Event: Alexei Orechin Quintet at The Emmet Ray
Date: August 4, 2019
Venue: The Emmet Ray
Start time: 8:30 PM
End time: 10:30 PM
Alexei Orechin (guitar), Tara Kannangara (trumpet), Chris Pruden (piano), Julian Anderson-Bowes (bass), Eric West (drums)
An explorative ensemble led by Alexei Orechin that draws influence from a wide pallete of sounds and colours. For fans of Ryuichi Sakamoto, Supersilent, Boards of Canada, and Bill Frisell.
A steadily growing voice that saturates the listener in lucid colour and shimmering melodicism. Born in Belarus in 1984 and immigrating to Canada in 1992 with the collapse of the USSR; Alexei Orechin has been actively shaping the Toronto music scene as a guitarist, composer, and producer since his arrival to the city in 2009 from Hamilton. His approach towards the creative process is to view the musical landscape as an open canvas, one that holds no boundaries or genre limitations. A voice of depth that is individual and imaginative. One that has shared stages with Nas, Robyn Hitchcock, Akae Beka, Lupe Fiasco, Zed’s Dead, Peter Case and taken him throughout USA, Mexico, Holland, and Russia. He has been featured on CBC, Noisey, Afropunk, and Relix magazine. He is actively composing original works for guitar, film, and various ensembles.