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We Should Know Each Other - Musician Highlight
Wed, 10 May 2017, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
Inspired by an idea from Joy Kogawa, this series is designed to create a space for conversations with these Japanese Canadians and the broader JC community. Encouraging dialogue, reconnecting over common interests and priorities, and opening doors to creating a vibrant inter-generational community.We are thrilled to annouce that in May will have Kathleen Kajioka, Jamie Parker and Ron Korb performing for us.
Please note that we have changed the day of this event from a Thursday to a Wednesday.
Kathleen Kajioka is a classically-trained violist and violinist. She has a reputation as a musical multi-linguist, who can move between musical worlds with agility and uncompromising depth. Trained through the Royal Conservatory of Music at the Banff Centre for the Arts which lead to a scholarship at Eastman School of Music in New York.
Kathleen appears regularly as a baroque violist and violinist with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, as a modern violist with the critically acclaimed Via Salzburg Chamber Orchestra, and as an Arabic violinist with Maryem Tollar, Maza Mezé, and the Arabesque Orchestra, led by Bassam Bishara. Kathleen has delved in to the pop world as well, recording with Jesse Cook, Luke Doucet and K-os. She is also a television host and broadcaster, host of The Concert Series on MZ Media.
Jamie Parker is an accomplished, versatile and bright pianist who has two Juno awards under his belt and has played with every major Canadian orchestra. Jamie's achievements are both lengthy and impressive. His musical roots can be traced to the Vancouver Academy of Music and the University of British Columbia where he studied with classical pianist, Lee Kum-Sing. As well, and not to be overlooked, he learned from his mother and uncle who are piano teachers. He then went on to receive his master's of music and doctorate of musical arts at the Juilliard School of Music.
Jamie and his family are well-known in the Canadian classical music scene. His brother Jon Kimura Parker and cousin Ian Parker are also renowned Canadian pianists. Jamie has won more than 200 first place awards in music festivals. Jamie continues the teaching tradition as the Rupert E. Edwards chair in piano performance on the music faculty at the University of Toronto.
Ron Korb is known for writing culturally diverse music and his mastery of a wide array of world music wind instruments. His work spans a range of genres including classical, jazz, Latin, Asian, Celtic music, and Middle Eastern. The concepts of his albums often come from his exploration of his multi-cultural ancestry and extensive travel experience.
Korb was classically-trained with the Royal Conservatory of Music where he won a scholarship to study music at the University of Toronto. Korb's authentic sound comes from his worldly travels to study music, including living in Japan where he studied Gagaku court music with flute master Akao Michiko. He has played for Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Takamado of Japan and Princess Bopha Devi of Cambodia among others. His latest album, Asia Beauty was nominated for a Grammy last year.