RON DAVIS RELEASES RhythmaRON - 11th RECORDING / FIRST ALL SOLO PIANO OUTING IN 40 YEARS!

Ron Davis – RhythmaRON
A Trip Back to the Basics

Ron Davis, Toronto’s much-loved jazz pianist, has created a musical style that is simply known as “Ron’s style”. RhythmaRON, Ron Davis’ first solo piano album in his 40-year career, is a trip back to the basics to where it began. It is solo piano in the style of the greats: Earl “Fatha” Hines, Thomas “Fats” Waller, Willie “The Lion” Smith, Thelonious Monk, Oscar Peterson and Art Tatum. These are the works that shaped his world, the ones that he fastidiously studied until he knew every note, every pause and every part. “Handful of Keys”, “Piano Starts Here”, “Tracks”, “Solo Monk” were on his heavy rotation list and he performs them as only Ron Davis can.

As Ron puts it: “Those records got me started. They lit a fire in me. I began practicing as much as I could, so I could sound like my idols. Solo piano was where I wanted to go, and I got there eventually. First in the basement on my own, then in school and finally at my first gigs, all before I was old enough to vote, and all solo. When I started playing piano I played solo, and after 20 years of duos, trios, quartets and shows with my eight musician Pocket SymphRONica, I’m going back to where I began.“

RhythmaRON is Ron Davis’ eleventh album and includes the sounds and styles that informed his musical world from his beginnings as a pianist through to today. Ron Davis loves to share music and to add his creative twist to everything that he performs. This is how he describes the tunes:

1. Rhythmaron (Ron Davis) – Based on George Gershwin’s “I Got Rhythm” with a well-known Art Tatum sequence
2. Give Me the Simple Life (R. Bloom & H. Ruby) – First heard performed by Oscar Peterson, which becomes a never-to-be-forgotten musical aha moment.
3. You Can’t Do That (J. Lennon & P. McCartney) – The Beatles meet Boogie Woogie
4. A Child Is Born (Thad Jones & Alec Wilder) – A ballad, exploring beauty in music.
5. The Fishin’ Hole (E. Sloane, E. Hagen & H. Spencer) – Playing around with the theme song from the old TV classic “Andy of Mayberry”.
6. Moon River (H. Mancini & J. Mercer) – Henry Mancini’s timeless classic, played with a twist influenced by Eric Satie.
7. Jitterbug Waltz (T. Waller, M. Manners & C. Grean) – A swing era classic transposed into a minor key, giving it more ‘jitter’ than the original.
8. Cullibalue (Ron Davis) –The. Blues.
9. Over the Rainbow (H. Arlen & Y. Harburg) – Surely one of the most beautiful songs ever written.
10. Secret Love (S. Fain & P. Webster) – A good old straight-ahead jazz standard.
11. Rockin’ in Rhythm (D. Ellington, H. Carney & I. Mills) – A rollicking nod to master pianist, Duke Ellington.
12. You Must Believe in Spring (M. Legrand) – A haunting, gorgeous song made famous by Bill Evans.
13. Swing Street (Ron Davis) – Returning to his roots, Ron plays some klezmer stride that first kindled his musical curiosity and passion.

RhythmaRON was recorded over three days in February 2017 on a Bosendorfer Imperial Grand with longtime producer/engineer colleague and friend Dennis Patterson. Ron Davis is proud of the results. It took him many years to return to solo playing. It was worth the wait.

2017 LIVE PERFORMANCES:
June 20/21 RhythmaRON CD Release – Jazz Bistro
July 1 Trafalgar Square, London UK – Official Canada 150 Celebrations
July 1 Savoy Hotel, London UK – Official Canada 150 Celebrations
July 3 La Belle Angele, Edinburgh, Scotland
August 14 – 19 & 21– 26 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, The Scottish Arts Club
September Stratford, Ontario
November Ron Davis’ Pocket SymphRONica Lula Lounge Series begins

NOTABLE RON DAVIS RECORDINGS:
Pocket SymphRONica
SymphRONica
Mungle Music
Shimmering Rhythm
Subaraashi Live

NOTABLE QUOTES:
“Firmly established as an innovative force within the world of jazz.” – National Post

“One of the most tenacious and engaging musical artists in Canada… an artist at the peak of his creativity and technical facility.” – WholeNote

“Ron Davis is a name that is synonymous with creativity, inventiveness, eclecticism… an unclassifiable pianist, a great virtuoso, a genius composer…” L’Express

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RON DAVIS & SYMPHRONICA TAKE OVER LONDON FOR CANADA 150

Saturday July 1, 2017
Trafalgar Square, London, England

Ron Davis and SymphRONica have been invited by Canada’s High Commission in the U.K. to perform in the heart of London- historic Trafalgar Square– on July 1, Canada Day as part of CANADA 150 – the official celebrations of Canada’s 150 birthday.

The past few years have been good to Ron and his team. Their “Pocket SymphRONica” recording topped the charts, and they were honored with being the Critic’s Choice performers at the 2015 Pan Am Games. They finished an impressive 10-show run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016– AND became BBC Radio 3 regular performers.

It looks like 2017 is going to be another exciting year for Ron and SymphRONica. After captivating the crowds at the Chamber Music America Conference in New York City- where they were jury-selected performers- they have also been invited back to Edinburgh to perform 12 more shows! BBC Radio 3 is also excited to potentially have them back as guest performers.

Details for their performance in London are being finalized. Stay up to date with all the latest Ron Davis and SymphRONica information here.


Lawyer's Feed the Hungry Annual Christmas Dinner

Wednesday December 14, 2016
Law Society of Upper Canada

For the 16th year running, Ron and some of Canada’s finest musicians are donating their time and talents to bring music and cheer to the less fortunate. This year’s band includes Colleen Allen, Kevin Barrett, Andrew Chung, Drew Birston and Steve Heathcoate.


SYMPHRONICA INVITED BACK TO BBC RADIO 3 AND THE SOUTHBANK

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Tuesday October 4
4:30 – 6:30 pm
Southbank Centre, London UK

Following a hugely successful appearance in August as part of his appearances at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Ron and his SymphRONica jazz/world/groove/classical music project will be featured again on BBC Radio 3’s prestigious “In Tune” show, live from London’s great Southbank Centre. Come by or listen live!


Ron Davis and Symphronica featured on BBC Radio 3

As part of Ron’s appearances at Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August, he and his Symphronica project we be featured on BBC Radio 3’s prestigious “In Tune” show. The broadcast will take place, live, between 4:30pm – 6:30pm in the UK or 11:30an – 1:30pm EDT on August 8, 2016.
Ron will be sharing his thoughts and music with millions of listeners in the UK and all over the world who listen to the show.  You can catch it online at the BBC Radio 3 web site [http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3].
This radio appearance previews the 6 shows Ron and his Symphronica project will be performing at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world’s largest Arts Festival. Details at the Edinburgh Festival Fringesite [https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/ron-davis-symphronica].

INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN HAS LAUNCHED TO GET RON & SYMPHRONICA TO THE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE!

Help Ron, along with Daniela’s Nardi’s Espresso Manifesto and four great Canadian poets get to the world’s biggest arts festival. Be a part of the journey here.

Ron and his classical-jazz-world-pop post-fusion ensemble Symphronica, along singer-songwriter and creator of Espresso Manifesto, Daniela Nardi, and an acclaimed collective of Canadian poets called ‘The Shaken and the Stirred’ featuring Jeanette Lynes, Ian Burgham and Catherine Graham have all been invited by The Scottish Arts Club to perform at the world’s largest arts festival: the Edinburgh Festival Fringe!

They are being presented as a spotlight on Canadian Arts. Each artist is booked to perform six one-hour shows between August 11 and August 21. This is the first time in its history that the Scottish Arts Club has invited a Canadian collective to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe.

As soon Ron was asked to perform at Edinburgh, he said a resounding YES! How could he turn it down? Soon after, he realized this is quite an endeavour. To do it right, he and his fellow artists will need a little help from their friends.

HELP RON AND ALL THE OTHER ARTISTS REPRESENT CANADA AT EDINBURGH FRINGE 2016! SUPPORT THEIR INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN HERE]

EVERY CONTRIBUTION WILL HELP THEM GET THERE. There are perks available for every level of support from $10 to $5000! These include autographed works by the artists, VIP tickets to performances, house concerts and a whisky nosing with world-renowned expert Charles Maclean of Scotland!

PLEASE HELP OUT. And please spread the word! Forward this campaign to anyone you think might be interested in helping the cause. Share this campaign on social media: Facebook, Twitter or however else you can think of 🙂

Help us Ron and other great Canadian artists make their way halfway across the world… YOUR SUPPORT MEANS THE WORLD!


Ron Davis Featured in Doc Short from Paul Hahn Pianos

Ron Davis was recently the subject of a short documentary feature produced by Paul Hahn Pianos in Toronto. Ron is shown playing the beautiful jazz standard “A Child Is Born”, and talking about music. Paul Hahn Pianos is a legendary Canadian provider of pianos now in its second century of business.


POCKET SYMPHRONICA CD RELEASE

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

TORONTO – The highly acclaimed pianist/bandleader/composer and Torontonian RON DAVIS is set to launch his new collection of one-of-a-kind original music with POCKET SYMPHRONICA. The innovative, eclectic album is being released on the brand new label, Really Records, and the concert – which includes exceptional musicians Aline Homzy, Kevin Barrett, Mike Downes and Roger Travassos – takes place on Thursday, February 4th at 7:30 pm at Toronto’s Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas Street West.

Ron Davis literally does it all when it comes to musical genres. Like his beloved multicultural home Toronto, his music is beautifully diverse, and covers an extensive musical range – from Lady Gaga to Glenn Gould – and a rich range of collaborating artists, from rock guitarist Jason Nett and Japanese drum group Nagata Shachu to Argentinian dance sensation The Lombard Twins.

Following on the heels of Davis’ great success with his brainchild, the jazz-symphony fusion album Symphronica – a movement that combines jazz, world, classical, and pretty much anything stimulating and fascinating – fans can now enjoy the pocket-sized, chamber version with POCKET SYMPHRONICA. Recorded in 2015 at Imagine Sound Studios in Toronto, Pocket Symphronica has already been honoured, with the City of Toronto choosing “Jeanamora” for its Music311 program celebrating Toronto music and musicians. It features Ron Davis on piano, as well as a driving bass solo by the incomparable Mike Downes and a stellar drum solo from Roger Travassos.

The more compact Symphronica has all of the same passion and innovation as the full orchestral format, but consists of Ron’s electric/acoustic jazz/pop quartet, plus an energetic string quartet, playing his own tunes. Davis incorporates an amazing mélange of sounds and rhythms in his works, while still managing to create a thoroughly cohesive album.

His massive skill in the use of strings is outstanding, especially in songs like D’Hora – almost a samba groove with melodic Middle Eastern lines. As Ron says, “I didn’t conceive of it as a hora dance, but unconsciously I stuck the word in the title. So it must be a hora. Except it isn’t a hora.” Or the song Presto, based on one of Beethoven’s string quartets, and appropriately titled, as the energetic, sprinting violins match Davis’ piano at breakneck speed. Or the intense violin-and-cello standoff on Fugue & Variations on Gaga and Poker Face, where Lady Gaga is baked right into the mix when the middle-section strings play only the notes G – A – G – A!

Davis is in fact very methodical with his creations and likes to “play” with the notes as in the Gaga tune. He does the same in Blues 54 (his token blues piece), which gets its name from the fact that the melody scales the keyboard playing every fifth note, and then similarly, playing every fourth note. His playfulness also turns up in Pentuptism, a nod to gospel music including Davis’ essential Hammond B3, it has five beats to a bar (“Pent“), plus it has that inherent optimism present in most music of that genre.

Davis can amp up the cool factor with the heavy groove and spine-tingling violins of Gruvmuv – which he premiered with DJ LRS, who scratched to it, in a co-presentation at the Glenn Gould Variations concert. Or the pop ballad Love Song, written by Jason Nett, and featuring a sexy electric guitar solo by Kevin Barrett. Davis also manages to smash it when it comes to the sweet, elegantly slow waltz Danza Daniela, inspired by his beautiful wife and musical collaborator Daniela Nardi. He really captures a kind of melancholic nature in that song and others, like the haunting lament Chassal Siddur Pesach – a breathtaking, achingly beautiful and rarely heard traditional Passover song that his father, who survived the Holocaust, brought over with him from his birth village in Romania. This tune also recalls a waltz tempo in parts, but the mournful cello and bass are heavy, almost as if the weight is too much to endure. Then it switches to a deep, syncopated drum line underpinning dulcet violin and poignant piano. It should be mentioned that the cello, by George Meanwell and Andrew Downing, remains remarkable throughout the entire album, as do the drums and percussion from Roger Travassos.

Quirky is a word often used to describe Davis’ work, and he certainly demonstrates it in the Jaggy Dancepiece. He says, “I was obsessed by this barnyard-like theme that my mind’s ear concocted,” but this is no Charlotte’s Web. It’s more like Oklahama gone awry, complete with rhythmic handclaps, a simplistic, child-like, dissonant chunky piano under meandering, tinkling, jazzy piano and sprightly strings. The tune evokes all kinds of barnyard imagery. Then there’s the unexpected, flouncy guitar solo from Kevin Barrett, where he whimsically quotes the child’s taunt, “nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah.”

The eleven-track album was produced by Dennis Patterson, Ron Davis, Mike Downes, Roger Travassos and Kevin Barrett and utilizes brilliant talent of string musicians Jessica Deutsch (violin), Ben Plotnick (violin, viola), Aline Homzy (violin), Aleksander Gajic (violin) and Anna Atkinson (viola).

WHO: Ron Davis w/ Aline Homzy, Kevin Barrett, Mike Downes, Roger Travassos
WHAT: CD launch concert for Pocket Symphronica
WHERE: Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. West
WHEN: Thursday, February 4th, 2016
TICKETS: $20 Adv. / $25 Door https://www.bemusednetwork.com/events/detail/131
WEBSITE: www.rondavismusic.com / www.lula.ca
Twitter: @rondavismusic

This project is funded in part by FACTOR, the Government of Canada and Canada’s private radio broadcasters. Ce projet est financé en partie par FACTOR, le gouvernement du Canada et les radiodiffuseurs privés du Canada.

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