Words and Music Set for St. Thomas Public Library

The fifth edition of “Words and Music,” set for the St. Thomas Public Library’s Carnegie Room on Thursday, October 28, is sure to be as big a crowd pleaser as the best of those that have gone before it.  The program, which combines the words of a talented, popular writer and the music of an accomplished assemblage of Toronto area jazz musicians, gets under way at 7:30 p.m.  There is no admission charge.

Supplying the words this year will be popular Canadian thriller writer Rick Cover image for Panic Zone by Rick MofinaMofina, the multinational best-selling author of eleven acclaimed crime fiction novels.  Rather than read from his books, Rick will discuss some of the true events that inspired his work, including his newest book, The Panic Zone, published just a few months ago.

Hailed by Dean Koontz as “a headlong rush to Armageddon,” The Panic Zone tells the story of a grieving mother and a relentless reporter in pursuit of a perfect killer.

Rick himself has been a reporter, with a career in journalism that spanned three decades and several newsrooms.  His freelance crime stories have appeared in such publications as The New York Times, Reader’s Digest and The South China Morning Post.  There will also be a question and answer period with Rick, and his books will be available for sale and signing.  There’s more about Rick on his website.

Photo of singer-songwriter Lara SkyeSharing the bill with Rick, and counterpointing his commentary, will be the Rainbow Gardens Quartet with singer Larra Skye.  The Quartet includes John MacMurchy on saxophone and clarinet, San Murata on violin, Cor Klamer on piano and leader Ric Giorgi on string bass.

Larra Skye is a Toronto singer/songwriter whose album of original music, The World Disappears, was the #1 bestselling independent jazz album of 2006 for national retailer HMV.  She’s working on a follow-up while continuing to play with some of the best in Toronto’s music scene and perform in venues across Canada and the world and, in fact, has just returned from a tour in Asia.  More about Larra can be found on her website.

John MacMurchy is a multi-faceted composer, arranger, saxophonist and clarinettist.  Based in Toronto, he has performed and recorded not only in Canada but around the world.  Besides leading his own quintet, John as been a sideman for Henry Mancini, Cleo Laine, Linda Ronstadt, and Peter Appleyard.

San Murata has played with many of Canada’s foremost jazz and pop performers and has been nominated by the National Jazz Awards as Violinist of the Year four times.  Since 2004, San has toured Japan four times.  He has produced four CDs and is working on a fifth.  In addition, the Port Hope resident is an accomplished artist.

Cor Klamer has been the regular pianist for the Rainbow Gardens Quartet/Quintet for the last six years.  He has several solo CDs that get airplay in North America and Europe and has worked with such artists as Peter Appleyard.  He continues to keep busy with musical engagements in the Toronto area.

Ric Giorgi is a long-time leader of music groups of various sizes from full symphony orchestras through to his well known Rainbow Gardens Jazz Orchestra.  He is also the newly appointed conductor of the Resa’s Pieces Strings, a string orchestra founded by the Resa’s Pieces organization, and the new piano player for the Upper Canada Jazz Band.

We hope to see you there.  It’ll be a great night!

– PB

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