Duo: Sam Kirmayer & Peter Hum
May 9 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
Montreal guitarist Sam Kirmayer and Ottawa pianist Peter Hum meet up on the Internet for an hour of freewheeling and swinging jazz.
Guitarist and composer Sam Kirmayer, plays with “fearlessness and momentum”– Katie Malloch (CBC Jazz Beat & Tonic). One of CBC Music’s picks for the “35 best Canadian jazz musicians under 35”, his playing has been described as “sharp and clean melodic lines peppered with exquisite chording and comping… never overstated and always expressed with good taste”– C. Michael Bailey (All About Jazz). He has released two recordings as a leader, Opening Statement (Chromatic Audio 2017), and High and Low (Cellar Live, 2018). The latter features acclaimed New York based organist Ben Paterson and was a finalist for the Prix Opus for Jazz Album of the Year. He has performed across Canada with his own groups and remains an in demand sideman in Montreal, working with many of the city’s finest musicians including Kevin Dean, André White, Laura Anglade and more. When not performing, Sam is active as an educator, teaching guitar privately and Jazz History at Concordia University. He holds degrees in Jazz Performance from McGill University and the University of Montreal and has been the recipient of many awards and scholarships from Vanier College, McGill University and the University of Montreal.
Born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, Peter Hum has been a mainstay of the city’s jazz community for almost three decades. He has released three albums of original modern mainstream jazz. His latest recording, Ordinary Heroes, a collection of 10 compositions that respond to today’s social and political tumult, was released online in the fall of 2019 thanks to grants from the Ontario Arts Council and City of Ottawa. Previously, Peter released his second album, Alpha Moment in 2015, and his debut recording, A Boy’s Journey, in 2010. Peter counts himself very fortunate to have performed with such Canadian jazz legends as Sonny Greenwich, Phil Nimmons, Pat LaBarbera and Reg Schwager. Over the years, Peter’s own projects have included such esteemed colleagues as the saxophonists Kenji Omae, Joel Miller, Frank Lozano and Mike Allen, guitarist Mike Rud and Roddy Ellias, and drummer Ted Warren, Dave Laing, Dave Robbins and Andre White.
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