Canadian act announcement – Justin Gray & Synthesis and Quartetto Gelato


EMW presents the final two Canadian acts to complete the EMW program: Justin Gray & Synthesis and Quartetto Gelato. These two stunning ensembles will be taking the stage on two different nights to help us begin the celebration right on Thursday, May 24th and finish the festival with a bang on Tuesday, May 29.

Justin Gray & Synthesis is a contemporary world jazz ensemble that explores a captivating cross-cultural blend of Indian and western music. The ensemble will be performing alongside Avarus Ensemble , Kara-Lis Coverdale, and Martin Kuuskmann on opening night, Thursday, May 24 at 7:30pm at the Church fo the Redeemer. The ensemble features Justin Gray on bass veena & electric bass, Ted Quinlan on guitar, Drew Jurecka on violin, Ed Hanley on tabla and Derek Gray on drums, percussion & Tibetan singing bowls.

Bandleader Justin Gray is an award-winning bassist, composer & producer based out of Toronto. In 2010, Gray designed and co-created the bass veena, a multi-stringed instrument, which combines the fretless bass with elements inspired by various Indian stringed instruments. Justin is the first artist to perform on this instrument worldwide.

Quartetto Gelato will be closing the spectacular week of music with Estonian Voices at Lula Lounge on Tuesday, May 29 at 7:30pm. Virtuosic showpieces, romantic tenor arias, pyrotechnical solos, blazing gypsy show pieces, and multi-instrument mastery – this is Quartetto Gelato. With sold-out performances in New York, Washington, L.A., London, Tokyo, Hong Kong and many more centres, this dazzling ensemble has enchanted audiences and critics worldwide with its exotic blend of musical virtuosity, artistic passion and caprice. Classical in training – eclectic by design –Quartetto Gelato’s theatrical stage presence and relaxed humour establishes an intimate rapport with all audiences worldwide.

Quartetto Gelato’s international career was launched when they won the coveted title of NPR Performance Today’s “Debut Artist of the Year”.  In 2007, the group’s first DVD “Quartetto Gelato: A Concert in Wine Country!” was picked up by PBS throughout the U.S. and is still broadcast regularly. They can be heard on the soundtrack of the Hollywood film “Only You”, as well as on Ashley MacIsaac’s hit CD “Hi How are You Today?”  Recently, QG was honored Best Classical Ensemble at Canada's 2010 INDIE awards.

Check out the full bios of these two outstanding ensembles on the artist page and make sure to join us at their concerts! You don't want to miss these two nights of celebration, fun, and stellar musical talent!

Jaan Kittask