Photo Credit – Andrew MacNaughtan
Following a 2019 Juno Nomination for Best Vocal Album, this concert features award-winning vocalist Patricia O’Callaghan, and multi-Juno winner composer/pianist David Braid blending genres of Classical, Jazz, and Popular Song. They offer a mixture of pieces ranging from Kurt Weill to Leonard Cohen. Featuring the crystalline, many-hued voice of O’Callaghan, singing in English, Spanish and French, along with hauntingly beautiful compositions by Braid.
Patricia O’Callaghan is something of a wandering minstrel, with six solo albums and many interesting collaborations along the way. A speaker of French, Spanish, and German, her early recordings focused on European cabaret, but one of Patricia’s most unique talents is the ability to blend a variety of languages and musical genres seamlessly together in her concerts, and completely embody whatever style she is singing at any given moment. “This Toronto soprano can sing a 100-year-old German tune so lustily that you almost don’t need a translation to know that someone’s about to get his throat cut or get laid or both.” (The National Post) “O’Callaghan sings her diverse material as if it was always meant to go side-by-side and by the end of the evening, it’s easy to believe her.” (Chart Attack)
“Sophisticated and authentic” – New York Observer
“Refreshingly uncategorizable” – Paris Transatlantic
Hailed in the Canadian press as “one of his country’s true renaissance men when it comes to music” (The Ottawa Citizen), composer and pianist, David Braid is a nine-time Juno nominee, and winner of three Juno Awards for his solo piano recording, “Verge”, large-ensemble recording, “The David Braid Sextet Live”, and small-ensemble recording, “The North.” His debut classical composition, “Corona Divinae Misericordiae” received a Juno Nomination for Classical Album of the Year.
David Braid concertizes his original music and improvisations in the UK, Scandinavia, Europe, Russia, Central Asia, China, Australia, and Canada.
Described as “brilliant” (Montreal Gazette), “enchanting” (The Age, Australia), “une force poétique” (Le Soleil) and “hauntingly beautiful” (The Globe & Mail), Braid’s music combines the discipline of European classical music with the spontaneity of jazz.
Patricia O’Callaghan – vocals
David Braid – piano