Fri Jul 28 21:30

Dark Butterflies: Braid, O’Callaghan, and Gryphon Trio

Love, rage, heartbreak, and joy come alive in this song cycle that pulls inspiration from ancient folk melodies of Sweden, Turkey, Ireland, Asia and more. Composed by pianist David Braid for soprano Patricia O’Callaghan (who penned the text for this incredible work), Dark Butterflies will be performed in a new arrangement for soprano and piano trio with the Gryphon Trio.

Hailed in the Canadian press as “one of his country’s true renaissance men” (The Ottawa Citizen), composer and jazz pianist David Braid is a prize-winner, amassing Juno nominations and awards, two Screen Awards, and the Ontario Foundation for the Arts’ prestigious prize: ’Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award for Keyboard Artistry’. Performed around the world, his original music is described as “brilliant” (Montreal Gazette), “enchanting” (The Age, Australia), “une force poétique” (Le Soleil) and “hauntingly beautiful.” (The Globe & Mail)

Toronto Soprano Patricia O’Callaghan is something of a wandering minstrel, travelling across genres, continents, and a range of disciplines and passions. O’Callaghan’s ability to blend languages and musical genres together seamlessly while embodying whatever style she is performing in allows her to “…sing her diverse material as if it was always meant to go side-by-side..” (Chart Attack) Don’t miss the magic as Dark Butterflies brings together some of Canada’s favourite musicians for the reduction of an original orchestral song cycle that promises to be epic in scope and personal in delivery.

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