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David Braid - Composer. Improviser. Pianist.

Saturday, December 7, 2024 at 7:30 pm

$30 per ticket


The 22nd concert in the York Place Musical Salon.


David Braid - Composer. Improviser. Pianist.

About the Event

Acclaimed Canadian composer, improviser and jazz pianist David Braid is visiting Vancouver Island in December 2024 following his tour in Denmark, Poland and the UK. It is our good fortune that he will join us in the Salon to perform selections from his own compositions for solo piano, as heard on some of his Juno award-winning recordings.


Combining harmonic intricacies fundamental to European classical music and the spontaneity of American jazz, Braid’s original music engages audiences with melodic lyricism and rhythmic pulses that do not conform neatly to any one musical genre. For lovers of jazz and the piano, and for folks who like to be adventurous in their musical taste, do not miss this performance!


Here are some previews of David's music...




Tickets will be released on Monday, October 7, 2024.

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About the Musician
David Braid

Hailed as "one of Canada's true Renaissance men" (The Ottawa Citizen) composer, improviser, and pianist, David Braid is a ten-time nominee and four-time recipient of Canada's highest music prize - the Juno Award.


David Braid is a Steinway Artist, Composer-in-Residence for Sinfonia UK Collective, Guest Artist of the Danish National Music Conservatory, and Affiliate Artist of the University of Liverpool’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Composition and Technology.


First emerging as an "Ace Jazz Pianist" (The New York Observer) Braid turned to composing chamber music prioritizing narrative, colour, rhythm, spontaneity, and inclusion of musical techniques absorbed from over twenty years of international artistic collaboration.


Concertizing throughout the UK, Scandinavia, Europe, Russia, Central Asia, The Far East, Australia, Brazil, and Canada his original music is described as: "brilliant" (Montreal Gazette), "enchanting" (The Age, Australia), "une force poétique" (Le Soleil), and "hauntingly beautiful" (The Globe & Mail).


His first instrumental chamber music album, FLOW (Steinway & Sons Label) with the Epoque Quartet (Prague) is described by the Los Angeles Examiner as “an exceptional work... created with patience, love and understanding of the human condition, form, and structure”. His first choral composition, “Corona Divinae Misericordiae” was nominated for Classical Album of the Year in Canada, and his first film score won two CSAs (Canadian Screen Awards) for “Best Original Score” and “Best Original Song".


Braid’s brief foray into writing dramatic music includes arrangements and compositions for the Chet Baker-inspired bio-pic, "Born to Be Blue" starring Ethan Hawke, considered by The Telegraph (UK) as one of the top 20 jazz films of all time. Braid's jazz score was praised for its "contemporary patina without sacrificing period authenticity" (The Times, UK). He also received a CSA nomination for his orchestra score to the 2022 film, “Delia’s Gone” starring Stephan James and Marisa Tomei.


Braid is a recipient of the Ontario Foundation for the Arts’ prestigious prize: "Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award for Keyboard Artistry".


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