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Petr Cancura

Petr Cancura is sought-after for his original voice. With 16 released albums under his belt, he has recorded and performed with Grammy-nominated Danilo Perez, Bob Moses and Kathleen Edwards, John Lockwood, Joe Maneri, Cecil McBee and the Juno award-winning Mighty Popo among others. The Petr Cancura Trio has been featured on CBC Radio’s Signal, and continues to tour internationally with acclaim. In 2007 Petr was a featured resident artist and co-ordinator at the Ottawa International Jazz Festival’s Ottawa Composers Collective as well as the Ottawa Folk Festival’s Cross-Cultural Experiment. Cancura received his Masters degree from New England Conservatory in 2006

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The Blue Dahlia ~ Dahlia Dumont

Dahlia Dumont, leader of The Blue Dahlia: vocals, ukulele-player, singer-songwriter. Brooklyn-girl, but a nomad at heart, Dahlia Dumont traveled the world from an early age, always absorbing the cultural and musical influences in her path. Her Eastern European heritage and her years as an anthropology student and teacher in France and Senegal shaped her musical palette, and in 2012 she created her project The Blue Dahlia. The Blue Dahlia: Lyrics in English and French, French and Mexican accordion, klezmer violin, warm and joyous rhythms of reggae, ska and Latin America, the sensual voice of jazz and French chanson

Wendy Waller

Wendy Waller’s unique and creative approach to melody and lyric embodies the vast rich landscape of American Roots Music. She tells her story with her dynamic multi-ranged voice. There is no compromise with Wendy. She is unyielding in her quest to take the listener on a musical journey. Every performance is a new and provocative experience. Born into an artistic family of musicians, painters, and writers, Wendy spent her young years cultivating her multiple abilities, singing, acting and dancing in musical theater. As a multi-instrumentalist Wendy studied piano, guitar, french horn, trumpet, trombone and flugelhorn

TRACK OF THE DAY

Roots

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Label: Inetive Records
Released: 2016
Duration: 06:30

TRACK OF THE DAY

Roots

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Label: Losen Records
Released: 2016
Duration: 08:31

Roots

Label: Inner Circle Music
Released: 2015
Track listing: Antagata Dokosa (Where Are You From?); Ge Ge Ge; National Anthem; Kojo No Tsuki (Castle In The Moonlight); Tinsagu Nu Hana (Balsam Flowers); Cha Tsu Mi (Green Tea Picking); The Mountain; Soran-Bushi; Chakkiri-Bushi; Hometown; National Anthem (Reprise).

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Tomoko Omura: Roots

Read "Roots" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Chosen as one of 2015's “Rising Stars" in Downbeat magazine's critics poll, violinist Tomoko Omura's Roots is evidence that some of the most alluring music is that which combines disparate locales and cultures. The artistic fusion of songs from her homeland in Japan with verdant progressive jazz is presented by Omura and her top flight group ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Tomoko Omura: Roots

Read "Roots" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The roots of the title of violinist Tomoko Omura's second CD as leader refer to traditional and popular melodies familiar to several generations of Japanese. But if the melodies of Omura's childhood have left an indelible stamp on her musical DNA, so too has the past decade spent in America absorbing the roots of jazz. It's ...

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Tomoko Omura: Roots

Read "Roots" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Japanese violinist Tomoko Omura may be ten years into a stay in the United States, but Roots clearly demonstrates that she hasn't forgotten or forsaken her homeland. Omura left Japan and relocated to the United States in 2004, eager and ready to study at Boston's Berklee College of Music. Shortly after graduating in ...


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