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JOHN FARAH, TIM TURVEY ENSEMBLE, SHERLOCKE GROOVE: Wednesday, June 11th:PJC


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This will be a funky night of Jazz and Experimental music,

~Wednesday, June 11th~

SHURELOCK GROOVE

JOHN FARAH(B3 Organ, DnB)

http://www.johnfarah.com

http://www.myspace.com/jkfarah

http://www.cbc.ca/radio2/singleConcert.html?20071212farah

TIM TURVEY ENSEMBLE

http://www.turvey.ca.

$8, 10pm

www.pepperjackcafe.com

38 King William St. Hamilton

(905)525-6666

John Farah

John Kameel Farah is a Toronto composer, pianist, electronic musician and visual artist, fusing the music worlds of renaissance and baroque counterpoint, improvisation, Middle-Eastern texture, ambient minimalism, techno and electro-acoustics, to synthesize an entirely original sound. A virtuosic keyboardist simultaneously using piano, synthesizer sound sculpture, computer sequencing, and at times even harpsichord and organ, his creative efforts are fueled by exchanges of energies on a galactic and microscopic scale. In an effort to see the larger picture, his music draws upon an interest in history, mythology, painting and psychology to help deepen his understanding of life and the human condition. Classically trained in composition and piano performance at the University of Toronto and the Royal Conservatory, John received the Glenn Gould Composition Award twice during his studies. The influences of the classical and modern composers whose works he performed can be felt in his music, mixing with forays into free improvisation, minimalism, jazz, electro-acoustics, eastern scales, ambient and genres of electronic dance music such as drum & bass, IDM. In 1999, after meeting minimalist composer/pianist Terry Riley in NYC, he had private lessons at his home in the Sierra Nevada mountains in California and on two occasions he studied Middle-Eastern classical music at the Arabic Music Retreat in Hartford. In 1998 he performed the complete solo piano works of Arnold Schoenberg in Toronto. He has been interviewed and broadcast by the CBC’s radio programs The Signal, Brave New Waves, Two New Hours and Metro Morning. Also a prolific visual artist, his drawings have been presented at solo and group exhibitions, recently being the Visual-Artist-In-Residence at the Trane Studio jazz club in Toronto. Farah performs regularly in Toronto, and has also given concerts in Paris, Boston, Vancouver, Montreal, Vermont, the Middle-East and Mexico, this year giving a concert atop the Aztec Great Pyramid of Cholula with galactic visuals created by astronomer John Dubinski. In 1999 and 2002 he visited the Edward Said National Conservatory in the West Bank, giving performances and masterclasses in Ramallah, East Jerusalem Toronto’s NOW Magazine named his as Best Pianist 2006.

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