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October 15 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm EDT


CHANDRIKA TANDON – Grammy-nominated vocalist, humanitarian and leader in business, education and the arts
KENNY WERNER – world-renowned jazz pianist, Grammy-nominated composer and author of ” Effortless Mastery, Liberating the Master Musician Within”
Opening set: Colleen Allen trio, with Colleen Allen (sax), Rob Piltch (guitar) and George Koller (bass)

Chandrika Tandon, a Grammy-nominated artist and humanitarian, is a recognized leader in the worlds of business, education, and the arts.
As a composer and vocalist, Chandrika has been trained by masters in Hindustani, Carnatic, and Western traditions. Through her not-for-profit record label, she has produced four albums. In 2011, Soul Call earned a Grammy nomination. Chandrika’s music draws the listener into a space of healing with ancient Sanskrit mantras and English prayers; western modes, Indian Ragas, and Jazz music. She describes her most recent album, Shivoham – The Quest, as “the musical expression of my journey towards the light.”
Her “limpid, serene voice” – as The New York Times describes it – has filled major venues around the world, including Lincoln Center, the Smithsonian, Olympiastadion (Berlin), Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, and the 2016 World Culture Festival in New Delhi – supporting efforts towards peace and harmony.
Chandrika has had a prolific impact as a purveyor of the arts with her involvement on the Board of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Berklee School of Music’s President’s Council and the Berklee Tandon Global Clinics which connects world-class music faculty from the US to other countries. Chandrika has received several awards for her interdisciplinary engagements – the Gallatin Medal, New York University’s highest honor for outstanding contributions to society; the Walter Nichols Medal for leadership and integrity; and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the David Lynch Foundation, recognizing her support of meditation and wellness programs.

Renowned award-winning jazz pianist Kenny Werner returns to Toronto, his first visit for some years. A world-class pianist and Grammy-nominated composer for more than 40 years, he has recorded 28 albums as a leader and over 50 more as a sideman or collaborator. His prolific output of compositions, recordings and publications continue to impact audiences around the world. His seminal work, No Beginning No End, won him the 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship Award as a composer.
His landmark book, Effortless Mastery, Liberating the Master Musician Within, was published in 1996. Since then, he has created videos, lectured world-wide and authored many articles on how musicians, artists or even business people can allow their “master creator” within to lift their performance to its highest level, showing us how to be spontaneous, fearless, joyful and disciplined in our work and in our life. He is currently Artistic Director of The Effortless Mastery Institute at Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Kenny has performed and/or recorded with some of the world’s finest musicians, including Charles Mingus, Michel Legrand, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, John Scofield, Pat Metheny, Randy Brecker, Joe Henderson, Archie Shepp, Kenny Wheeler, Joyce Moreno, Ivan Lins, Mark Feldman, Charlie Haden, Marc Johnson, Ray Drummond, Rufus Reid, Mel Lewis, Jack DeJohnette, Billy Hart, Steve Gadd, Joey Baron, Idris Mohamad, John Abercrombie, Joe Williams, Bobby McFerrin, Lou Rawls, Joe Lovano, Betty Buckley and many, many more.

Colleen Allen is one of Canada’s most in-demand musicians for live concerts and recording sessions. Based in Toronto, the acclaimed and versatile multi-instrumentalist has performed all over Canada, the U.S. and Europe with world class jazz and pop artists including Molly Johnson, David Clayton-Thomas, Holly Cole, Emilie-Claire Barlow, Don Ross, Marc Jordan, Heather Bambrick and Jackie Richardson, to name a few. Known for her warm, authentic tone and soulful style of soloing, she works frequently with Brian Barlow’s Big Band, Cirque du Soleil, is a resident artist at Soulpepper Theatre, and a member of Manteca, Canada’s premier fusion jazz big band. Recent recordings include sessionsX recordings with Carvin Winans, Michael MacDonald, Martha Reeves and Take 6.
Colleen’s own recordings as a leader draw from her seasoned experience as a versatile musician. Her first CD “Colleen Allen” displays her talents as instrumentalist, arranger, bandleader and producer. Her sophomore release “Flashlight” features bassist George Koller, guitarist Rob Piltch and Snarky Puppy drummer Larnell Lewis. As she notes, “I heard an interview recently with Wayne Shorter, where he described the past as a flashlight to the future. I loved the image of the past shedding light; informing the steps we take into the future. Each of the songs on this recording represents some past light that has guided me on my path.”
Colleen has been a beloved mentor and teacher of music for 15 years at Humber College and is regular adjudicator/clinician for Musicfest, and the TD Jazz Education Festival in Picton.



October 15
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm