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Event Archive - Spirited Jazz (Jazz Vespers): Karel Roessingh

Sun. February 11th 2018 - Sun. February 11th 2018 First Unitarian Church of Victoria (All Ages)
7 PM doors at 6:30 PM
By Donation

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Spring Unitarian Jazz Vespers

Enjoy jazz with a splash of spiritual inspiration.

February 11th, Sunday, 7-8 PM
Composer-Pianist, Karel Roessingh
Theme: “Lovebirds”
a CD release event
First Unitarian Church of Victoria
By donation and greatly appreciated

Those who have been appreciating the short trip on a country road to a beautiful setting with top jazz musicians, completed with the musings of Reverend Shana, will be sure not to miss this upcoming vespers with Karel Roessingh.

Back-story from Karel...
Late on a Sunday night in August, a beautiful Steinway grand piano was rolled down to the lowest level of the View Street parkade in Victoria, and mysteriously left there overnight. A piano tuner appeared at about 10 PM, and Brenda and I took the camper loaded with recording gear. I played until 5 AM.

The sound was magnificent, like a grand cathedral! The tunes are all based on themes of bird songs, which I collected on our cross-Canada camping trip in the spring of 2016. The result is a brand new CD entitled Birdsong In The Parkade. This is by far the most ambitious and creative project I've done, and I'm extremely excited about the outcome. This is either the most brilliant or most idiotic project I've ever done.

Born in Leiden, Holland, raised in Calgary, Canada, Karel began his professional musical career in 1970. He began his piano studies under Henry L. Peters, then jazz piano with Ray Petch. In 1973, he studied jazz arranging & composition at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, and completed a degree in secondary music & mathematics education at UVic in 1981.

Karel still loves to play the piano and plays in clubs, concert halls and in the studio whenever possible. He writes jazz tunes for his own and other groups, and has played with numerous jazz greats. He's regularly asked to play at jazz festivals as both leader and sideman.

Enjoy jazz with a splash of spiritual inspiration in venues with exquisite sound and setting. These hour-long evening services are a unique blend of jazz and spirituality. Each service brings together live music from popular local jazz musicians, a brief meaningful message, and a little of the history of the music performed.

First Unitarian Church of Victoria 5575 West Saanich Road (250) 744-2665
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Karel Roessingh (Jazz, folk, pop and blues)

Karel Roessingh is a composer, arranger, producer and musician who has written scores for over five hundred television episodes, and many award-winning films, documentaries, and promotional videos.  He has recorded and produced more than sixteen of his own CDs, including several for the Canadian Naturescapes series distributed world-wide, two jazz... more info
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