October 28, 2017
7:30 PM $20
Toronto jazz vocalist Felicity Williams joins forces with guitarist Roddy Ellias for an intimate evening or music – the real deal!
Click to listen to Felicitiy’s beautiful song, Mantis, set to a poem by Al Purdy, recorded with Roddy Ellias.
Felicity Williams is a Toronto-based musician who sings. Since graduating from York’s music program in 2006, she has been singing in many different settings in Toronto’s music community, gradually taking root as an enthusiastic collaborator. She is interested in developing the inherent instrumental quality of the voice, and its capacity to improvise / express the thoughts of the musical mind. She has toured widely in North America, Europe, Australia, and Japan with a number of projects including Bahamas, Hobson’s Choice, Bernice, Thomas Gill, Alex Lukashevsky, Amanda Tosoff’s Words Project, and Alex Goodman’s Chamber Quartet with Andrew Downing and Michael Davidson.
“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.”
Roddy Ellias – For over four decades Ottawa guitarist Roddy Ellias has been one of Canada’s most respected musicians and composers. He began his musical adventure improvising on his grandmother’s piano but soon switched to his instrument of choice, the guitar. With a life long study of jazz and classical music and a masters degree in classical composition, Ellias has devoted his musical life to combining elements, aesthetics and techniques of classical music with those of jazz. He has performed with a variety of jazz luminaries including Lee Konitz, Tom Harrel, Marc Copland, Joel Frahm, Lonnie Smith, David Liebman and many more.
Roddy’s trio CD titled Monday’s Dream has received high praise from the world’s most trusted reviewers. Here’s what some have said:
“His creativity is so obvious, that it is at once both startling and inspiring …” Steve Kinigstein, Just Jazz Guitar
“a work of pensive, folky beauty … 4 stars!” Brad Farberman, DownBeat Magazine
“Nothing was more beautiful than Ellias’ piece Too Far, which when it was done created in the crowd a silence that spoke volumes before applause did ensue.” Peter Hum, the Ottawa Citizen
“Monday’s Dream is an unapologetically beautiful record, one of subtle delicacy and elegance, and alluring grace and finesse.” John Kelman, All About Jazz
His latest two recordings will be released in November 2018 and will be available at all the usual places (Amazon, iTunes, CD Baby etc) as well as from his website www.roddyellias.com
Postcard – Felicity Williams (voice), Jim Lewis (trumpet and flugelhorn), John Geggie (bass), Roddy Ellias (guitar)
Sticks and Stones – Marc Copland (piano), Adrian Vedady (bass), Roddy Ellias (guitar)
GigSpace gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the City of Ottawa.