Wednesday, March 21, 2018

DUO WAQAY

Known for their “unique” and “symbiotic connectivity” while playing together, Duo Waqay has perfected their duality over the course of the past nine years.

Guitarists Gabriela Iznardo and Alejandro Vega have been performing alongside one another since early adolescence and are both graduates of the University of Ottawa for Performance Guitar, one holding a Bachelor’s degree and the other a Master’s degree. While growing up playing together, they developed an inseparable bond; connected by their love for guitar and their latin heritage, they quickly discovered their passion for Latin American and Spanish rhythms. The fusion of Alejandro’s Cuban heritage and Gabriela’s Peruvian and Argentinian background lead to the creation of a unique sound which sparks energy and creativity into the hearts of their audience. It is this very fusion of culture which created their name “[Duo] “Waqay”, a Quechuan word that means “The cry and timbre of a musical instrument”. Although they have been playing together for almost a decade, 2017 marked the debut of their professional performance career and brought some new and captivating repertoire which they are so very excited to share with their audiences.



Wednesday, April 25, 2018

WORLD JAZZ RECITAL

Internationally- renowned Cuban pianist Miguel de Armas is a versatile jazz pianist and composer, he moved to Canada in 2011, bringing with him a rich and sophisticated musical heritage gleaned over many years of study, performance and creation. As cofounder of N.G. La Banda — one of Cuba’s most legendary timba bands — de Armas packed concert halls around the world. He has recorded over 60 albums, and collaborated with renowned Cuban and international musicians.

Bassist JP Lapensée is an active bass player and bass teacher in the Ottawa-Gatineau area. He studied music at Carleton University. He regularly records and performs in many festivals with many bands such as the Billy Love Band (Rock), HML Trio (jazz), The Prime Rib Big Band, Fiesta Cubana (Cuban Timba), Rommel Ribeiro Band (Brazilian Music/World), The Chocolate Hot Pockets (Jazz/Hip-Hop/Fusion), 33z and many more.

Cristina Sayén is a Chilean-Canadian vocalist. Her repertoire includes Latin American folk songs, salsa, merengue, pop, ballads, boleros and latin jazz.  She sings and performs in English, French and Spanish. In 2005, one of her compositions was selected to represent Canada in the Viña del Mar festival in Chile before an audience of 25,000.