"A quantum leap": SymphRONica UpfRONt Record Release & 2018/19 Concert Season Launch!

SymphRONica UpfRONt has arrived! Buy it now on CDBaby here (soon on iTunes, Google Play Music, Spotify and other major outlets).

Ron Davis. Piano player, composer, band leader, Edinburgh Festival Fringe favourite, BBC Radio 3 repeat guest, solo artist, critics choice. Ron Davis is many things to many people, and audiences love his shows. Ron and his band of award-winning musicians have kept people listening, loving and coming back for more.

Ron Davis is a Canadian jazz visionary. His music blends genres and pushes boundaries, building on his jazz and classical training, influenced by world music (klezmer, Hungarian, Italian, Brazilian, Latin, Québecois). He seeks new textures, new forms, new compositions, new formations and new ways of presenting his signature sound without losing a connection to audiences. The music is diverse in a characteristically Canadian way.

Ron is the founder of SymphRONica – a creative project that combines jazz, world, groove, pop, classical music and a stellar group of Canadian musicians into a mix that can be found nowhere else. Ron and his musical collaborators have spent years working together, and it shows on stage and in the studio. In Ron’s words “We’ve become good friends over the years, and from that we’ve become attuned to each other’s playing. Just as Toronto is a city composed of many people from many places, SymphRONica is composed of a group of musicians from diverse backgrounds, and every one of them plays with intense passion and pleasure together.” SymphRONica is genre-defying – no one else is combining a jazz ensemble with full symphony orchestras or string quartets.

Ron and SymphRONica’s experiences include performances on BBC Radio 3, and in London (including Trafalgar Square for Canada 150 celebrations), and repeat invitations to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The positive reception and successes reached with their previous 3 albums have shown that SymphRONica is a true example of the height and skill of Canadian instrumental groups.

SymphRONica UpfRONt is Ron’s 12th and SymphRONica’s 3rd collection of his unique, and world renowned sound. UpfRONt, is a quantum leap from his previous works, representing the greater cross–cultural and cross-stylistic diversity of the players and contributors, including Juno Award winner Mike Downes (who also acted as producer). UpfRONt showcases the great Canadian talent that has coalesced in and around SymphRONica. UpfRONt is pure Ron Davis and the entire essence of the SymphRONica project at its peak.

October 25th, 2018 will be the inaugural show of SymphRONica’s 2018/2019 season at 918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media and Education. It will be a celebration of SymphRONica’s 6 years working together and coming together to form a unique jazz ensemble unlike any other in Canada or probably the world, and will include a presentation of some of the music from UpfRONt. You can purchase SymphRONica UpfRONt on CDBaby (here) right now! Soon available on iTunes, Google Play Music, Spotify and other major outlets.

On December 13th, Ron and SymphRONica will be reuniting with artists from the Tap Dance Centre for a third year of unique, vibrant and striking music and dance.

SymphRONica will finish their season with a May 23rd performance celebrating jazz and Western classical music, bringing them together to create The Instrumental Liberation Front – The Jazz of Classical Sound. This promises to be a one-of-a-kind musical experience.

Ron Davis acknowledges with gratitude the invaluable support of the Canada Council for the Arts, FACTOR and the Ontario Arts Council in the making of SymphRONica UpfRONt.


SymphRONica named "One of the best music shows" at Edinburgh Festival Fringe!

One of the top arts magazines, The List, has named SymphRONica as “One of the best music shows … in week one of the festival”! at Edinburgh Festival Fringe on its prestigious #HitList.

This is huge. Edinburgh Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world. It hosts thousands of acts each year. This distinction awarded to Ron and SymphRONica puts them in the ranks of the top jazz acts anywhere.

Read the full piece on The List here.


SYMPHRONICA RETURNS FOR AN INCREDIBLE 2017/18 SEASON!

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Ron Davis and Symphronica are back from an brilliant summer in the U.K. Trafalgar Square, BBC Radio 3, Edinburgh Festival Fringe and more – what a smashing run!

Now it’s on to a buzzing 2017/18 season of SymphRONica. From a brass quintet to a pre-recording extravaganza to a celebration of SymphRONica’s great individual musicians: this is the creative spirit of jazz at another level!

From an enthusiastic SymphRONic return to the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe with record-breaking audiences to performing at the official Canada 150 celebrations in London’s historic Trafalgar Square; from the release of his new solo album RythmaRON to a show at the renowned National Arts Centre, 2017 is the year of Ron Davis, and 2018 will continue the momentum with more shows, more music and more of Ron Davis’ signature style.

Ron Davis’ SymphRONica is all about the sound. They’re always entertaining, always engaging and they’ve dazzled audiences on both sides of the Atlantic, including appearances on BBC Radio 3 and at the Pan Am Games, London’s SouthBank Centre and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. They’ve used
their genre-bending blend of music to wow them in Glasgow and leave them calling for more in London. SymphRONica has dazzled New York City and become Canada’s treasured source of symphRONic entertainment. Now they’re back to lead Toronto down the rhythmic path that Ron Davis and SymphRONica have discovered.

3 AMAZING SHOWS:

  • NOV. 30 – SYMPHRONICA MEETS THE BADASS HOGTOWN BRASS – AGAIN! – details / tickets here
  • FEB. 1 – SYMPHRONICA – INTO THE STUDIO – details / tickets here
  • MAY 24 – SYMPHRONICA SOLO – details / tickets here

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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.