David Braid & Borealis String Quartet

An exceptional musical collaboration
bridging jazz piano and string quartet.

7:30pm Thursday, April 7, 2016
Golden Civic Centre


Multiple JUNO award-winning pianist/composer David Braid is a brilliant, multifaceted artist. After a long and impressive career in jazz, Braid has made a radical shift towards a musical hybrid where his creativity works within the rigorous structure of a classical ensemble such as a small chamber orchestra or a string quartet. Increasingly drawn to composition more so than improvisation, Braid has become enamoured of what he calls the extra “sonic resources” available to him via conservatory-trained string musicians who bring exceptional technical control and superb musicality to the stage. He has spent a lot of time performing with the gifted Borealis String Quartet – currently Quartet in Residence at the University of British Columbia – and they have inspired some of his newest compositions.

Braid-p440246132When the Halifax Chronicle-Herald proclaimed, “If Mozart played jazz, he’d be David Braid,” they captured the two aspects of the pianist-composer’s musical focus. And a lucky KHC audience will experience both the excitement of jazz and the elegance of classical music when Braid collaborates with the passionately virtuosic Borealis String Quartet for an evening of cutting-edge chamber music.

Expect refined craftsmanship, delicate tonal colours, nuanced expression, and compositional intelligence as these dazzling performers explore a unique musical realm of beauty and surprise.

On this evening, the musicians will perform one longer piece entitled Chauvet and a variety of shorter pieces composed by David Braid. Named after the Chauvet Caves of the Ardèche region of Southern France, Braid’s composition is a reaction to Werner Herzog’s startling documentary, “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” which examines highly sophisticated art created some 30,000 years ago.


David says of his composition Chauvet : “What drew me back to watch the [Herzog] film again and again is not precisely clear; however, I wanted to spend more time absorbing this ancient creativity so I could create a shared imaginative space with these artists. For me, their art communicates pure expression compared to what I can render in modern times……. most importantly, their desire to create specifically makes me wonder why they needed to do it, or for what purpose. As a musician, that question leads me to another: “Why might the first musician play music?”

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