australia.

The tremendous response by music audiences and presenters prompted the itinerary for the 2006 Asia Tour.

The David Braid Sextet will be performing the music from three recordings, including VIVID: The David Braid Sextet Live -- which was awarded the country’s most prestigious musical honour, the 2005 Juno Award for Jazz Album of the Year; and his new album, Live from the Senator, Vol. II: The David Braid Sextet, which is slated for release in late 2006. Among Braid’s many new works that will be featured in the new album, “Sai Kung” was inspired by the landscape and harbour in Sai Kung and the spirit of Hong Kong’s inhabitants, during his first tour of the city in 2004.

Braid is a Yamaha Music performing artist, University of Toronto Faculty of Music professor, and leads/co-leads & writes original music for seven ensembles, including his talent-heavy sextet. As a sideman, Braid performs in over 15 major Canadian ensembles.

For more information, or to schedule an interview with David Braid, contact Anita Wong, anita.wong@rogers.com

 

TOUR PROGRAMME

Braid Programme [.pdf] 661K

 

BIOGRAPHIES

Biographies.doc

Biographies.pdf

 

REVIEWS

"A combination of intelligence and abandon; quite simply, music making of the highest calibre"

"A prodigious writing talent... more than 70 minutes of thrilling, utterly contemporary music"

"Everybody Digs David Braid"

"If Mozart played Jazz..."

 

ITINERARY

25 September
7:00pm

Recital Hall, Embassy of Canada

7-3-38 Akasaka Minato-ku
(03) 3408-2101
Tokyo, Japan
28 September
1pm-2pm

Exposition Hall

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)

Presented by HKUST - Centre for the Arts
852 2358 6320 or http://www.ust.hk/cfa/

Hong Kong
29 September
8pm

Concert Hall (HKAPA)

1 Gloucester Road
Wanchai, Hong Kong

Ticket Information: Free Admission; contact Leonard Wong at 852 2584 8517 or Jennifer Wong at 852 2584 8505; or visit www.hkapa.edu Box office opens at 7:30 p.m.

Hong Kong
27,28,29 September

Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
(HKAPA)

Artist-in-Residence
Hong Kong, China
30 September
9pm

JZ

46 Fu Xing Road
(cross street: Yongfu Road)

Ticket Information: 86 130 2328 7014 or 86 021 6277 4417

Shanghai, China
1 October
9pm

JZ

Ticket Information: 86 130 2328 7014 or 86 021 6277 4417

Hangzhou, China
2 October
9pm

East Shore

Beijing, China
3 October

Peking University Hall

Ticket Information: http://www.pku.edu.cn

Beijing, China
10-11 October
Delayed until further notice

Venue TBA

265 Davenport Road
Toronto, Canada

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RECORDINGS BY THE DAVID BRAID SEXTET

 

The David Braid Sextet (2001)

VIVID: The David Braid Sextet Live (2004)

Zhen: The David Braid Sextet Live, Vol. II (2006)
 
JUNO AWARD WINNER, 2005
JUNO AWARD NOMINEE, 2007

For other recordings by David Braid, or to purchase a CD click here

Return to: http://www.davidbraid.com