Sun, October 22, 2017
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Adi Braun at Temerty Theatre, Royal Conservatory Of Music
Adi Braun, one of Canada’s leading jazz vocalists will launch her fifth recording, Moderne Frau, inspired by the music of 1920s Weimar, Berlin. Joining Braun for this performance are: Tom King, piano; Pat Collins, bass; Daniel Barnes, drums/percussion; Tony Quarrington, guitar/banjo; Joseph Macerollo, accordion; Brad Eaton, trumpet,; Conrad Gluch, tenor saxophone and clarinet; and Zack Smith, trombone. Following the performance, Adi Braun will be autographing copies of her recording.
In her live performance, in support of Moderne Frau, Braun pays tribute to the women of Weimar Berlin during the latter part of the interwar period between German’s defeat in World War I in 1918 and Hitler’s rise to power in 1933, when arts and sciences flourished in the Weimar Republic. It was fertile ground for intellectuals, artists, and innovators from many fields. The social environment was chaotic, politics were passionate, and the cabaret scene was decadent. Women had a strong presence in the cabaret scene, performing songs of protest, prostitution, and everyday life, in the clubs. Even the sensational American entertainer and activist Josephine Baker who devoted much of her life to fighting racism – to whom Braun pays tribute in her song Josephine – made frequent visits to perform at cabaret clubs in Berlin during this period.
Moderne Frau features 13 tracks, including three original songs composed by Braun and songs by leading German composers: Kurt Weill, Franz Grothe and Mischa Spoliansky
Temerty Theatre, Royal Conservatory Of Music, 273 Bloor St. W.