Words & Music 2013

Wednesday, September 25, 2013Author Barbara Fradkin

7:30 PM | Doors open at 7 PM | Princess Ave Playhouse | 40 Princess Ave. St. Thomas

Advanced tickets available by donation at the Adult Information Desk, main level.

Featuring: Barbara Fradkin – Author of the Inspector Green mysteries, including her latest novel “The Whisper of Legends”

and the Rainbow Gardens Quartet with composer, singer, and songwriter Martin Traynor!

Tickets for sale by donation. (Recommended donation of $15 per person.) Tickets can be picked up at the door, if available. (Seating is limited.) Books and CDs for sale during the evening and author signing after the program.

About the Author: Barbara Fradkin

Barbara Fradkin (nee Currie) was born in Montreal and obtained her B.A. at McGill University and M.A. at the University of Toronto, before moving to Ottawa to work and raise a family. A few years later she returned to the University of Ottawa for her PhD in clinical psychology, and after more than twenty-five years as a child psychologist, she retired in order to devote more time to her first passion, writing.

Although she first appeared in print in 1995, Barbara has been writing since she was six and has always had an affinity for the dark side. Her work as a child psychologist provides ample insight and inspiration for stories. She is an active member of Canada’s writing community as well as part of the notorious Ladies’ Killing Circle, which edited anthologies of mystery short stories by Canadian women. She has three children and one dog, and in whatever spare time she can find, she loves outdoor activities like travelling, skiing and kayaking, as well as reading, of course.

Find out more about Barbara on her website.

About Barbara’s New Book: The Whisper of Legends

Two-time Arthur Ellis Award winner Fradkin turns in another solid performance with theThe Whisper of Legends by Barbara Fradkin latest Inspector Green mystery. Green, who works for the Ottawa, Ontario, police department, is concerned when his teenage daughter, Hannah, seems to have gone missing during a camping trip to a national park in a remote part of the Northwest Territories. The local RCMP appear frustratingly uninterested, and so Green, never one to shy away from taking matters into his own hands, heads off to the Territories to find Hannah, discovering along the way that his daughter’s boyfriend, who organized the trip, might have had his own reasons for the trip and may not have Hannah’s best interests or safety in mind. A change of pace from the previous eight Inspector Green novels (which were set in and around urban Ottawa), the book combines a suspenseful story with plenty of opportunities to see the brook-no-nonsense inspector out of his natural element. American readers getting their first look at this series will be eager to read more.

— Pitt, David (Reviewed 04-01-2013) (Booklist, vol 109, number 15, p30)Look on the library's catalogue for Barbara Fradkin

About the Vocalist: Martin Traynor

Martin Traynor is a Mississauga based Guitarist and Vocalist who has been active in the Toronto music scene since the mid 1980s. He has performed as a soloist and with a variety of ensembles and styles ranging from duet to 20pc big band. He has appeared on Omni One, Breakfast Television and at various jazz festivals including The Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival, The Beaches International Jazz Festival, The Port Perry Jazz Festival, The Port Hope Jazz Festival and various other venues including the ROM, the Royal York Hotel, and the Yonge and Dundas main stage.

After earning his Music Degree from York University where he studied Guitar and Film Scoring, Martin began teaching at a Toronto Secondary School where he still teaches Guitar, Voice and Band. His groups have performed both locally and internationally including the Bahamas, MGM Studios and Busch Gardens in Florida. In 1999 he composed and produced the SoundPoets debut cd which was recorded at Phase One studios and received airplay in Southern Ontario and Belgium. In 2010 he released his first self-titled recording which has been well received and is currently available. Martin recently completed his Masters Certificate in guitar through the famous Berklee School of Music in Boston where he studied with Bruce Saunders and Gary Burton. He continues to freelance as a performer and on various recording projects in and around the GTA.

About the Musicians: Conductor Ricardo (Ric) Giorgi – String Bass

I’m very excited about joining the Resa’s Pieces family who are dedicated to making music and having fun – something I love to do. My greatest joy as a teacher and a musician is developing students’ musical abilities at whatever stage life brings them to playing an instrument or taking it up again.

My earliest musical training was in a choir run by nuns in a refugee camp in Northern Italy. In Canada, I played flute in high school and soon added String Bass and Piano. I worked my way through The Faculty of Music (UWO) playing with the best musicians in London, Ontario as well as in back-up groups for musicians such as Tommy Hunter. I was also Manager of Youth and Childrens’ Activities at the CNE for 5 years producing music and theatre events.

For 20 years I taught as a string instrument specialist for the Scarborough and Toronto School Boards as well as teaching piano and string instruments privately. I’ve had the great privilege conducting or co-conducting the Scarborough Schools Symphony Orchestra, The Concert Orchestra, various levels of ensembles for Toronto Music Camps (as well as bass specialist), the University of Tennessee Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Zlin Czech Republic, The University of South Carolina Orchestra, Columbia SC, The Brampton Symphony Orchestra, The Timothy Eaton Memorial Orchestra, The Main Street United Church Festival Orchestra as well as orchestras assembled for corporate functions in and around Toronto and Buffalo New York. I’ve also had the great pleasure leading the very successful “Rainbow Gardens Jazz Orchestra” from “basement band” status to international acclaim.

About the Musicians: Cor Klamer – Piano

Cor is a native of The Netherlands whose father was a virtuoso accordion player and at whose knee he learned the basics of music and keyboard playing to a very high level. Almost immediately after arriving in Canada he became a much sought after pianist for all sorts and sizes of jazz and pop groups and was hired as the organist at Central United Church where he was music director until his retirement in 2007.

He is the Artistic Director of the Wilberforce Jazz Festival and plays almost every day in retirement and nursing homes and accompanies many local jazz singers. He’s been on tour with June Garber in Cuba and Florida and has played in most of Eastern Canada and the United States. He was the Klamer in the Klamerstein Quartet along with the wonderful tenor sax player Roger Stein. He runs his own trio (with drummer Phil Myers and bassist Ric Giorgi) and is the pianist in the Rainbow Gardens Quintet. Cor has the unique abilities of amazing sight-reading expertise, playing by ear at the drop of a hat and playing in and changing the key he plays in almost instantly.

About the Musicians: Phil Myers – Percussion

Phil Myers has been one of the go-to drummers in the big band world around southern Ontario for many years. However, being one of the most versatile percussionists around he does a lot of work with small groups as well and is a member of 3 Toronto bands performing regularly at The Rex, Reservoir Lounge, Gate 403, Lula Lounge and many other venues.

He is one of the few sensitive drummers able to handle the brashness of an early Dixieland jazz performance one night, the drive needed to propel a big band performance the next night and then a modern jazz gig with the likes of Barry Harris and Charles McPherson the third. He was chosen to perform with Harris and McPherson at Koerner Hall recently and as one veteran jazzer noted “Phil is one of the few drummers around who listens, blends and drives at the same time – he’s great!”.  He was picked to perform with the WE ARE ONE ORCHESTRA featuring 300 young TDSB student singers in a recent concert in support of music education and the Royal Conservatory of Music.

About the Musicians: Kurt Lund – Saxophone

Since leaving Berklee College of Music, saxophonist Kurt Lund has performed in and around Toronto, and joined the hard swinging, take-no-prisoners school of jazz. A recent appearance featured him on clarinet with Swing Shift Big Band. He has also been heard with fine Toronto area musicians including:

  • Archie Alleyne, famed jazz drummer.
  • Ian Bargh at Rhodes Restaurant, and the Montreal Bistro
  • Roy Patterson at Mezzetta Cafe
  • Bernie Senensky at Rhodes Restaurant
  • Norman Marshall Villenueve
  • The Mark Eisenman Trio at Top O’ The Senator
  • The Yorkville Jazz Festival with Brian Dickinson
  • The Markham Jazz Festival with Maxine Willan
  • Pat Collins and Duncan Hopkins, both top Toronto bassists

Other venues and performances include:

  • Carlu (formerly Eaton Centre Auditorium)
  • The Mississauga Living Arts Centre
  • Stage West in Mississauga
  • Eddie Graf and his Orchestra, featuring Carol Welsman.
  • Chateau Laurier in Ottawa with a “Tribute To Glen Miller” Orchestra.
  • Royal York Hotel  (for Sony Pictures)

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