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Gia & The Unpredictable Update

Saturday, August 02 2014, 9:45pm - 11:55pm
Gia & The Unpredictable Update are built around the virtuosic musical skill and imaginative compositions of pianist/keyboardist and band leader Gia Ionesco. His talents have attracted the attention of the cream of the crop of Toronto jazz players. The all-star cast of The Unpredictable Update comprise saxophonist Johnny Johnson (Holly Cole, Molly Johnson), bassist Alex St.Kitts (Mike Downes, Pat Kilbride, Pat LaBarbera), percussionist Alan Hetherington (Nexus, Vuja De), drummer Wilson Laurencin (Marc Jordan, Victor Wooten). Together, Gia and his comrades make musical magic; their sound is a daringly genre-defying blend of world, fusion, jazz, classical and progressive rock elements, one that places them in the vanguard of contemporary jazz. “Simply a genius” the Haifa Morning Newspaper, Israel; “A much traveled musical journey man…” Acid Attack Music, UK; “Probably the best stuff Wakeman never did! Touches all kinds of genres symphonically speaking!” Gagliarchives Radio, Philadelphia; “Negotiating the tightrope between traditional jazz and fusion, with Latin and avant-garde influences or grooves inspired by the folklore or his native Romanian, Gia and his band is one of the most entertaining band …” Tom Taylor, The REX, Toronto. As the group's name suggests, you should always expect the unexpected from them. The high-energy and dizzying virtuosity of the band routinely elicits amazement from the audience. The Romanian-born Canadian and classically-trained Gia call it "jazz meets symphonic meets rock meets balkanic meets world music." Having such versatile and experienced players alongside allows him to realize the free-spirited eclecticism of his musical vision. The result is an always thrilling concert experience. The group is the brainchild of a true musical renaissance man, Gia Ionesco. This keyboardist/composer/bandleader has a profound knowledge of and love for a vast spectrum of styles, and his work is infused with a genuine artistic free spirit. To support his compositions, Gia surrounds himself only with the best. All members of the band have been recognized nationally and internationally for their musical contributions. Last year the band was invited by The Shanghai Spring International Music Festival representing Canada, toured China Shanghai and nearby cities. And also performed at the most prestigious The Peace Hotel Shanghai. Gia & The Unpredictable Update made a great impression for the local jazz scene, an eye-opener to the Shanghai jazz crowd; they enjoyed a huge success in China.
Location: The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar
Contact: 1-416-890-7193


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