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December 31, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST
Join us to welcome in the new year of 2022 and celebrate one year of incredible concerts at syncspace.live. Featuring a fantastic quintet of musicians performing live from various locations across Ontario and Quebec:
- Diane Nalini, vocals, performing from Ottawa
- Mark Ferguson, piano, performing from Ottawa
- David Renaud, woodwinds, performing from Gatineau
- Michael Herring, double bass, performing from Toronto
- Anthony Michelli, drums, performing from Toronto
For a full-screen viewing experience, watch the concert live (or watch the recording later) on YouTube. This will work on most devices including computers and mobile devices. You can also “throw” the video to your Apple TV or smart TV for the ultimate big-screen experience.
For an immersive experience, use a Mac or PC computer with a webcam and headphones to watch the show in our virtual venue with friends or family where you can sit at your own table and chat with each other while watching the livestream together. Note that there are a limited number of tables in the virtual venue. The venue will open 30 minutes before the show.
Whether you watch on YouTube or in the virtual venue, after the show, visit the virtual venue to hang out in one of the virtual bars and meet the band and other audience members.
With this concert, syncspace celebrates its first year of operations, enabling professional artists all over the world to keep rehearsing, teaching, recording, and performing, despite social distancing or travel restrictions. This will be our 78th live concert this year. In 2021 we paid artists over $40,000 for performing at our virtual venue.
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. She has released five critically-acclaimed albums, including her most recent, Future Perfect.
Mark Ferguson has performed with many of the world’s great artists including Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Gil Evans, Nelson Riddle, Dionne Warwick, Natalie Cole, Tom Jones, Rosemary Clooney, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Gino Vanelli, Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass, Holly Cole, Manteca, The Funk Brothers and the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Mark is a Faculty Lecturer (jazz, trombone) at McGill University, a Performance Instructor (Jazz Piano/Trombone)/ Sessional Lecturer at Carleton University and is active as a jazz clinician at high schools and universities across Canada.
David Renaud is an Ottawa-based clarinet player and multi-instrumentalist. He is a regular performer and busy freelancer performing for festivals, pit work, studio, clubs, private and corporate events. Dave performs for National Arts Centre Pops concerts, and covers a multitude of doubles for theatre pit orchestras. For 35 years he has been immersed in a diverse and rich musical life performing swing, jazz, theatre, orchestral, and studio. He has written music for solo, choral, duos, small ensemble, and big band. With the release of First Love, and its sequel, Encore, Dave partnered with the great Canadian jazz veteran Brian Browne to produce a lyrical, creative, and beautiful jazz collection of standards. Dave is currently working on his third album which will feature all-original music. Dave is the clarinet professor for Carleton Universities music department.
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.
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.