This Sunday afternoon, you can hear the new grand piano at GigSpace played by the musician who made sure it was in fine shape before being purchased.

Bernie Senensky ©2014 Brett Delmage
Bernie Senensky ©2014 Brett Delmage
Toronto pianist and three-time Juno nominee Bernie Senensky is back in Ottawa, for a duo show at GigSpace with guitarist Roddy Ellias. And he'll be playing the new piano.

This spring, after a successful fundraising campaign, GigSpace went looking for a piano, and found one outside Toronto. GigSpace artistic director Marilee Townsend-Alcorn wrote they had it checked by two Yamaha technicians, but “we wanted someone who knows pianos: the feel, the sound, to actually play it before we made an offer to purchase.”

“Bernie Senensky was able to clear his schedule and make time to do it right away. He played the piano for over an hour, all styles of music, and gave us a big thumbs up. And we have since received only high praise for its beautiful sound!”

Senensky was last in Ottawa a year ago, opening the weekly jazz series at the now-defunct ZenKitchen. His duo concert there with Ellias was warmly received by a full house of intent jazz listeners. was there and recorded the first set. You can watch some fun excerpts from their previous show below.

Just like their ZenKitchen show, Ellias says, this Sunday's matinée show will feature mostly jazz standards and a few originals by each of them. But this time, Bernie will be playing a real piano.

    – Alayne McGregor

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