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Musical Performance: Pianist and Composer John Kameel Farah Performs "Unfolding"

Sat, April 10, 2010 9:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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One of Toronto's most creative and eclectic pianists and improvisors, composer John Kameel Farah has gained a diverse audience across several genres, merging modern classical, free improvisation, middle-eastern and forms of electronic dance music into one unified voice.

Read Farah's TimeOut Concert Listing here.

Farah brings his tour-de-force "Unfolding" to his NYC debut; an 80-minute concerto for piano and electronics filled with cascading keyboard work and lush electronic orchestration, that is a winding tour of our interior cultural-musical psyche. A virtuosic keyboardist simultaneously using piano, computer and synthesizer, Farah's performance of "Unfolding" is a symphonic experience, existing somewhere between a classical concert hall, free jazz improv and an experimental DJ set.

Tickets: $15 available at the door or online here (a surcharge applies-use printout as your ticket).

Doors open at 8:30 p.m.

To listen to the music of John Farah, click here and here.
To read press about John Farah, click here.

About the artist:

“I wanted Unfolding to be like my favourite juggernaut classical pieces, something you could listen to hundreds of times because you're always hearing new details ..." (Hour Magazine, 2009).

John Kameel Farah is a Toronto-based composer, pianist, electronic musician and visual artist. Toronto’s NOWs Magazine named his as Best Pianist 2006 for his unique fusion of renaissance and baroque counterpoint, experimental improvisation, middle-eastern texture, ambient minimalism, techno and electro-acoustics, to synthesize an entirely original sound. An artist whose work truly reaches beyond the confines of modern definitions, he has had the unique fortune of being reviewed by the Toronto Star’s classical critic one day, gigging at an avant-garde jazz festival the next, and performing at an underground electronic event a few days later.

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. His concerts are epic, symphonic experiences, existing in a special place somewhere between a classical concert hall and an experimental DJ set at a dance club.

Classically trained in composition and piano performance at the University of Toronto and he Royal Conservatory, John received the Glenn Gould Composition Award twice during his studies. The influences of the classical and avant-garde 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, Breakcore, Dubstep and IDM. he studied Middle-Eastern classical music at Simon Shaheen's Arabic Music Retreat.

John has been interviewed and broadcast by the CBC’s radio programs The Signal, Brave New Waves, Two New Hours and Metro Morning. He performs regularly in Toronto, and has also given concerts in Amsterdam, London, Paris, Hamburg, across Canada, the U.S., Korea, the Middle-East and Mexico. In 2008 he pened for Kid Koala at the Guelph Jazz Festival, and gave 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 and East Jerusalem.

Farah released his new CD Unfolding on Dross:tik Records this summer to rave reviews, followed by a 5-concert tour of England.

Last updated: 2010-04-06 20:26:16

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