October 23 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
Join us for a special evening as this stellar lineup of musicians from Ottawa, Toronto, and Hamilton explore the music of bossa nova from Brazilian and French perspectives. Performing together for the first time in a live concert that could only be made possible through the magic of our platform:
- Diane Nalini (voice)
- Bob Brough (tenor saxophone)
- Adrean Farrugia (piano)
- Dan Fortin (double bass)
- Anthony Michelli (drums)
About the musicians
Jazz singer and songwriter Diane Nalini started singing at the age of three. Born in Montreal to Belgian and Goan parents, she sings and writes songs in four languages (English, French, Portuguese and Spanish). Her multilingual repertoire draws from her lifelong passion for jazz, French Chanson, Brazilian popular song, and great literature. “She captures jazz at its most sophisticated and joyous level,” writes Elle Magazine Canada. “I just love Diane Nalini’s voice. This is a sassy, ‘ripe plum in the Italian sun’ kind of voice… She has such sweet and effortless pitch, it’s beautiful.” (Katie Malloch, CBC radio’s Jazzbeat and Tonic). An accomplished songwriter, composer, and lyricist, Diane has written or co-written songs that have been used in major Hollywood releases, indie films, television shows and video games. Diane has released five wide ranging and warmly received albums, and has given gala performances for President Bill Clinton and Sir Paul McCartney. She was one of two finalists for the UK’s Young Jazz Vocalist of the Year in 2001, and was nominated for the Grand Prix de Jazz General Motors at the 2002 Montreal International Jazz Festival. She has performed in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Malta and South Africa. Her 2009 album Kiss Me Like That, is a collection of 13 songs celebrating humanity’s fascination with the sky. From the title track’s infectious rhythms, to ‘Cuando sale la luna’ – Diane’s sultry ode to the moon, her original compositions on this album are all influenced by the wonders of the sky and stars. Her six original songs are perfectly complemented by classic jazz standards chosen carefully for this project, like “Stardust”, “Skylark”, “They All Laughed”, as well as her intimate interpretations of folk & pop songs such as James Taylor’s “Sweet Baby James” and Sting’s “Valparaiso.”
Bob Brough has been a key member of the Canadian jazz music scene for over 50 years. Having come to prominence in the 1980s with the trailblazing Time Warp, and Jim Galloway’s Wee Big Band, Bob continued with the JUNO award winning Rich Underhill Quintet in the early 2000s. Since 2006, the focus of Mr. Brough’s creative output as an instrumentalist, bandleader and composer has been with his quartet featuring an all star Canadian rhythm section of top Canadian drummer Terry Clarke, pianist Adrean Farrugia, and bassist Artie Roth. His group debuted with “A Decade of Favorites” in 2003, “Like a Spring Day” in 2005, and most recently, “Time Away” in 2008. Charting at # 1 on Chart Attack! and Earshot during it’s first month of release. Selections from these recordings can be heard frequently on Canadian and international radio stations as well as his contributions as a side person on over 30 albums, including Rich Underhill’s JUNO award winning “Tales from The Blue Lounge” in 2003. He is also a busy local player in Toronto, featured in ensembles including The Peter Hill Quintet, The Jive Bombers, The George Koller Quartet, The Laura Hubert Band and The Greg Pilo Quartet. Since the 1980’s, Bob’s sprawling performance career has brought him touring across Canada numerous times, performing in Jazz Festivals with groups including Time Warp, The Richard Underhill Quintet and most recently his own Quartet in 2018. Highlights have included his Quartet opening for Herbie Hancock at the 2004 Ottawa International Jazz Festival, as well as countless appearances at concert and club settings in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Quebec City, Ottawa, Calgary, Halifax, and Edmonton.
Award-winning pianist and composer Adrean Farrugia began playing piano at the age of 12. By age 16 he recognized that he would dedicate his life to music. Since then he has become recognized as one of Canada’s most sought after pianists and composers, having shared the music he loves globally with various bands across Canada, the United States, London UK, Paris, Tokyo, Tel Aviv, Australia, Poland, and The Netherlands with artists such as Ernie Watts, Sheila Jordan, Brad Goode, Cyrille Aimee, Matt Dusk, Molly Johnson, Joel Frahm, Ernesto Cervini, The Worst Pop Band Ever and others. Adrean serves on the faculties of Mohawk College and Humber College and has conducted masterclasses and workshops for students at the University of Colorado at Boulder, the Sydney Conservatorium, the Polish Jazz Society Summer Workshop, and the University of Toronto. Adrean has played on more than 40 albums to date garnering 2 Juno awards, 8 Juno award nominations, a Mark Award for ‘Best Production Music Artist’ from the Production Music Association of America, ‘Pianist of the Year’ at the Hamilton Arts Awards, and a nomination for the Ontario Arts Council’s Louis Applebaum Composer’s Award. Adrean believes that music is a powerful form of communication that has the power to heal and inspire both the performer and the listener, as well as revealing a higher sense of being which exists in all people, and it is this belief that drives his continued journey and commitment to musical growth and sharing. Adrean Farrugia is endorsed by Shigeru Kawai Pianos.
Dan Fortin was born and raised in Peterborough, Ontario. His eclectic tastes and stylistic flexibility have led to work with a wide variety of artists in the jazz, rock and pop worlds, including Bernice, The Allison Au Quartet, Queer Songbook Orchestra, Emilie-Claire Barlow, John Southworth, Serena Ryder, July Talk, Devon Sproule, Mike O’Neill, Bryn Roberts, David Occhipinti, Tara Davidson, Harley Card, Michael Davidson, Alex Goodman, and many others. He’s been lucky enough to play at a number of great venues, including Cafe Oto, 55 Bar, Smalls, SFJAZZ Center, the Monterey Jazz Festival, Sunset/Sunside, JazzDock, Jamboree, Jimmy Glass, and Koerner Hall. Dan is a co-leader of the trio MYRIAD3, along with pianist Chris Donnelly and drummer Ernesto Cervini. Together, they’ve released five albums for Alma Records: Tell (2012), The Where (2014 – Juno nominee), Tell((Chip)) (2015 – Donnelly’s electronic reimagining of their debut record), Moons, (2016), and Vera (2018.) They have undertaken several tours of Canada, the USA, Europe, and Japan, including performances at the Tokyo Jazz Festival and Ronnie Scott’s International Piano Trio Festival (London, UK. In 2015, Dan released BRINKS, his debut album as a leader on Fresh Sound/New Talent Records. The critically acclaimed record features his long time collaborators David French, Michael Davidson, and Fabio Ragnelli, and includes 10 of his songs. His most recent release is The Latest Tech, an album of music for solo double bass, released on Elastic Recordings, the imprint he started with vibraphonist Michael Davidson. Dan is on faculty at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music, where he teaches bass in the Jazz Studies department.
Anthony Michelli, the Canadian born and internationally respected professional has fostered a creative and successful career in the music industry as an accomplished drum set performer, post-secondary educator and sound recording engineer and producer. Anthony has recorded and collaborated with innumerable artists in the contemporary jazz, original composition, world, popular and creative music genres spanning from 1995 to the present day with well over one hundred recordings listed in his discography. As the proprietor of Salem House Studio he is involved in producing, tracking, mixing, editing and mastering full recording projects in addition to drum and percussion tacking for other artists.