Event: Somewhere There presents: Parade at The Emmet Ray
Date: March 15, 2020
Venue: The Emmet Ray
Start time: 8:30 PM
End time: 10:30 PM
Stefan Hegerat (drums), Laura Swankey (voice), Chris Pruden (piano)
Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Chris Pruden’s musical journey began when he started piano at the age of 5. While studying classical piano he became interested in jazz after completing high school and is a recent graduate of of jazz performance at the University of Toronto. Teachers included Geoff Young, Gary Williamson and Chris Donnelly. Chris feels at home in a wide variety of genres and has performed in venues across Canada such as Edmonton’s Winspear Centre, the AMPIA Film and TV awards, the Rex Jazz Bar in Toronto, the Trane Studio, Koerner Hall and many more. His playing draws from inspirations such as Keith Jarrett, Oscar Peterson, and Herbie Hancock, and also from classical, hip-hop, rock, and folk. These influences allow for a refreshing stylistic approach showcasing his sensitivity, creativity, and energetic spirit.
Stefan Hegerat is a Drummer/Percussionist and educator based out of Toronto, Ontario. A recent graduate of the U of T jazz program, Stefan had the opportunity of studying with Legendary Canadian jazz drummer’s Terry Clarke, and Nick Fraser. Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Stefan has been performing music since the age of 12, and is quickly becoming a fixture of the Canadian music scene.
Stefan currently performs with JJ and the Pillars, Blue Sky Miners, Tia Brazda, Lisa Bozikovic, Yana Bilyk, Kite Hill, Island Years and Laura Tremblay, as well as co-leading the groups Physical Graffiti, Rickshaw, and Money House. Stefan has also had the privilege of sharing the stage with international artists Randy Brecker, Tim Hagans, Michael Burritt, Jens Lindermann, Mike Murley, Alex Dean, and Chase Sanborn.
Laura Swankey is an eclectic and talented vocalist, coming from a diverse background of study and drawing influence from many different styles. She is a natural improviser, with a passion for writing. Full of drive and desire to challenge herself and create, Laura is constantly trying to grow as an artist and musician.
Growing up in North Vancouver, BC, Laura relocated to Edmonton, AB in 2009 to study composition and vocal performance at Grant MacEwan University. During that time she quickly grew to be a popular and much sought after musician in the University’s scene. Since September 2012, Laura has been living in Toronto, completing a bachelor of jazz performance (voice) at the University of Toronto.
Laura grew up studying classical and contemporary styles of piano. At MacEwan, Laura worked with Rhonda Withnell, Chandell Rimmer, Ray Baril and Allan Gilliland. In the fall of 2011, Laura was asked by Cuban pianist Elio Villafranca to be featured in his original work written for the Grant MacEwan music program. Currently in Toronto, Laura is studying under Christine Duncan, Mike Murley, and Jim Lewis, veterans of the Canadian music scene. She was hand picked by Terry Promane, director of the U of T Jazz program, to be part of his elite student ensemble.
Laura has been the recipient of several awards such as the Rick Garn Award, the Bounce Back Award of Excellence, and Canada’s Fred Sherratt Award. She was also recently nominated as the University of Toronto’s undergraduate jazz studies candidate for Canada’s prestigious Hnatyshyn Foundation Award. As one of the U of T Bartel Competition winners, she recently recorded some original work recorded at Revolution Studios in Toronto. Laura will be playing throughout Toronto, Alberta and BC this summer, including a stop at the Edmonton International Jazz Festival.
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