Saturday, March 3, 2012 - two sets: 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Tickets: $20 per set (available at Alcorn Music Studios, 953 Gladstone Avenue, and at The Leading Note, 370 Elgin Street)

  • David Occhipinti - guitar
  • Kim Ratcliffe - guitar
  • Roddy Ellias - guitar
  • Ted Quinlan - guitar

Four of Canada’s most Celebrated Guitarists together in Ottawa

Enjoy an evening of superb music as you experience the interaction and musical conversations between four exceptional musicians.  The quartet’s original repertoire covers a wide variety of influences and stylistic approaches.  Each member of the Walrus Quartet is an acclaimed guitarist and composer in their own right, and together they continue to surprise, to stretch the boundaries and to move between musical genres with ease.   There will be questions and answers following each set. Enjoy the quartet at The GigSpace, a venue designed specifically for sound and to provide an exceptional listening experience.

David Occhipinti: Guitarist/composer David Occhipinti’s fourth CD featuring his own compositions, Forty Revolutions, was nominated for a 2007 Juno Award in the contemporary jazz category. David has also released two duo CD’s with saxophonist Mike Murley. Their first CD, Duologue, was nominated for a Juno Award in 2003.   As a composer, David has received commissions to compose for solo artists, chamber groups and large ensembles.   David has performed all across Canada, in the U.S., Europe, Japan and in Italy where he lived for a short time. David’s development as an artist has been aided by the composition, recording and touring grants received from the Canada Council for the Arts, Chalmers Arts Fellowship, the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, and the DFAIT.   David Occhipinti studied in New York with the legendary jazz guitarist Jim Hall during the mid 1990′s. David presently teaches guitar, composition and ensembles at the University of Toronto and Humber College.

Kim Ratcliffe: Toronto guitarist Kim Ratcliffe has over 30 years experience covering a wide variety of creative endeavors and musical worlds.  As a teenager, he was playing six nights a week in bar bands in Victoria B.C.  More recently Kim has been playing with his trio, Rat3, and with groups led by Frank Lozano, Bruce Cassidy, Paul Delong, Andrew Downing and others.  Kim’s toured with  Holly Cole, Carlos Del Junco, performed with Carol Welsman, Colm Wilkinson, David Clayton Thomas, recorded with singer/songwriters such as Ron Sexsmith, Cate Friesen and many others.  He was a member of the contemporary music ensemble ‘Hemispheres’ and his compositions can be heard on albums by ‘The Heillig Manoeuvre’, and others.  Kim feels fortunate to have worked with artists as diverse as James Tenney, Roswell Rudd and Sharon Lois and Bram.  He has also played with many of the city’s top dance bands, and his theatre experience includes ‘Chicago’ at the Canon, ‘Hairspray’ at the P.O.W. and many others.  He has a B.F.A. from York University and is honoured to be on the guitar faculties at Humber and Mohawk Colleges.  For more info see

Roddy Ellias
“Positively brilliant.” Bill McBernie, Planet Jazz
“… from the start (Ellias) delivered insightful solos treading the inside/outside line, and demonstrated a huge set of ears capable of picking up on virtually everything that the others threw his way.” John Kelman, All About Jazz
Guitarist and composer Roddy Ellias began improvising on his grandmother’s piano from the age of six and started playing the guitar at age twelve. His music draws from so many musical influences it defies labels. Roddy has performed with and written music for many internationally acclaimed jazz and classical artists including Lee Konitz, Kenny Wheeler, Tom Harrell, Lonnie Smith, Nat Adderley, Cleo Laine, Pepper Adams, Anne Akiko Meyers, I Musici, the Montreal Symphony, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Michel Legrand and many more.   His current projects include a new solo CD to be recorded this spring, concerts and recording with the Walrus Guitar Quartet, a duo with flute virtuoso Guy Pelletier, a new ensemble with pipa, flute, harp, marimba and guitar, and the Roddy Ellias Trio. Roddy is also currently composing new music commissioned by Germany’s Meininger Trio, music for pipa virtuoso Yadong Gaun, as well as new music for his own ensembles. Professor Emeritus at Concordia University in Montreal, Roddy currently teaches part-time at Carleton University in Ottawa as well as privately and on Skype.

Ted Quinlan is regarded as one of the most versatile guitar players in Canada. His skills are highly in demand as a jazz player, session musician, writer and educator. Ted is the Head of the Guitar Department at Humber College’s Music Program in Toronto. As a busy sideman Ted has performed with Chet Baker, Freddie Hubbard, Jimmy Smith, Joey DeFrancesco, Michael Brecker, Dave Holland, Maria Schneider and Dave Liebman. His debut CD ” As If” received a Juno nomination for Contemporary Jazz. “Streetscape” was released in October of 2009 on Addo Records and features him in a trio setting. “Around the Bend”, also on Addo Records, was released in 2010 and is a duo collaboration between Ted and Canadian piano great Brian Dickinson. His other numerous recording credits include his performances on Doug Riley’s “Con Alma”, Radioland Records’ ” Tribute to Wes Montgomery”, Phil Dwyer’s ” Road Stories”, Dave Restivo’s ” Prayer for Humankindness”, Ted Warren’s ” First Time Caller” and Nancy Walker’s “New Hieroglyphics”. Ted is the recipient of the 1998 Jazz Report Award for Guitarist of the Year.

GigSpace (in Alcorn Music Studios)
953 Gladstone Ave. @ Loretta (Little Italy area, one block west of Preston Street)