Steinway & Sons

An Evening with Ron Korb & Chris Donnelly

July 31st 7:00pm: An Evening with Ron Korb & Chris Donnelly.

Featuring music from: Asia Beauty by Ron Korb.

Steinway Artist Chris Donnelly will be performing alongside flautist Ron Korb, playing a selections from Ron’s new CD.

Location: Steinway Music Hall, #8-2651 John St. Markham.

Free admission with RSVP. (Limited Seating)

By Phone: RSVP: 905-940-5397 

By Email: info@steinwaytoronto.ca

 

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We're thrilled to announce that Ron was recently awarded the Silver Medal in the Global Music Awards for Outstanding Achievement for his "House of the Five Beauties" from the CD Asia Beauty, Chinese crossover world music and album art/graphics. http://www.globalmusicawards.com/

 

Ron Korb

Ron Korb is a Canadian flutist(flautist), composer, songwriter, and record producer, from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is also known as Dragon Flute in China, Thunder Blessing in Taiwan and Prince of Flutes in Japan.

Ron Korb started on the recorder in grade school and later joined an Irish fife and drum band in his teens. While attending the Royal Conservatory of Music, he won several local music competitions. He attended York University for a year to broaden his experience of playing jazz but later earned a scholarship to study classical flute at University of Toronto where he graduated with a degree in Music Performance.

His primary teacher was Douglas Stewart but he also participated in master classes with Paula Robison, Robert Aitken in Shawnigan, Raymond Guiot in Domaine Forget and Michel Debost in Assisi, Italy. After graduating with honors from University, Korb discovered Chinese flutes(Chinese: 笛子, English:Dizi, [pinyin]: dÍ zÎ). The sound of the Asian bamboo flute intrigued him so much that he moved to Japan in the early '90s to study Japanese Gagaku court music, the traditional shinobue and ryūteki bamboo flutes with Akao Michiko. Since then he has travelled around the world collecting and studying indigenous flutes. He has a collection of more than 250 flutes.

Ron Korb has released more than 30 solo albums in 20 countries on various record labels. He has also guested on recordings by many renowned artists such as Olivia Newton-John, Liona Boyd, Mychael Danna, Renaissance, Jim McCarty, Illusion, and the World Youth Day recording for Pope John Paul. Ron's talents have been employed in many major film and television scores. He has played on many Gemini, Genie and Cannes Film Festival award winning projects and even Academy Award nominated films by directors such as Ang Lee, Atom Egoyan, John Woo, and Mira Nair (for detailed list see IMDb, Internet Movie Database). In Robert Lepage's film Nô Ron played the nohkan on camera in the opening scene dressed in traditional kimono. Ron was also featured in the documentary called Stolen Memories.

Ron has had many collaborations with longtime friend Donald Quan. In 1990 they released Tear of the Sun which charted No. 1 in the Canadian New Age Music Top 40 and in 2001 they did the musical direction for Peter Gabriel's Tribute and Homage for Harbourfront Centre's "World Leaders". The musical talent they shared the stage with included Peter Gabriel, Jane Siberry, Tia Carrere, Arn Chorn-Pond, Jeff Martin, Andy Stochansky and Lorraine Segato. That same year they penned the song for the Toronto Olympic Bid which was performed by the Toronto Symphony, Samba Squad and Nathaniel Dett Chorale in Roy Thomson Hall.

In 2004 Ron Korb Live was released which was filmed in Victoriaville Quebec, directed by Pierre and François Lamoureux and became the first independent artist in Canada to release a full length DVD.

 

Chris Donnelly

 

Juno-nominated pianist and composer Chris Donnelly is one of the most captivating and versatile artists on today’s music scene. Trained simultaneously as a classical pianist and a jazz pianist, his genre-bending repertoire is an eclectic mix of jazz, ragtime, stride, gospel, improvisation, original compositions and classical music.

In September 2008, Chris released his Juno-nominated, debut album with Alma Records called ‘Solo,’ featuring a blend of original material and arrangements of jazz standards.  This also earned him nominations for ‘Best Recording of the Year’ and ‘Best Keyboardist of the Year’ from the 2009 National Jazz Awards.

In March 2011, Chris released an album of original music inspired by the works of graphic artist M.C. Escher.  Entitled ‘Metamorphosis,” the 50-minute composition starts with a single theme; each movement draws inspiration from the previous one, changing subtly and seamlessly, until the music arrives at the initial theme again.  The album also features a reproduction of Escher’s work and an original poem by Toronto’s Poet Laureate, Giorgio Di Cicco.

In his latest project, Chris has put together a special presentation of ‘The Best Jazz Piano Music …EVER!’ – including familiar Scott Joplin rags, George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Oscar Peterson’s Hymn to Freedom.  Audiences are treated to a diverse and well-balanced program featuring recognizable music, virtuosity, light-hearted interaction and of course, the best piano music of all time!

“…is gifted enough to play just about anything he jolly well pleases any time he wants to play it.” (The Buffalo News)

Chris is currently an instructor at the University of Toronto.  He tours internationally with his clarinet/piano ensemble The Wolak/Donnelly Duo, and is a member of the jazz trio Myriad3.

 

 

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