The Allison Au Quartet performs at 3:00 pm on Sunday October 18, 2015 at the Merrickville United Church.
A Toronto-based modern jazz ensemble, The Allison Au Quartet was Juno-nominated in 2013 for their debut album The Sky Was Pale Blue, Then Grey. Since its formation in 2009, the group has maintained a steady performance schedule at Toronto’s major jazz clubs. They have also attended the Winter Creative Music Residency at the renowned Banff Centre for three consecutive years (2011-2013). During the years 2011 and 2012, the ensemble received funding from the TD Jazz Fellowship Scholarship as well as from The Alfred and Phyllis Balm Scholarship.
Saxophonist/composer Allison Au is constantly intrigued by new sounds and textures and strives to emanate a sense of exploration and discovery in her work. She aims to create musical templates that sound fresh, unconventional, yet engaging and thought-provoking. In August of 2014, Peter Hum of the Ottawa Citizen talked with Allison, who was then writing new material for her next album. At the time, she was experimenting with new music and “different keyboard textures, namely B3 Hammond B3 organ and Wurlitzer. [She said:] I’m also hoping to feature some other Toronto artists in collaborative performances on the disc.” In 2013, Hum wrote that “I was already pretty impressed by the debut disc from Toronto alto saxophonist Allison Au before it was nominated yesterday for a Juno Award — honest…..Au’s clearly putting it all together, and at an early age. I predict a lot of rewarding listening ahead as jazz fans track her progress”.
Allison Au — saxophone
Todd Pentney — keys
Jon Maharaj — bass
Fabio Ragnelli — drums