This Friday evening, Oct. 26, Silence proudly presents Justin Gray & Synthesis, a contemporary world-jazz ensemble that explores a captivating cross-cultural blend of Indian and western music.
The ensemble features Justin Gray on Bass Veena & Electric Bass, Ted Quinlan on guitar, Drew Jurecka on Violin, Ed Hanley on tabla and Derek Gray on drums, percussion & Tibetan singing bowls. Bandleader Justin Gray is an award-winning bassist, composer and producer based out of Toronto, Canada.
In 2010, he designed and co-created the bass veena, a multi-stringed instrument, which combines the fretless bass with elements inspired by various Indian stringed instruments. Justin is the first artist to perform on this instrument worldwide.
Justin Gray and Synthesis have recently been presented in feature concerts across Ontario, including: the Aga Khan Museum (2016), Dundas Square (Massey Hall 2016), Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts (JPEC 2016), The Aga Khan Museum (2016), Toronto Jazz Festival (TD Jazz 2016), Richard Bradshaw Theatre (Canadian Opera Company 2016) and Princess Margaret Hospital (Jazz for the Soul 2016/2017).
The show will take place on Friday, Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. (Doors open at 7:30 p.m.) at Silence, 46 Essex Street, Guelph.
Tickets are $10 in advance; $15 at the door (*cash only) and online.
About The Ensemble's Debut Album:
Justin Gray and Synthesis' debut album, New Horizons features original music, which draws inspiration from a wide range of musical influences, including Indian classical, jazz, western classical, and R&B music. Gray’s compositions synthesize these musical elements through a unique combination of rich sonic textures, inspiring melodies, and exotic grooves.
New Horizons features a number of exciting guest artists, including: Dhruba Ghosh (Sarangi), Trichy Sankaran (Mrdangam), Alam Khan (Sarode), Steve Gorn (Bansuri), Joy Anandasivam (Guitar), The Venuti String Quartet, Naghmeh Farahmand (Persian Percussion), Demetrios Petsalakis (Oud), Gurpreet Chana (Hang Drum), Todd Pentney (Piano), Joel Schwartz (Resonator Guitar) and Jonathan Kay (Esraj).