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Friday, November 13, 2009

Michael Kaeshammer with special guest Jill Barber - Saturday, November 21, 2009 at 8 PM, Koerner Hall at The Royal Conservatory

According to the popular website All About Jazz, virtuoso jazz pianist and vocalist Michael Kaeshammer is ĺ─˙an artist brimful with talentĺ─¨ and ĺ─˙is the kind of troubadour who is instantly recognizable because of his sharp inflection and delicate phrasingĺ─¨. One of the most exciting, young, jazz pianists in the country today, Kaeshammer garnered accolades throughout the Canadian Music Industry for each of his three Juno Award nominated recordings No Strings Attached, Strut and Days Like These; and has gone on to establish an international following for his dynamic live performances. Hot on the heels of two stellar sold-out shows at the Glenn Gould Studio, Michael Kaeshammer performs at 8PM at Koerner Hall at The Royal Conservatory on Friday, November 21, 2009.

Beloved for his captivating live performances, Kaeshammerĺ─˘s on-stage presence is nothing less than charming, endlessly energetic and irresistibly engaging. His Koerner Hall debut will feature a 3-piece horn section along with Michaelĺ─˘s renown live rhythm players, musicians Marc Rogers (bass) and Mark McLean (drums).)

After studying classical piano for seven years in his German homeland, a 13-year-old Kaeshammer (pronounced "case-hammer") discovered boogie-woogie and stride piano as played by Albert Ammons, Meade Lux Lewis, Pete Johnson, Pinetop Smith, and Fats Waller. In three years, the teen wunderkind was playing boogie-woogie piano in clubs, concerts, and festivals all over Germany. He attracted attention almost immediately after the family moved to the west coast of Canada, turning heads at performances at blues and jazz festivals across the country during the summer of 1996.

The Toronto-based Kaeshammer is best known in Canada, but has performed and toured extensively in the United States and Europe. Some of his most popular songs are "On a Saturday Night" from the album No Strings Attached, "Comes Love" from Strut, and "Cinnamon Sun" from Days Like These. Still in his early 30ĺ─˘s, Michael Kaeshammer is a 3-time Juno Award nominee, and the winner of the 2002 West Coast Music Awardsĺ─˘ Musician of the Year and Performer of the Year. His sixth album, Lovelight -- a recording that is being hailed as his best work to date is produced and co-written by Ron Lopata (Jacksoul, Tomi Swick). For more information please visit www.michaelkaeshammer.com

Special guest, Jill Barber is an award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter. Barber won the Female Artist Recording of the Year award for her debut album Oh Heart at the 2005 Music Nova Scotia Awards. In 2007 Barber earned her fourth win as Best Local Solo Artist (Female) in The Coastĺ─˘s annual "Best of Music Readerĺ─˘s Poll", and her first win as Best Canadian Solo Artist (Female). For more information please visit www.jillbarber.com.

MICHAEL KAESHAMMER
With special guest Jill Barber
Saturday, November 21, 2009 at 8 pm
Koerner Hall / 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto / Tickets $49.50
Roy Thomson Hall Box Office - 416-872-4255 / www.roythomson.com
The Royal Conservatory Box Office - 416-408-0208 / www.rcmusic.ca

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