Petr Cancura, Rob Garcia & Matt Pavolka TRIO

Rob Garcia Matt Pavolka Petr Cancura Trio

July 22,2016
$20 – 7:30 PM (
doors open at 7:00 PM)

ROB GARCIA – drums
PETR CANCURA – Saxophone

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Brooklyn goes Ottawa at Gigspace on July 22nd. Good friends, collaborators and sought after musicians will play a concert of original music. Brooklyn drummer Rob Garcia and bassist Matt Pavolka, with formerly Brooklyn and now Ottawa’s Petr Cancura team up for their take on this classic instrumental arrangement of saxophone-bass-drums.

ROB GARCIA – drums
“A prime mover in the current Brooklyn jazz scene” (Time Out-New York) and “one of New York’s great jazz drummers and composers.” (Capital New York), Rob Garcia continues to be a strong presence in the New York and international jazz scene as a sideman and bandleader. He has collaborated with such stellar artists as Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Wynton Marsalis, Diana Krall, Myra Melford, Joseph Jarman, Anat Cohen, Vince Giordano, Reggie Workman, Bill McHenry, and Wycliffe Gordon. He has played on over 40 albums including Grammy winners.
Rob has released 6 critically acclaimed albums as a bandleader which feature such artists as Noah Preminger, Dan Tepfer, Gary Versace, Joe Martin, John Hebert, Dave Kikoski and Mike Formanek. His CD, “Perennial” (BJUR 012) was in the “10 Best Jazz Albums of 2009” in the New York Observer. His most recent album “Finding Love In An Oligarchy On A Dying Planet” (Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records) includes some special guests including jazz legend Joe Lovano and vocal sensation Kate McGarry. His group has performed at venues such as The Ottawa Jazz Festival, The Toronto Jazz Festival, Iridium, Kitano, Smalls, The Rex, Cornelia Street Cafe, Firehouse 12. and has toured in Europe. Rob has also received grants from Meet The Composer, DCA and NYSCA to support his performances.
Rob has also been a major force in artist-run jazz organizations. He is the founder and artistic director of Connection Works, a member of the Brooklyn Jazz Underground and a founding member of the Douglass Street Music Collective.


For fifteen years bassist/composer Matt Pavolka has been a vital force in the New York Jazz and Creative Music scenes. A partial list of musicians and bands that he has performed with includes Lee Konitz, Paul Motian, Guillermo Klein, Chris Cheek, Kevin Hayes, Ben Monder, House of Illusion, Pete McCann, Nate Radley, Rob Garcia, Noah Preminger, Josh Roseman’s Extended Constellations, Dave Binney, The Ryan Scott Orchestra, Magalie Souriou, Elysian Fields, Joe Beck, J. Geils, Tony Malaby, Bill McHenry, Matt Renzi and Ohad Talmor’s Newsreel. He has toured extensively in the United States, Europe and Japan and can be heard on many recordings, including releases from Magalie Souriou, Guillermo Klein, Marlon Browdon, Barcode merge field was not found in header record of data source., Nate Radley, Noah Preminger and House of Illusion. He composes music for and leads three bands of his own: The Matt Pavolka Band, The Horns Band and Pavogüchi and performs regularly in the New York Area and abroad with all three of them. He has released two albums as a leader, “Something People Can Use”, on Tone Of A Pitch Records and “The Horns Band” on the Fresh Sounds, New Talent label and is in the process of releasing a third with Pavogüchi, his duo project with bassist Masa Kamaguchi.

Pavolka grew up in Bloomington, Indiana. He began playing the trombone at an early age and studied with David Baker before heading to Boston to attend the Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship as a trombonist at age 18. He switched his major to bass in his first year there and was awarded an outstanding performance award on that instrument as well as the Charles Mingus Award for his work as a composer. He moved to New York in 1994.

In addition to his work as a performing musician, composer and bandleader, he is active as a music educator. From 2000 until 2009 he taught music in New York City Public schools as a teaching artist through the Project Arts program. He currently gives private intruction to students at Hunter College and The New School and substitutes regularly for jazz ensemble classes at Queens College and The New School.

Petr Cancura – Saxophone

Growing up in the rich cultural environment of eastern Europe, Petr Cancura was drawn to music at a young age as a pianist. In his new home in Ottawa, Petr had a stint with the guitar before finding his true passion, the saxophone. The desire to traverse styles came early on in his career. Based in Ottawa, Petr worked as a jazz saxophonist as well as touring and recording with such artists as JUNO Award winning Mighty Popo and Kathleen Edwards.
In his twenties, Petr relocated to Boston where he got a chance to record and perform with jazz stars Danilo Perez, Joe Morris, Bob Moses. At this time Petr begun to reconnect with his Czech roots, delving into Balkan and Roma music. Two years later with a Masters in Music from the New England Conservatory in hand, Petr Cancura moved to New York City where he has spent the last decade with like-minded musical collaborators. Petr picked up the mandolin at this time in addition to the saxophone and begun exploring his long-lasting love of Bluegrass and Blues.
Always seeking to redefine his musical voice, Petr’s third album as a leader Down Home, earned him a JUNO nomination as well as an Independent Music Award. His band includes young stars Richie Barshay, Kirk Knuffke, Brain Drye and Garth Stevenson as well as frequent guests Kenny Wollesen and Jeremy Udden. Petr has explored jazz, improvising and roots music with these and other musicians including Julian Lage, Jacek Kochan, Joe Maneri, The Ghost Train Orchestra, Nationbeat, Aretha Franklin and Jamie Cullum.
Petr Cancura serves as the Programming Manager at the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival, an Artist In Residence at Carleton University for the year 2015-16 and curator and musical direcot of the National Arts Center’s Crossroads Series.