Adrean Farrugia Trio


DATE: Saturday, July 30th
EVENT: ‘Jazz in the Park’
STAGE: Piano Stage
ADDRESS: Simcoe Park – 169 King St., Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
TIME: 3:15 PM – 4PM


Adrean Farrugia – piano/keyboard/bandleader
Rich Brown – bassist
Ernesto Cervini – drums/percussion

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AFT will make its debut at the 2016 TD Niagara Jazz Festival. Featuring three of Canada’s most prolific instrumentalists, all award winning bandleaders in their own right, this is music that fuses jazz, world, latin, and classical influences into a highly personal and engaging musical statement for the lover of music that speaks to the soul.


Adrean Farrugia fell in love with the piano at age 12. He began extensive classical studies and at the age of 18 was bitten by the Jazz bug and has never looked back. Since then he has dedicated his life to bringing music into the lives of anyone willing to listen. He has performed across Canada, the United States, Japan, the UK, France, Germany, Poland, Israel, and Australia. He has appeared on more than 30 recordings and has shared the stage with internationally renowned artists such as Sheila Jordan, Ernie Watts, Tom Scott, Kenny Wheeler, Joel Frahm, Jane Bunnett, Brad Goode, Curtis Fuller and Matt Dusk, as well as many of Canada’s greatest musical luminaries.

Electric bassist Rich Brown has performed and recorded with a wide variety of some of the world’s finest artists including Steve Coleman, Hermeto Pascoal, Donny McCaslin, James Blood Ulmer & Vernon Reid, Angelique Kidjo, David Clayton Thomas, and Kim Mitchell to name a few. His third album Abeng was nominated for a Juno Award in the category of “Jazz Album of Year: solo” in 2016.

Drummer-composer Ernesto Cervini is making a name for himself as a consummate bandleader and in-demand collaborator, praised for his deep musicality and infectious energy. Modern Drummer said: “Cervini recalls such old-schoolers as Art Blakey and Billy Higgins… It’s his robust, magnetic personality that fascinates consistently.” Cervini leads many of his own projects, including a trio, quartet, and the sextet (called Turboprop), and he is also co-leader of the Juno-nominated trio Myriad3.


This is a new band lead by pianist Adrean Farrugia. All three members have played together in various contexts but this is the first time the three come together as a trio. All three members have individually led led award winning bands. Farrugia – Ricochet. Brown – Rinse the Algorythm, The Abeng. Cervini – Turboprop, Myriad 3


Adrean Farrugia:
2008 – Juno Award – best Contemporary Jazz Recording – Brandi Disterheft – Debut
2010 – Piano/Keyboardist of the Year – Hamilton Music Awards
2011 – Juno nomination- Best Contemporary Jazz Recording – Adrean Farrugia- Ricochet
2014-Juno Nomination – Best Vocal Jazz Album – Matt Dusk – The Chet Baker Songbook
2015 – Grammy longlist -Best Jazz Instrumental – Brad Goode – Montezuma

Rich Brown
Nominated for a Juno award (Jazz Album: Solo) in 2016 for the album Abeng.

Ernesto Cervini
Nominated for a Juno Award (drummer, co-leader for Myriad3’s The Where) – 2015
Honorable Mention – Grand Prix du Jazz at the Montreal Jazz Festival – 2011
Nominated for a Juno Award (drummer for Tara Davidson’s Code Breaking) – 2008


Adrean Farrugia

“…Farrugia proves himself to be one of the current scene’s most imaginative pianists.”

“one of Canada’s emerging jazz stars…”
-The Guelph Mercury

“an expansive musical vision”
-The Ottawa Citizen

Rich Brown

“A truly passionate, superbly sensitive and wonderfully unique electric bassist with a deep sensibility of harmony and composition” – Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjackets)

Ernesto Cervini

“Bold Canadian drummer Ernesto Cervini exemplifies ‘float like a butterfly, sting like a bee'” – Downbeat Magazine