Sweet Lovers Love the Spring

Friday, May 17th, 2013
Diane Nalini – voice
David Renaud – woodwinds
Adrian Cho – double bass
7:30 PM. $20 advance, $25 door.
For advance purchase ($20 price) payable by credit card please call 613-729-0693.
For tickets at the door please pay in cash only.

Rejoice in the arrival of spring with a delightful, daring trio of voice, woodwinds and bass. The entrancing sounds of Diane Nalini’s sweet, soulful voice, David Renaud’s playful reeds and pipes, and Adrian Cho’s earthy ground bass come together to cultivate springtime inventions from original music, standards, and songs of distant lands.

Diane Nalini infuses a deep understanding of our planet in every note she sings. As a physicist she has researched and taught science from nuclear microscopy to astrophysics. Born in Montreal of Belgian and Goan descent, Diane’s studies and a Rhodes scholarship took her to doctoral and post-doctorate studies at Oxford. Today she works for Environment Canada. All along the way Diane has pursued her artistic calling. Studies in ballet, jazz and modern dance led to a parallel career as a celebrated jazz vocalist. The Montreal Gazette’s Irwin Block said: “Diane Nalini has the voice, the phrasing, confidence, clarity and control to make a tune her own and turn it into a nuanced thing of beauty” while Elle Magazine Canada wrote “She captures jazz at its most sophisticated and joyous level.” “I just love Diane Nalini’s voice. This is a sassy, ‘ripe plum in the Italian sun’ kind of voice,” said CBC Radio’s Katie Malloch. Her four CDs have garnered praise from critics far and wide. Her debut album, After dusk, was described by the UK’s Time Out magazine as “a gorgeous collection of standards, sung with quiet enunciated power.” Diane composes and sings in four languages. She has sung at jazz festivals around the globe and given gala performances for President Bill Clinton and Sir Paul McCartney. She was nominated for the Grand Prix de Jazz General Motors at the 2002 Montreal International Jazz Festival, and was one of two finalists for the UK’s Young Jazz Vocalist of the Year awards for 2001.

David Renaud is one of the most in-demand and popular jazz musicians in the Ottawa region. While a clarinet major at the University of Ottawa, he joined the Governor General’s Foot Guards as a saxophonist. He studied jazz at Humber College and then returned to Ottawa to continue studying orchestra clarinet. Throughout his studies he played in a diverse array of bands performing jazz, swing, rock, blues, funk and even polka and pursued studies as a piano technician. Today, Dave divides his busy schedule between piano tuning and refurbishment, playing in the National Arts Centre Orchestra’s Pops series, the Ottawa Jazz Orchestra, the Ottawa Klezmer Band, his own Dr. Jazz group, and constant work as a sideman in various small and large groups.

Adrian Cho applies the principles of jazz performance to every facet of his life. As a leader at companies such as IBM he has managed complex projects coordinating contributions from hundreds of people across the globe. As the founder and leader of the Ottawa Jazz Orchestra, he has presented over thirty major concerts, premiering over ten seminal jazz works and many innovative presentations. Doug Fischer of the Ottawa Citizen labeled him “a musical missionary” and Melanie Scott of WHERE Ottawa described him as “one of our city’s most adventurous musical renaissance men.” Dubbed “a cool guide to hot jazz” by Alex Hutchinson of the Ottawa Citizen, Adrian speaks to university and business audiences across North America. His jazz history course at Carleton University’s Learning in Retirement program repeatedly draws full classes and enthusiastic feedback. John Kelman of All About Jazz wrote, “Cho’s intentions were clearly to educate as much as entertain, and he succeeded on both fronts.” Adrian’s book, The Jazz Process: Collaboration, Innovation and Agility, has been endorsed by a diverse collection of thought leaders. Reviewers have praised the book as “a huge payback for the time invested in reading it,” “a deep exploration of collaborative know-how,” and “a concept of leadership and teamwork that’s well suited for the Google-age workplace.”