Saturday, January 9, 2016
7:30 PM – SOLD OUT!
Piano Tuning Donated by Hélène Vigeant
Bill McBirnie – flute
Mark Ferguson – piano
John Geggie – bass
‘This is a rare (indeed, Bill’s first) appearance in Ottawa under his own name.’
Bill McBirnie has achieved something decidedly unlikely for a Canadian flute player, raised in the small town of Port Colborne, Ontario. Despite an unremarkable musical beginning, he has succeeded in attaining an international standing as one of today’s foremost jazz and Latin flutists.
Bill’s longstanding commitment to the instrument has earned him consistently unequivocal acclaim and awards, both here in Canada and abroad; including Flutist of the Year (Jazz Report Awards), a “triple crown” winner in all three of the Jazz Flute (1) Soloist, (2) Masterclass and (3) Big Band Competitions (National Flute Association in the USA), Best Jazz Album (Toronto Independent Music Awards) and a nomination for Best Jazz Album (Independent Music Awards in the USA).
As a testimony to his noteworthy place in the international flute community, Bill was solicited personally by the esteemed classical flutist, Sir James Galway (with whom he has performed) to serve as Sir James’ resident Jazz Flute Specialist at Sir James’ official web site.