Roddy Ellias & Petr Cancura


October 28, 2016
7:30 PM – $20

   Credit card payment is $21 and includes $1 credit card fee. Your receipt is your ticket plus we will have a record of your purchase at the front desk. If this option does not work for you please call GigSpace/Alcorn Music Studios :613-729-0693

Petr Cancura and Roddy Ellias love playing together and in what better format to connect than a duet at GigSpace! Both have a close musical bond and love to go where the music takes them. You can expect some original music, a few standards and lots of adventurous improvising!

Guitarist, composer, performer, improviser — Roddy Ellias draws from so many musical influences his work defies labels. As each piece unfolds it tells its own unique story — eclectic, intense, rhythmic, powerful, and ultimately human.”

Guitarist:  One of Canada’s most respected guitarists, Roddy Ellias is equally at home with contemporary new music, jazz, or classical repertoire. His dynamism as an artist and his consistent pursuit of harmonic and melodic adventure have made him a consummate musician. Known for his energetic performances and his thoughtful renditions of both new and existing works, he continues to surprise and delight his audiences. Last year he set the stage on fire in a series of duets with other guitarists, including Vic Juris, Gene Bertoncini, Lorne Lofsky, and David Occhipinti, showcasing his versatility and his generosity as a performer.

Performer: It is impossible to listen to Roddy Ellias perform and sit still. Reviewers have described Roddy as “genius (Bud Freeman), “positively brilliant” (Bill McBirnie) and “exquisite …the kind of subtlety you don’t often hear…anywhere.”(Mark Miller). Whichever way you describe it, Roddy is a compelling performer, whether on solo guitar, grooving with the band, or collaborating with other performers in a two-way musical conversation. He has been an active performer since 1969, touring both Canada and the United States as well as Europe and Mexico. Roddy has shared the stage with artists as wide ranging as Lee Konitz, Kenny Wheeler, Tom Harrel, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Nat Adderley, Slide Hampton, Cleo Laine, Pepper Adams, Lew Tabakin, Michel Donato, Mel Torme, Bud Freeman, PJ Perry, Rob McConnell, the Montreal Symphony, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and Michel Legrand.

Improviser:  As an improviser, Roddy is one hot player, known for taking the music to unexpected places. The American guitarist and writer Matthew Warnock describes him this way: “as close to being a Zen master on the guitar as he can be.” Soulful, melodic, and compositional solos are his trademark, as well as a generous and sometimes mischievous spirit that brings out the best in the musicians he performs with.

Composer: Roddy’s eclectic tastes in music and his wildly varied musical influences are reflected in the scope of his compositions. Roddy has written some of the most complex work ever created for guitar: his sonata “Emptying” remains one of the most beautiful and technically taxing pieces to enter the solo guitar repertoire. But he has also written for voice, marimba, clarinet, flute, harp, string quartet, kanun, oud, and the French horn. Whale Spirit Rising for string orchestra and baritone saxophone, recorded by I Musici and David Mott on the Chandos label, is a mystical and stirring rendition of whale song, featuring both notated score and space for improvisation. When the American virtuoso violinist Anne Akiko Meyers heard one of his pieces she was so moved she commissioned him to write “Acts of Light” for violin and piano, which she performed at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival. Both his jazz and new music compositions are heard on radio around the world. Current projects include the recording of a new song cycle with soprano Donna Brown, a CD of original compositions with flautist Guy Pelletier for the True North record label, and a new solo guitar album in the works.

Petr Cancura: Born in Eastern Europe, brought up in the wilderness of the Great White North, and later thrusting into the urban Jungle of New York City, it is no surprise that Petr Cancura’s musical pallet is as wide as it is. A saxophonist with a vast knowledge of Jazz, Balkan, African and American folk traditions, Petr performs on banjo and mandolin as well as on the medium format black & white camera… all of which influences each other into a Roots Song & Improvising music machine with a visual sensibility.

“the saxophonist takes jazz back to a rural place… It’s as if the windows have been thrown open to allow a deep breath of music to flow through the jazz house.” Mark Corroto, All About Jazz

Petr Cancura has performed with Grammy-nominated Danilo Perez, Grammy-nominated Julian Lage, Bob Moses, Joe Morris, Jacek Kochan, Kathleen Edwards, Kenny Wollesen, Joe Maneri, Cecil McBee and the Juno award-winning Mighty Popo. He is currently performing as part of the Ghost Train Orchestra, The Richie Barshay RB3, The Forro Brass Band amongst others. Petr’s source of expression is most focused on his blend of Americana roots music and jazz in his groups Big Sky and Down Home.

The adventure continues with Petr Cancura’s position as the Programming Director of the Ottawa International Jazz Festival, crafting together a world class festival with hundreds of shows annually. You may also find Cancura in the classroom giving workshops all across the US and Canada.