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The Second Shorter Way
February 18 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST
Although Wayne Shorter was a standout sideman in bands led by exceptional musical leaders such as Maynard Ferguson, Art Blakey, and Miles Davis, he became a great leader in his own right as well as being widely known for his role in the band Weather Report.
One year after presenting The Shorter Way on syncspace.live, Ottawa guitarist Justin Duhaime is back to lead another tribute to the great Wayne Shorter. This time he’s joining forces with a stellar Toronto rhythm section with pianist Adrean Farrugia, bassist Michael Herring, and drummer Tim Shia. This is sure to be an energetic and electrifying set performing Shorter’s fantastic music.
Stuck at home and wishing you could be out together with friends? Purchase a BRING A FRIEND ticket and sit together in our virtual venue at your own table where you can chat while watching the show together. Or watch separately on YouTube. Either way, after the show, come into the virtual venue to meet the musicians in one of our many virtual bars.
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About the musicians
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.
Michael Herring is a double-bassist and composer based in Toronto who writes, performs and records across genre lines, equally comfortable in jazz as in roots settings, including folk, world, and pop/rock. Herring leads and co-leads a number of groups which focus on original music of which he is a major contributor. Herring’s compositions and bass playing can also be heard in the collectives Way North (New York/Toronto collaboration with Petr Cancura, Rebecca Hennessy and Richie Barshay). Herring has toured and recorded with such great musicians as Kevin Breit, Michael Ward-Bergeman (New Orleans), Ab Baars (ICP/Amsterdam), Ken Vandermark, Dave Clark, David Braid, Mansa Sissoko (Mali, Africa), Bucky Pizzarelli, Percy Sledge, and Ernest Ranglin. He received a Chalmers Arts Fellowship (through the Ontario Arts Council) and used it for an extended stay in New York City.
Whether it be a jazz festival gig with Rich Underhill; winning a Trille Or with Amelie et Les Singes Bleus; playing Cumbia’s with Quique Escamilla on CBC; adding percussion on a Electronica recording with Milosh (Rhye); to headlining a Hip Hop festival in Taiwan with LEO37, Tim Shia has been fortunate enough to play with a host of Juno and Grammy Award winning musicians in an array of genres. As a bandleader, Tim’s own group, the critically acclaimed, Worst Pop Band Ever, has packed festivals and clubs across North America and Asia from St John’s to Seattle, NYC to Taipei. They’ve recorded and/or shared stages with Elizabeth Shepherd, the Bad Plus and Brad Goode. His other original projects include Shiverbeck and Robot Cops. When he’s not performing, Tim has scored and licensed music for film and television including work for CBC, the Toronto Public Library, Teletoon and the NFB. He has given masterclasses and workshops on performance and improvisation at every level from Elementary to Post Secondary Institutions across Canada. He also hosted a radio show on Jazz Fm 91.1 called “Jazz is What?!”