As expected, Art of Time Ensemble truly closed their 2012-2013 season on a high note at the Enwave Theatre, located in the heart of Toronto’s waterfront: Harbourfront Centre.
The closing concert, Songbook 7: Madeleine Peyroux, was originally set for one night only, Friday May 31st, but another date had to be added, Saturday June 1st, due to the popularity of the Songbook concert series, and of course, due to the presence and high artistic stature of Ms. Peyroux.
Since being created by renowned classical pianist and Artistic Director Andrew Burashko, Art of Time Ensemble -a very unique artistic ensemble- has built a solid reputation as one of the most innovative and artistically accomplished music ensembles in Canada. Fifteen diverse seasons of experimentation and new ways of blending classical music with the most varied musical genres and other art forms are a testament to their quality and their well-deserved reputation.
The concept behind the successful Songbook series is inviting a well-known singer to select and perform contemporary songs from twelve favourite artists. The songs chosen by the guest artist are then arranged by some of Canada’s top composers. There’s a process of equal collaboration between the singer, the composer/arranger and the ensemble’s artistic director that results in a once in a lifetime concert experience. The songs are recreated in a way that preserves their essence, their original spirit.
On the 7th installment of the Songbook series, world renowned jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux performed, to the delight of the audience, an eclectic mix of songs that included Billy Joel’s My Life; Leonard Cohen’s Dance Me To The End Of Love; Elvis Presley’s Can’t Help Falling In Love; Antonio Carlos Jobim’s Chega de Saudade; Jacques Brel’s Voir Un Ami Pleurer and Johnny Mercer’s Accentuate The Positive. This last piece was performed for a second time to close a magnificent night at Enwave Theatre, as the audience demanded an encore from the artists, awarding them with a well-deserved standing ovation.
Ms. Peyroux was accompanied on stage by Andrew Burashko on piano, Benjamin Bowman on violin, Rachel Mercer on cello, Robert Carli on saxophone, Rob Piltch on guitar and Joseph Phillips on bass. All of them recognized, top-notch Canadian artists coming from both, classical and jazz worlds.
Photographs by Atael Weissman / Review by Danilo Navas
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