DIANE ROBLIN AND RECONNECT is a five piece band that came together to play and explore Diane's compositions - an original mixture of jazz, fusion and funk which encourages going "outside of the box". The music is about playing to the max, making connections with the other musicians, engaging the audience and having the most fun possible.
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Bertrand Belin enhances the French music scene. Everyone agrees that his last album, Parcs, is a success. Bucolic wanderings within hearing, his sophisticated lyrics are improved by cut out words. The effective fragility of his lyrical texts creates an addictive melancholy. The singer captivates, shaped with his deep voice – which has more than once compared him to Alain Bashung.
Toronto’s Alliance Française is proud to offer three one-off concerts of Liz McComb, American jazz singer, songwriter and pianist, who loves Paris and had been given the nickname « la pasionaria du gospel ».
Dialogue is his eighth album as a leader. This time, he presents himself as a duo piano/guitar - a highly demanding orchestration - that turns into an atypical trio with the addition of vocal on half of the repertoire. It is the discovery of guitarist Ralph Lavital who was his student in composition at Edim - and through him singer Nicolas Pelage - that motivated this new musical adventure.
Already established as one of Canada's most celebrated homegrown artists, Daniela Nardi and her Jazz-World-Cabaret music group Espresso Manifesto, marks a personal as well as musical milestone for this award winning artist.
Opera 5 and Alliance Française de Toronto present a Double Bill of Rarely Performed French Operas.: L'Île du Réve de Reynaldo Hahn, et Ba-ta-clan de Jacques Offenbach.
The grand finale to our season is the greatest masterpiece of Medieval music theatre: a wondrous telling of the story of the writing on the wall and Daniel in the lions’ den.
A full theatrical production, with the Consort Medieval players and singers joined by Kevin Skelton in the role of Daniel, and the young voices of the Viva Youth Singers of Toronto.
Was the great John Dowland, often considered the quintessential English lute master, actually Irish? There’s lots of evidence that he was, and our guest ensemble, featuring tenor Michael Slattery, makes a compelling case.
Guest Director, theorbist Lucas Harris leads the Consort and assembled forces – cornettos, sackbuts, strings, keyboards, and virtuoso singers – in a lavish concert of music from the Viennese court and chapel of Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I.