Ashkenaz @ RHCPA’s “Jazz in the Plaza” series, featuring ZEBRINA
Toronto’s Zebrina gets its exotic name from the Latin word for the plant popularly known as ‘wandering jew’. Composed of Canada’s leading roots, folk, world, klezmer and jazz musicians, Zebrina brings together singular talents and a daring experimental, improvisational style. In Zebrina, eastern melodies meet western grooves in a harmonious experience akin to what writer Andrew Gilbert (Jazz Times) has described as “Ashkenazi roots music.” Mix that sound with an electric Miles Davis feel and you get Zebrina: moody and lyrical, lively and fresh. The band’s innovative compositions are deeply informed by boundary-breaking greats such as John Zorn’s Masada Project, Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew, and Medeski, Martin, and Wood’s spirit of jam-based improvisation, all of which inspire their dynamic live shows.
“[Zebrina] pushes klezmer’s piquant major-minor modulations as far afield as possible while never losing the music’s careening jazz band interactions. The possibilities tantalize.” — TORONTO STAR
The Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts is a state of the art facility located in the heart of downtown Richmond Hill. RHCPA’s Tuesday night “Jazz in the Plaza” concert series presents an eclectic slate of jazz and world music artists outdoors in the beautiful courtyard outside the facility. Admission is free.