Jazz at the Centre: Thompson Egbo-Egbo
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The Canadian Music Centre (CMC) is thrilled to continue our Jazz at the Centre series featuring acclaimed composer and pianist, Thompson Egbo-Egbo with a very special solo piano concert. Thompson has a gift for memorable and harmonically complex composition that have at their core a deep, abiding groove.
His recent album, What Remains is a “brilliant and impassioned work” that is inspired by the shifts and impacts of the pandemic. “The entire album tells a story with its influences of jazz, classic rock and Latin influences. Its musical pieces resemble hills, valleys, or even rollercoaster rides.”
Thompson Egbo-Egbo moved to Toronto from Nigeria when he was 4, and started dedicating himself to the piano when he was six. A rambunctious and free spirit was channeled in a creative direction with piano lessons at an inner-city music school. He earned a degree in Music from Humber College and studied electronic production and design at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Thompson served as a member of the board of Dixon Hall for many years, and is currently on the board of JAZZ.FM91. He founded The Thompson T. Egbo-Egbo Arts Foundation, which strives to fill a void in the education of music and arts not found in many communities by partnering with talented Canadian artists who are dedicated to creating a resource for under-served Canadian youth to advance in music and the arts.