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Roddy Ellias at Music and Beyond Festival

UPDATE (June 14): The time has changed to noon; the festival had problems finding a location for this concert for that evening.

The new Music and Beyond Festival in early July will be almost exclusively classical music, but one jazz name does stick out in the listings.

Local jazz guitar master Roddy Ellias will be presenting his own compositions at a concert dedicated to Ottawa composers on Friday, July 9 at noon. Six composers will have their works played at the concert.

Ellias told Ottawa Jazz Scene that the concert will include four of his pieces, part of a larger chamber music work that he is preparing to record in December. With him will be soprano Donna Brown, harpist Jennifer Swartz, and percussionist Ken Simpson on marimba.

He said jazz audiences may recognize some of the music, though it will be performed from a classical rather than a jazz angle. "You write something, you get a lot of mileage out of it."

The only other jazz-related concert will be Tango Boréal, performing the music of Astor Piazzolla, Gardel, and member Denis Plante. They will be performing Monday, July 12 at 11 p.m.

More information on the festival is at http://www.musicandbeyond.ca/

   – Alayne McGregor