SymphRONica and The Music of Louis Simão

Saturday February 15
918 Bathurst Centre for Culture – 918 Bathurst St, Toronto M5R 3G5
Doors: 7:30 Music: 8:00
TICKETS: $20 advance/ $25 door; students/seniors $10 (All prices HST included.)

Tickets & info: bemusednetwork.com

SymphRONica is all about the collaborations between Ron Davis and many great musicians, in Toronto and beyond. One of those musicians is the award-winning, multi-talented, multi-faceted Portuguese-Canadian Louis Simão. Bassist, guitarist, accordionist, composer, arranger, vocalist - it seems as though there's nothing Louis cannot do. And he does them all with profound musicality.

Ron Davis & Louis Simão
Ron Davis & Louis Simão

Louis has been working with SymphRONica for several years. This includes stints on bass, contributions as an arranger, and one stellar contribution as a composer/arranger with his gorgeous tune A Luz (da Partida), which appears on the 2019 release SymphRONica UpfRONt (see video here).

Not only will the show be a celebration of SymphRONica and Louis Simão. The musicians will also be celebrating Ron's JUNO Award nomination for SymphRONica UpfRONt a Instrumental Album of the Year!

Come, join in the energy and beauty of the music and the JUNO vibe via SymphRONica's rewiring of jazz, in the words of what one U.K. reviewer "jazz like you’ve never heard it before".

SPECIAL GUEST MC: JAYMZ BEE!

 

SPECIAL GUEST MC: JAYMZ BEE!
Jaymz Bee

#SymphRONica #JUNOS


Silent Movie Music LIVE: Chaplin's The Circus

Tuesday January 21 8:00pm
The Jazz Bistro
251 Victoria Street, Toronto - (416) 363-5299
Details: jazzbistro.ca

Pianist Ron Davis and percussionist Graham Hargrove combine musical forces to create a live soundtrack for Charlie Chaplin's immortally hilarious "The Circus". One of the funniest films ever. Child-friendly. Full food and drinks menu available.


Mezzetta Wednesday Night Concerts

Wednesday, 27 November 2019 from 21:00-23:00
Mezzetta Restaurant – 81 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C 1A7
(416) 658-5687 /mezzettarestaurant.com
$10 cover

Ron Davis and bass wiz Lauren Falls in one of Toronto’s premier jazz series: the Mezzetta Restaurant & Tapas Bar Wednesday Night concerts. An evening of great original jazz, wine and some of the best Mediterranean food you’ll ever have. Reservations recommended. Details here.


Lawyer's Feed the Hungry Annual Christmas Dinner

Wednesday December 18, 2018
Law Society of Ontario

For the 19th 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.

 


SymphRONica Season 7 (2019/20): The Opener!

Saturday November 9
918 Bathurst Centre for Culture – 918 Bathurst St, Toronto M5R 3G5
Doors: 7:30 Music: 8:00
TICKETS: $20 advance/ $25 door; students/seniors $10 (All prices HST included.)

Tickets & info: bemusednetwork.com

Special Guest MC: Jaymz Bee

Fresh from a successful run of August shows at the world's largest arts festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Ron Davis and SymphRONica embark on a seventh (!) season of - in the words of one U.K. Fringe reviewer - "jazz like you’ve never heard it before".

SymphRONica was chosen as a Fringe Critics' Pick by The Herald. Best of Fringe by Out of Hand Scotland. Four Stars from the prestigious Wee Review. Audience reviews on the Fringe website included such raves as "Phenomenal" and "Jazz genius at work".

For this season opener, SymphRONica will be offering new music and some old favourites, but always featuring Ron's and SymphRONica's commitment to the energy and beauty of the music via their rewiring of jazz with other influences. Come hear what all the buzz in the U.K. was about!

#SymphRONica

SymphRONica 2019/20
SymphRONica at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019

"Jazz in The Atrium" Free Noontime Concert with Rebecca Enkin

Wednesday November 6, 2019
12:00 Noon

Princess Margaret Hospital
610 University Avenue, Toronto

Free Admission

Ron accompanies one of Canada’s finest jazz singers as part of the wonderful Princess Margaret Hospital Music in the Atrium series.


SymphrRONica: Open Rehearsal

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Gallery 345
#3 - 345 Sorauren Avenue Toronto, ON M6R 2G5
Tickets: PWYC
Suggested $20/$10 Students & Seniors
Purchase tickets in advance at Eventbrite.com
Reserve tickets at info@gallery345.com (Cash only at the door)

On the heels of a critically acclaimed ("4 Stars!", "[The] reinvention of jazz for modern ears") three-week run at world's largest arts festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Ron Davis and his genre-defying, boundary-pushing 8-piece group SymphRONica are wasting no time before launching a new season of concerts (their seventh), and a new recording (Ron's 13th).

SymphRONica isn't jazz with classical accompaniment or jazzed-up classical music. It's tuneful, inventive music with big grooves and melodies the leaves audiences moved, excited and humming. SymphRONica captures original compositions, newly reinvigorated jazz standards and world melodies with energy, pizzazz and groove that explore new musical realms across a journey of enjoyment. It’s rich, it’s substantial and above all it’s entertaining, presented with wit, wisdom and irreverence by the classically trained jazz adventurer, Ron Davis.

This open rehearsal is a chance to catch Ron and SymphRONica right before they perform a concert that will then become their next recording. It will be an informal performance, with stops and starts, a front row seat to the musical creative process in the beautiful and intimate setting of Gallery 345.

Some critical reactions to SymphRONica:

“Ron Davis’ SymphRONica is truly an ensemble like no other. Energetic, virtuosic, charming, worldly … excitingly unpredictable and fresh… virtuosity and drive …” - WholeNote
“Superb (SymphRONica)” - The Royal Philharmonic Society, UK
“Four Stars… wonderfully wayward eclecticism… sumptuously floating … deftly ranging keyboard work … a wonderful excursion … a pulsing, slamming drive … enjoyably intimate, salon vibe.” – The Scotsman
“Not like anything else out there. …Your mind will be blown … a sound which truly represents modern jazz music!” – OrcaSound
“No wonder he’s been called “one of the great minds in Jazz” by JazzFM and “an innovative force within the world of Jazz” by The National Post.” – TorontoMoon

 


Other Ron Davis Shows at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019

In addition to his SymphRONica performances at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Ron will be playing in these fantastic music presentations:

  •  Daniela Nardi's Espresso Manifesto - 10 shows at Valvona & Crolla (details)
  •  Afternoon Jazz at the Leith Depot - 9 shows (details)
  •  The Transatlantic Jazz à Trois - 2 shows at the Scottish Arts Club (details)
  • Round Midnight Sessions (w TAHP: Susanna Macdonald/Kevin Barrett) at Argyle Cellar Bar (details)

 


RON DAVIS & ROSS MACINTYRE at MEZZETTA

Wednesday, 5 June 2019 from 21:00-23:00
Mezzetta Restaurant - 81 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C 1A7
(416) 658-5687 /mezzettarestaurant.com
$10 cover

Ron Davis and bass virtuoso Ross MacIntyre  in one of Toronto's premier jazz series: the Mezzetta Wednesday Night concerts. An evening of great original jazz, wine and some of the best Mediterranean food you'll ever have. Reservations recommended. Details at the Mezzetta website (here).


SymphRONica Back for a Fourth Year at the World's Largest Arts Fest - Edinburgh Festival Fringe!

**** (4 Stars) – The Scotsman
**** (4 Stars) – The Herald

When SymphRONica first appeared on the Fringe in 2016, audiences and media alike responded to the band’s chamber music panache and jazz dive grit with enthusiasm. BBC Radio 3’s In Tune featured them on three episodes. Subsequent visits to Edinburgh in August, which have included rave receptions at Fringe by the Sea in North Berwick and the Tron Theatre in Glasgow, have seen the SymphRONica Appreciation Society’s UK division gather momentum.

With a brand-new album, SymphRONica UpfRONt leading the charge and a line-up that combines Davis’ compatriot, guitarist and musical director, Kevin Barrett with leading Scottish players including drummer and Jazzwise magazine ‘One to Watch’ Stephen Henderson and violinist and radio presenter Seonaid Aitken, SymphRONica is set to take Fringe 2019 by storm. This is the music you’ve been looking for, the jazz you want to hear.

August 6–10, 2019 - 10:00pm - The Jazz Bar (info/tickets)
August 12–23, 2019 - 8:50pm - theSpace @ Niddry Street (info/tickets)
Fringe box office:  +44 131 226 0000 / www.edfringe.com