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Ellen Meyer is one of Ontario’s most in-demand collaborative pianists. Possessing a large and varied repertoire, she has performed across Canada, the U.S., including Carnegie Hall, multiple times in Germany, Italy and Spain, as a soloist and chamber musician.

Ellen has performed with notable artists such as Ricardo Morales, Julian Bliss, Peter Sheridan, David Hetherington and Peter Stoll, and collaborated with participants in masterclasses conducted by Karl Leister, Sabine Meyer, James Campbell and Christopher Millard, amongst many others.

She has been heard on upwards of 15 CDs, including Twelve By The Moon-dial and Foliage with the Riverdale Ensemble, several with Cantores Celestes Women’s Choir, and Mit Ausdruck with Ossia on historical keyboard.

Ellen has also recorded film scores for feature film and documentaries. She has been broadcast on CBC,CTV, MuchMusic, Bravo, TVO and WNED.

In her spare time, Ellen writes wryly about her unconventional experiences as a collaborative musician, on her page “The Life of Pi-anist.”

www.pianoslave.com

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The After Hours Big Band has become a vital member of the York Region music scene.

Started some twelve years ago by Newmarket Citizens Band bandsman, Jack Savage, the band was originally a collection of NCB members who wanted to play jazz and swing repertoire after their regular community band rehearsals, hence the name. While still joyously celebrating the Golden Age of 1930s and 1940s swing the band has expanded its horizons and now also draws inspiration from the best of more contemporary composers and arrangers.

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More recently, and with demonstrable success, the AHBB has added a vocalist and is working with its knowledgeable music director, trombonist and noted arranger, Dr. Michael Kearns. With steady contributions from its five saxophones, four trombones, five trumpets and a pulsating rhythm section, this dance band can make any occasion swing.

This band has appeared at such highly-rated events as the Aurora Jazz+ Music Festival, the Newmarket Riverwalk Commons Music in the Park, the Unionville Big Band Festival and numerous fund-raisers in York Region to universal and enthusiastic acclaim.

For more information call: Stephen Harper @ (905) 868-8460 or email : stephar1@sympatico.ca.


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