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Indo-Jazz Fusion Ensemble Autorickshaw and acclaimed pianist Winston Choi and violinist headline the 2006-07 Music of All Latitudes Concert Series (MOAL)

(Above) Indo-jazz fusion ensemble - Autorickshaw (photo by Dianna Last), (below) Duo Diorama - featuring Winston Choi, piano & Minghuan Xu, violin. (photo by Chad Johnston)

(Scarborough, ON) - On Saturday, November 18, 2006 at 7:30pm, Indo-Jazz fusion ensemble Autorickshaw kicks off the Cultural Affairs concert series in the ARC Theatre. Tickets are $12 Adults and $10 Students/Seniors and can be purchased from the UofTtix Box Office. Advance (in-person) sales begin October 4 from Rm B320 (Weekdays 11am to 5pm). Online (www.uofttix.ca -24 hours) and Tel (416.978.8849 - Weekdays 11am to 5pm) sales begin October 18th. 

Buy tickets to both MOAL concerts and save up to 20% off the regular single ticket price. The MOAL Double Pass is $20 Adults and $16 Students/Seniors.

The goal of Music of All Latitudes (MOAL) is to offer a fusion, variety, and richness of musical invention. Past performers include the Toronto Tabla Ensemble, the Kiyoshi Nagata Ensemble, Ballet Creole, Maderaz, Ron Korb, Adonis Puentes, Tasa, the Madawaska String Quartet, GaPa, Heather Bambrick, and Adam Solomon.

About the Artists

Autorickshaw's music lies on the cultural cutting edge, as contemporary jazz and funk easily rub shoulders with the classical music of India. Formed in 2003, Autorickshaw has swiftly risen to become one of the most intriguing acts on the world music and jazz landscapes, garnering a 2004 JUNO nomination for World Music Album of the Year. Autorickshaw has toured widely in Canada, including appearances at the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Vancouver and Winnipeg Folk Festivals, as well a numerous appearances at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto. US appearances include performances at Joe’s Pub in New York City and at The Kennedy Centre in Washington DC.

"The ensemble consists of a mash-up of four of Canada’s most exciting and musically interesting young musicians: vocalist Suba Sankaran, tabla player Ed Hanley, bassist Rich Brown and exotic percussionist Debashis Sinha. All four have achieved excellence on their respective instruments. When their forces are combined, the results are utterly unique and musically pioneering." [The Record]

Equally at home in the standard works as well as contemporary repertoire, Duo Diorama (Minghuan Xu, violin and Winston Choi, piano) has been establishing itself as one of the most exciting and charismatic duos of its kind.  Comprised of two renowned soloists who can effectively blend their distinctive personalites together to create a unified whole, the duo maintains an active performing and touring schedule.  They recently had their successful NY debut at Carnegie-Weill Recital Hall and have performed all over North America. Their upcoming concerts for the  2006-07 season will also bring them to such international destinations as Argentina, Brazil, China, Hong Kong, Sweden, and Switzerland.

“Xu's fiddling featured spotless finger and bow technique, a keen feel for dramatic flair, and a big, sturdy tone free of forcing. Choi’s sound was lively and lucid... and his shaping of material showed insightful articulation of phrase and voicing. [-New Music Connoisseur]

MOAL is presented as part of ‘Asia Arts’ -  a year long festival of arts and cultural events celebrating the rich history and diversity of Canada’s Asian community. Please visit www.utsc.utoronto.ca/cultural/asiaarts for more information. MOAL is presented by the Cultural Affairs Music Committee, University of Toronto Scarborough and is made possible through the generous support of Manulife Financial, the Scarborough Campus Students’ Union, the Council on Student Services, and the Scarborough Mirror (Official Media Sponsors).

The University of Toronto Scarborough is located at 1265 Military Trail (South of Hwy 401 at Morningside). Please click here  for maps and parking rates.

For more info, please click here or call 416.208.4769 or contact: Leah Takata, Cultural Affairs Coordinator, Tel: 416.287.7076 Fax: 416.287.7176  Assistant: 416.208.4769  or email: cultural@utsc.utoronto.ca




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