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Noam Lemish 12tet Album Release Concert

Pianist-composer Noam Lemish celebrates the release of his latest album, Twelve by leading a formidable jazz 12tet, presenting a captivating set of original compositions. This chamber-sized jazz orchestra – a nimble, yet powerful ensemble – features a stellar cast that includes many of Canada’s most prominent jazz artists. Growing up “in-between” cultures and places, having lived for extended periods in Israel, the United States and now Canada, Lemish’s music fuses an array of disparate influences and traditions. In Twelve, Lemish and his orchestra distill this integrated, transcultural musical life into a compelling, poignant, and joyful artistic statement.

The evening’s performance showcases Lemish’s distinct and innovative voice as a composer and pianist. The pieces that comprise Twelve stretch the conventional boundaries of the jazz idiom in more ways than one. Pushing jazz structures in new directions, the works showcase inventive, long-form, through-composed music that seamlessly integrates soaring melodies, exquisite large ensemble writing and orchestration with stunning improvised solos. Owing to Lemish’s multi-cultural upbringing and life experiences, the compositions also reveal a musical vision that embraces genre-bending as an essential feature. Lemish’s music effortlessly blends his rootedness in jazz and western art music with the musical influences of his Israeli childhood and Eastern-European Jewish heritage.

The orchestra assembled by Lemish for this performance features an All-Star band from Canada’s contemporary jazz scene, made-up of multiple JUNO award winning musicians: Mike Murley and Kelly Jefferson (tenor sax and soprano sax), Allison Au (alto sax), Kevin Turcotte and Jim Lewis (trumpet), William Carn and Karl Silveira (trombone), Ted Quinlan (guitar), Mark Duggan (vibraphone), Laura Swankey (vocals), Andrew Downing (bass), and Derek Gray (drums). Each of these acclaimed artists display their deep musicality and breathtaking virtuosity at every turn. JUNO award winning trombonist/composer/arranger and long-time member of Rob McConnell’s Boss Brass, Terry Promane, serves as musical director and conductor.

Saturday, January 21, 2023
McLean Performance Studio

The Ensemble:
Noam Lemish (pianist / composer)
Terry Promane (musical director / conductor)
Mike Murley and Kelly Jefferson (tenor sax and soprano sax)
Allison Au (alto sax)
Kevin Turcotte and Jim Lewis (trumpet)
William Carn and Karl Silveira (trombone)
Ted Quinlan (guitar)
Mark Duggan (vibraphone)
Laura Swankey (vocals)
Andrew Downing (bass)
Derek Gray (drums)

**Please note: As this is a small, artist-run event, no refunds will be available.

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Jan 21 2023


7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


McLean Performance Studio | 244 Accolade East @ 4700 Keele St, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
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