Friday December 4, 2015
7:30 PM – $20
- PayPal $21 includes $1 credit card fee. Your receipt is your ticket plus we will have a record of your purchase at the front desk.
- It this option does not work for you just give us a call 613-729-0693 or drop in during Alcorn Music Studios open hours (click link) to buy a ticket.
- Tickets available at the door on concert night unless the concert is listed as sold out. Call and check! 613-729-0693
“Megan Jerome’s fifth record is called Together Ensemble, and it’s as imaginative and emotional as her music has always been — but the new recordings radiate with a fuller, more textured sound. Jerome developed that sound alongside the album’s namesake, The Together Ensemble — a band she put together with a few of the city’s best players: Don Cummings on organ, Fred Guignon on guitar, and Mike Essoudry (Megan’s husband) on drums. The album spans a range of styles and moods, but Megan and the band never sound out of their element — on the contrary, Together Ensemble is a fitting title for music that feels so comfortable and effortless.” – Jessica Runciman, CBC Ottawa
It’s the Together Ensemble – the full band!! We’re going to squeeze in! I’ll be playing the amazing new piano there and everyone will be all cozy-cozy!!
Megan Jerome – piano and voice
Fred Guignon – guitar
Don Cummings – organ
Mike Essoudry – drums
Megan Jerome: Drawing from a musical life of family singsongs and formal training in classical and jazz piano, Megan Jerome has created a soulful and eclectic approach to singing, playing piano, arranging and songwriting. Her songs have been described as bold, intimate, and full of light!
Her previous four self-produced albums have delighted critics and audiences alike, while topping CBC and community radio station charts across Canada and earning her a Galaxie Rising Star Award. For the fifth and newest album she has put together a brand-new band with new songs and a whole new feel.
This new band, the Together Ensemble, wraps her voice and piano in a lush instrumentation of guitar (Fred Guignon), organ (Don Cummings) and drums (Mike Essoudry). Tempos are deep and hypnotic, the dynamic range is wide, and the band envelops each song like a glowing malleable cloud. The effect is tangible and spiritual—the songs are at once orchestral and minimal, invoking warm, abstract colours and drawing from traditional gospel, stoner jazz and meditative classical music.
A charming, entertaining and richly satisfying performer, Megan connects with artists and audiences in all kinds of spaces – from art galleries, clubs and taverns to some of Canada’s major jazz, blues and folk festivals, to New York City’s Rockwood Music Hall. In the words of one fan, “It is not just her incredible musical talent, but her laughter, her story telling, her light that is so memorable.”
Here is what others have said . . .
“Megan wears her heart on her sleeve when she sings but is not afraid to look you in the eyes as she does it. Her songs, her lyrics and her performance tell stories that draw you in. She has an ability to connect to the audience and make you a part of it.” Petr Cancura, Ottawa Jazz festival programming manager and acclaimed multi–instrumentalist
“Listening to Ottawa’s own Megan Jerome, it’s clear that this is an artist carving her own path, drawing from a broad palette of influences while bravely averting imitation. Her delivery is much like her lyrics, disarmingly honest and inevitably charming and her joy in performing is infectious. It’ll be a treat to hear Jerome’s songs in a new light with a band featuring some of the city’s best musicians” Chrissy Steinbock, Ottawa Blog Apt613