Avataar Fri Oct 18th – at The Williston


Fri, October 18th @ 8:00 PM, 2019

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Avataar Fri Oct 18th – at The Williston

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Starts: October 18, 2019 8:00 pm Ends: October 18, 2019 11:00 pm


Multiple JUNO nominated and award-winning saxophonist/flutist/vocalist and composerSundar Viswanathan has shared the world stage with national and international artists alike. He has performed extensively in Europe (including stints with the Grammy- nominated Charles Tolliver Big Band at several Jazz Festivals), Japan, Brazil, South Africa, Canada, the Caribbean, and the USA. Musical associations from Jazz and World music arenas include Wynton Marsalis, Vijay Iyer, Kenny Wheeler, Jaffa Road, Lee Konitz, Dave Holland, Marcus Roberts Trio, Kiran Ahluwalia, Rez Abbasi, John Abercrombie, Suba Sankaran, Terry Clarke, George Cables, Joe Lovano, John Hicks, Cecil McBee, Billy Hart, Jim McNeeley, Hip Hop artist GURU, and Dave Douglas. He has been commissioned to compose and perform with Dance companies in Canada and the USA that include Sampradaya Dance Creations, Arzoo Dance Theater, MOSAIC and Trilok Fusion. Sundar has been reviewed and/or profiled in the New York Times, Worldmusiccentral.org, Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen, EYE magazine and several other Canadian and international publications. His most recent recording ‘Petal’, with AVATAAR, received critical acclaim from several publications, including DOWNBEAT, JAZZIZ, allaboutjazz.com, and the Wholenote. Sundar’s music has been featured on CBC radio, JAZZ FM, WBAI, Radio Bombay and college radio nationally and internationally and he can be heard on over 20 recordings as a leader or sideman.

Felicity Williams is a JUNO winning Toronto-based musician who sings. Since graduating from York’s music program in 2006, she has been performing widely in Toronto’s music community and establishing herself as a valuable collaborator. She has toured in Canada, the US, and Europe with a number of projects including Hobson’s Choice, Bernice (Robin Dann), the Alex Goodman Chamber Quartet (with Andrew Downing and Michael Davidson), and Bahamas (Afie Jurvanen). Her compositions and/or performances have been played on CBC radio and NPR; Hobson’s Choice, T H O M A S (Thom Gill), and Alex Lukashevsky have been on rotation on CBC radio’s the Signal; she has performed live on Q with Snowblink (Daniela Gesundheit and Dan Goldman), Bahamas, and Royal Wood; she has performed live on WNYC’s Spinning on Air (host David Garland) with Alex Lukashevsky and Bernice; and she appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live with Bahamas..

An eight-time JUNO Award nominee for Best Contemporary Jazz Album, guitarist/composerMichael Occhipinti’s inventive approach to creative music of all kinds has earned him a broad array of listeners and the respect of critics and musicians alike. Crossing genres that include jazz, chamber music, funk, world music, and anything involving modern guitar sounds, Michael is both a versatile musician and an imaginative bandleader. His Sicilian Jazz Project has been called “a masterpiece of cross-cultural fusion” and has thrilled audiences in Canada, the U.S., Italy, and Mexico. Starting with field recordings of forgotten Sicilian folk music and reinventing the music as a mix of global genres, the project earned Michael a JUNO nomination, the 2009 Ragusani nel Mondo Award (which he and his musician brother Roberto received together in Ragusa, Sicily for their contribution to Sicilian culture), and a Chalmers Award that allowed him to live in Sicily from March – June 2010. Michael also tours, records, and performs with Jeff Coffin, the Elizabeth Sheppard and Michael Occhipinti duo, and Turkish electronic/psychedelic group Minor Empire, to name a few groups.

Justin Gray is an Acoustic and Electric Bass Player, Composer and Band Leader.
His main influences include Jazz, R&B, Indian Classical and Contemporary Music.
Justin has played with and worked with a number of internationally renowned artists including; Dave Liebman, Dave Douglas, Kurt Elling, Mike Stern, Curtis Fuller, Ingrid Jensen, Seamus Blake, Dan Weiss, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Greg Osby, Shantanu Bhattacharrya, Subankar Banerjee, Bikram Ghosh, Tejendra Mejendar, Henry Hey, John Riley, Quinsin Nachoff, Ravi Naimpally, George Koller and Chitraveena Ravikiran. Justin is currently the bandleader for two well-established groups in the international music scene. Justin performs regularly with his own group Gray Matter; a contemporary Jazz ensemble that is heavily influenced by modern groove music. Monsoon is a contemporary Indo-Jazz ensemble that features original compositions that blend aspects of North Indian Classical Music with Contemporary Jazz. Both of these groups feature Justin’s original compositions and have been featured in many Jazz Festivals and feature concerts across Canada and India.

Award winning drummer/percussionist Max Senitt is a highly regarded and in-demand freelance musician on the Toronto and international scene. He brings a wealth of experience and versatility gained from performing across Canada, USA, the Caribbean, South America, and Europe with such Grammy and Juno award winning artists as: Alex Cuba, Hilario Duran, Odessa/Havana, Josh Groban, Odessa Havan, the Flying Bulgars, and Carol Welsman. Presently a member of Tzadik Recording artists “Zebrina” and Urugayuan singer Valeria Matzner’s bands, he also leads his own Trio. A Yamaha Drums, Paiste Cymbals, Evans Drumheads, and Headhunter Drumsticks artist, Max is also quite active as an educator. Max is a music graduate of Humber College and Thompson Rivers University and has performed on over 20 albums.


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