As part of the UPEI Music Department Recital Series, the Toronto-based jazz trio Myriad will perform at Dr. Steel Recital Hall on Tuesday, January 22 at 7:30 pm.
Myriad was an “accident.” Chris Donnelly (piano), Daniel Fortin (bass), and Ernesto Cervini (drums) had never played together until a few substitutions and a twist of fate put them on stage together for the first time in late 2010. Since then, the trio has been making music in every jazz club in the greater Toronto area.
The band is a true collective. Each member acts simultaneously as a leader and a sideman. They play mostly original music that features different aspects of jazz improvisation, ensemble playing, and contemporary composition. Myriad is modern jazz, meets classical, meets pop, meets Oscar Peterson.
Donnelly represents a new generation of jazz pianists, composers, and improvisers dedicated to creating programs that are engaging, entertaining, and educating. He is continually praised for his virtuosic performances, musicality, versatility, and ability to captivate audiences.
Fortin was born and raised in Peterborough, Ontario. He graduated from the University of Toronto’s Jazz Performance Program in 2007. Since moving to Toronto, Dan has been an active member of the city’s music scene, playing with the likes of Mike Ruby, David Occhipinti, Dave Restivo, Barry Romberg, Harley Card, Chris Donnelly, and many others.
Cervini is making a name for himself as a consummate bandleader and in-demand sideman, repeatedly praised for his deeply musical, infectiously energetic talents. “Time Out New York” encapsulated Cervini as “a buoyant drummer as well as a sharp composer and bandleader,” while the jazz bible, “Downbeat” described his fluid style as one that “exemplifies ‘float like a butterfly, sting like a bee’.”
Myriad will be touring Canada to celebrate the release of their debut album with Alma Records.
A one-semester pass ($84 for adults; $56 for students/seniors) is available and provides access to seven recitals this winter at a 20% discount.