SOLD OUT // The Smith Sessions Presents: Bitches Brew

Saturday, April 28, 2018
Event Title: SOLD OUT // The Smith Sessions Presents: Bitches Brew
  • Region: Ontario
  • Venue / Location: Canadian Music Centre, 20 St. Joseph Street
  • Time: 8:00pm
  • Price: $20.00
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You can watch the livestream of the concert which begins at 8:00 pm EST

Curated by Aline Homzy, The Smith Sessions Presents: Bitches Brew presents female-led groups performing original music in a listening room. The goal is the normalization of women in leadership roles, in the context of jazz and improvised music; naming the concert “The Smith Sessions Presents: Bitches Brew” is an acknowledgment of the ground-breaking work Emma Smith has done in Edinburgh (Scotland) to present a regular series of female-lead groups. From Emma Smith’s website, Bitches Brew is: “... a night of music written / improvised and performed by some of the best female instrumentalists around. Flying in the face of reports that all-female bands are often seen by bookers and agents as novelty acts, and that more than one in a night would just be over-kill, Emma presents a gloriously eclectic night of music which celebrates the mind- blowing variety of talent playing, dancing and pushing boundaries of creative music”.

The concert will consist of four 30-minute sets with a small 10-minute changeover between each group. The four leaders will present new music written for groups that they have worked with before or have formed exclusively for this project.

A TD Discovery Series Special Project

About the artists

Aline Homzy is a classical and jazz award-winning violinist and composer. From Montreal but living in Toronto, Aline is in high-demand as an improvising violinist and as a session player in Canada. She co-leads a jazz-manouche group called Les Petits Nouveaux, which have found international success having performed at jazz festivals in Europe, the U.S.A. and Canada. She also composes music for big band, string quartet and pop ensembles. She is a recipient of numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and has received prizes and awards for her compositions, recordings, musicianship and for her project with the Homzy/Kesler Duo. Aline’s most important Toronto-based performances and collaborations have been with David Occhipinti, Michael Davidson and Andrew Downing. She has also performed or recorded with Guido Basso, Barry Harris, Ben Wendel, Danilo Perez and many more. Aline has recently spent some time in Europe studying with Aki Takase and Mairi Campbell. She has most recently played at the Daigu Jazz Festival in South Korea as a guest with the group Djül led by bassist Yongwon Cho. Aline has a small but humble violin studio where she teaches her pupils how to play the violin and improvise while getting the younger generation to think about social causes through music.

Anh Phung is a multi-genre instrumentalist based in Toronto, Ontario. With flute as her primary instrument, she received a BMus in Jazz Performance from McGill University in 2012 and has continued to tour, perform, and record in a number of different genres and areas. Her performances have ranged from being a soloist with L'Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec under Yoav Talmi, to playing with members of the AACM in tribute to Alice Coltrane on the Jay Pritzger Pavilion in Chicago's Millennium Park, to performing at Osheaga Festival in Montreal with electro-pop band, Propofol, to playing traditional Swedish polskas for Folk Marathon's big ball in Copenhagen. Phung has won numerous awards throughout her career, notably 1st place at the Canadian Music Competition and the Galaxy Rising Star Award for two consecutive years at MusicFest Canada. Phung continues to freelance as a performer and studio musician, as well as write music and tour with her latest project, HaiRbraIN.

Emma Smith studied double bass at the Royal College of Music where she was trained in classical double bass technique and repertoire. Building on the language of classical music, and exploring the story-telling aspect of folk music from different parts of the world, Emma has forged a career as a composer and improviser which has seen her headlining Glastonbury and playing Madison Square Gardens with the Gorillaz on the Plastic Beach World Tour, as well as touring extensively with Eliza Carthy. Emma now produces Bitches Brew, where she showcases the best in female instrumental improvising talent, runs the highly creative band of improvisers Kikazaru and composes, performs and improvises with her duo ma. In 2016 Emma joined Musicians without Borders, using music in post-conflict areas to “bridge divides, connect communities, and heal the wounds of war”.

Hailing from Santiago de Cuba, drummer/percussionist Magdelys Savigne graduated with honours in orchestral percussion from Havana’s University of The Arts. A JUNO-winner and GRAMMY nominated artist with Jane Bunnett & Maqueque, Magdelys is also an integral part of The Battle of Santiago (2018 JUNO nominated) and Bill King's Rhythm Express.