Bambalamb Kidd

Bambalamb Kidd

Bambalamb Kidd

DRUMMER

We are very excited that Bam528 (Bambalamb) Kidd will be joining us this year to do his Bamtastic! Interactive Drumming!
 
“My life goal is to try and help elevate our vibration as a humanity so we can just get along and love each other.” Bam528’s priority in life is to spread love, happiness and joy. He has a 39-year career in music that he says started by accident, discovering he had rhythm as a young boy living in Detroit in and around the Motown music scene. Bam528 has performed with musicians like Isaac Hayes and Ras Michael & The Sons of Negus. He is very active in the Georgian Bay, Grey Bruce music scene and has been doing Bamtastic! Interactive Drumming at Blue Mountain Village for the past 16 years. He is currently the drummer in Jeff Michael’s band. Come out to drum and raise our vibrations!
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Adi Braun

Adi Braun

Adi Braun

MUSICIAN

Born in Toronto, Adi Braun grew up in Europe surrounded by music and musicians. Her parents were opera singers, and her father, Victor Braun, was one of Canada’s leading baritones. Her first instrument was piano, which she began studying at the age of six. With no formal voice lessons, she made her first pop/jazz recording at age 19. Following family tradition, Adi trained classically at the Royal Conservatory of Music and the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music. She began her singing career as a classical recitalist, a soloist with orchestra and on-stage in operas and operettas alongside her brother, baritone Russell Braun. In addition to her many musical roles, Adi teaches German art song at the Royal Conservatory of Music and is a German diction coach for the Canadian Opera Company.

Adi started “singing sideways” in the late ‘90s and returned to the music she loves – which she calls “cabarazz” – drawing on aspects from both cabaret and jazz. After winning a local competition in 2001, she was catapulted to centre-stage as one of Canada’s leading jazz vocalists. In 2007, Adi was nominated as Best Major Jazz Vocalist of the Year by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC). Adi’s repertoire ranges from the Great American Songbook, to European cabaret, to contemporary songs by Canada legend’s Shirley Eikhard and Gordon Lightfoot as well as her own originals. Whether she is singing in English, French, Spanish or German, Adi Braun is “a power-frau who gives jazz standards a unique touch, telling stories that are miniature life moments” (Rheinische Post, Düsseldorf, Germany).

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James Campbell

James Campbell

James Campbell

CLARINETt

Dubbed “Canada’s premier clarinetist” by the Ottawa Citizen, JAMES CAMPBELL has performed as soloist and chamber musician in over 35 countries with over 60 orchestras including the Boston Pops, Montreal Symphony and the London Symphony.

He has collaborated with Glenn Gould and Aaron Copland and toured with over 35 string quartets, including the Guarneri, Amadeus and Vermeer. Of his over 40 recordings, the BBC and the Times of London rated his recording of the Brahms Clarinet Quintet as the best available and his CD Stolen Gems (Marquis Records) won a JUNO.

He has been named Canada’s Artist of the Year, awarded the Queen’s Gold and Diamond Jubilee Medal, an Honourary Doctor of Law, and the Order of Canada. James Campbell has been Artistic Director of the Festival of the Sound since 1985 and was Professor of Music at the famed Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University from 1988-2019 and continues to give masterclasses worldwide.

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Beny Esguerra and New Tradition Music

Beny Esguerra and New Tradition Music

Beny Esguerra and New Tradition Music

MUSICIAN

Fusing spoken word and Hiphop’s cultural expressions with Colombian Afro-
Indigenous música de gaita, two-time JUNO-nominated multi-instrumentalist and
lyricist Beny Esguerra and New Tradition Music deliver an urgent call for justice,
environmental healing and respect for ancestors and land treaties through an
interactive multi-arts performance.

Beny Esguerra arrived as a child to Tkaronto (Toronto, Canada) from Bacatá
(Bogotá, Colombia) as a political refugee with his parents, who were involved in
cultural work and human rights activism. Today, he is an award winning multi-
instrumentalist/producer, spoken-word poet, arts educator and community worker.

In 2021, he was chosen as the laureate of the 2020 Ontario Arts Foundation Arts
Educator Award. Most recently, his songs–from the 2022 JUNO nominated album
Northside Kuisi–have been nominated for collaboration of the year at the 2022
International Indigenous Hip Hop Music Awards and have won Music to Life’s
Hope Rises II song writing contest and international call for songs for social
justice. Visit www.newtraditionmusic.com for more information.

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Peter Stoll, Clarinetist

Peter Stoll, Clarinetist

Peter Stoll

CLARINETIST

Known for his virtuoso energy on stage, creative musical arrangements and an
entertaining way of speaking with the audience, PETER STOLL performs regularly in Toronto
with many orchestral and chamber groups, and has toured as soloist and with ensembles
to the USA, across Europe and to Russia. In 2019 Peter shared in a Dora Mavor Moore
Award for Best Ensemble-Opera.

Recent seasons’ solo and chamber music highlights have included a summer tour with the
Swiss Piano Trio, the Toronto premiere of a new work by Alexina Louie with the Gryphon
Trio, and performances for visits by world-renowned composers Kryzstof Penderecki, Chen
Yi and Anders Hillborg. Peter was flown to Tokyo, Japan to take part in the international

Yamaha “Junior Original Concert” at Bunkamura Hall, and the following year saw a three-
city tour of mainland China and Hong Kong as part of an exchange of composers and
performers organized by the University of Toronto. Peter recently performed the Canadian
premiere of noted American wind ensemble composer Brian Balmages’ concerto
“Escapades” with the composer conducting.

Peter teaches clarinet, chamber music, performance studies and “The Business of Music”
at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto. He is also the Winds Area Specialist for the
Royal Conservatory of Music’s National College of Examiners, and was the chief compiler
of the 2014 Clarinet Syllabus. Peter is much sought after as an adjudicator at music
festivals across the country, and his website is www.peterstoll.ca.

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Alexander Swete

Alexander Swete

Alexander Swete

GUITAR

ALEXANDER SWETE is internationally most sought-after guitarists from Austria. His expressive playing, sense of sound and virtuosic ease delight both critics and audiences. His international breakthrough started in 1991 after winning the 1st prize at the International Guitar Competition of Radio France in Paris, the world’s most important competition for guitar and the 1st prize at the ARD competition in Munich, Germany. Performances throughout Europe, USA, Australia, China. Alexander Swete has made numerous recordings for radio and television as well as numerous CDs in different styles from “Wiener Klassik” to the contemporary. Alexander Swete is professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.
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Wolfgang Panhofer

Wolfgang Panhofer

Wolfgang Panhofer

CELLO

Born in Vienna, Wolfgang PANHOFER has performed concerts throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the USA where he gave his debut at the Carnegie Hall in 2000. Numerous Radio and Television Broadcast performances include Eurovision with Franz Welser-Moest, a live broadcast shown in 8 countries within Europe. He has performed concertos with Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Franz Welser Moest, Martin Sieghart, Cornelius Meister, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Hans Zender and many others.

Wolfgang has given concerts with world renowned orchestras (Vienna Symphony, Niederösterreichische Tonkünstler Orchestra, Budapest Symphony, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonics of Graz, Lodz, Poznan, Katowice, Kosice, the Baltic Philharmonic, the Slovenian Soloists Orchestra, the Adriatic Philharmonic Ancona, Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic, Opera Orchestra Ljubljana etc.) and is a sought guest of international festivals.

He has recorded for different labels, is juror of many international competitions and teaches masterclasses all over the world.

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Mario Hossen

Mario Hossen

Mario Hossen

VIOLIN

In 2019, MARIO HOSSEN has accepted the proposal for the recording of the complete Quartets and chamber music works by Paganini and founded the “PAGANINI ENSEMBLE VIENNA”.

Mario Hossen is an Austro-Bulgarian soloist, considered as one of the leading interpreters of Paganini’s Music. As a soloist of international acclaim, Mario has performed with renowned orchestras such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio, the Orchestra della Scala di Milano, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Sofia Philharmonic. The complete oeuvre of Paganini for solo violin and for violin with orchestra are available as a historical-critical edition by Doblinger Verlag, the oldest music publishing company in Vienna.

Hossen is a prolific recording artist. Several acclaimed albums with the world première recordings of the most famous pieces of Paganini in their original version were edited by the leading Italian CD Label „Dynamic“ Genova. The 19 feature albums for Doron Music Switzerland and Dynamic have all received international recognition and are distributed by Naxos in more than 70 countries.

Mario Hossen holds several prestigious Awards, among them the City of Sofia, Musician of the Year award. The oldest Bulgarian Music Festival the “Varna Summer International Music festival”(1926), under Prof. Mario Hossen as Artistic Director, was the European Festival Association (EFA), EFFE laureate for the 2019-2020-season and the winner of the European Audience Award.

When he was 17, Mario Hossen performed all 24 of Paganini’s Capricci. Since then, he has given concerts in prestigious international halls of more than 40 countries. As a conducting soloist, he leads the Vienna Chamber Orchestra in the concert series “Concert Spirituel” in Vienna. Mario Hossen plays a G.B. Guadagnini Violin (1749), which is loaned to him by the Austrian National Bank.

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Jeremy Dutcher

Jeremy Dutcher

Jeremy Dutcher

SINGER

Performer, composer, activist, musicologist — these roles are all infused into his art and way of life. His music, too, transcends boundaries: unapologetically playful in its incorporation of classical influences, full of reverence for the traditional songs of his home,and teeming with the urgency of modern-day struggles of resistance.

A member of Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick, Jeremy first did music studies in Halifax before taking a chance to work in the archives at the Canadian Museum of History, painstakingly transcribing Wolastoq songs from 1907 wax cylinders. “Many of the songs I’d never heard before, because our musical tradition on the East Coast was suppressed by the Canadian Government’s Indian Act.” Jeremy heard ancestral voices singing forgotten songs and stories that had been taken from the Wolastoqiyik generations ago.

As he listened to each recording, he felt his own musical impulses stirring from deep within. Long days at the archives turned into long nights at the piano, feeling out melodies and phrases, deep in dialogue with the voices of his ancestors. These “collaborative”compositions, collected together on his debut LP Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, are like nothing you’ve ever heard. Delicate, sublime vocal melodies ring out atop piano lines that cascade through a vibrant range of emotions. The anguish and joy of the past erupt fervently into the present through Jeremy’s bold approach to composition and raw, affective performances enhanced by his outstanding tenor techniques.

“I’m doing this work because there’s only about a hundred Wolastoqey speakers left,” he says. “It’s crucial for us to make sure that we’re using our language and passing it on to the next generation. If you lose the language, you’re not just losing words; you’re losing an entire way of seeing and experiencing the world from a distinctly indigenous perspective.”

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Eric Cadesky

Eric Cadesky

Eric Cadesky

INSTRUMENT MAKER

Eric Cadesky has been fascinated by musical instruments and taking them apart since he was young. Eventually he learned how to put most of them back together. In doing so discovered his passion for designing and building non-traditional music instruments. For the past 43 years he has been building instruments made of glass for the Glass Orchestra, a quartet who have performed locally and around the globe. He is a composer for film, tv, modern dance and ballet and his music has been nominated for numerous awards, recently receiving Best Music Award for his score for the dance film Bears, Stars and Trees. He believes in giving back to the community through workshops, residencies and mentoring. He is very happy to be working with the wonderful team of the Collingwood Music Festival!
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