DATE: Sunday July 26th, 2015
STAGE: The Village Outdoor Stage
ADDRESS: 111 Garrison Village Drive, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0
TIME: 3:00PM – 3:45PM
TICKET PRICE: Free
George Koller – Producer and Bass Player
Mark Kieswetter – Piano
Genevieve Marentette – Vocals
Genevieve Marentette is beloved amongst Toronto’s musicians for her talent and grace, but she has been living and singing in Asia for 8 years. Since returning to Toronto in September she was featured in the JAZZFM.91 Cabaret series and she has released a 6 song EP produced by George Koller titled after her nickname “Gigi”. Gigi has also just been featured in a duet with David Clayton-Thomas on his latest record of Jazz Standards called “COMBO”.
Versatile pianist Mark Kieswetter has performed alongside jazz greats including Zoot Sims, Jack Sheldon, James Moody, and Carl Fontana and for over three years was the musical director for the Jon Hendricks project “Vocalstra”. A Juno award winner for Emilie-Claire Barlow’s “Seule ce soir”, he is the beloved accompanist/musical director to many singers such as Heather Bambrick, and June Garber. Key-sweater as he is called is the pianist on numerous recordings including his “Green Edge Sky, Green Edge Sun” with Toronto bassist Ross MacIntyre and also David Clayton-Thomas’ latest release of Jazz Standards “COMBO”.
As a bassist and multi-instrumentalist, George Koller has performed on over 900 cd’s, toured in almost every country in the world with superstars as diverse as Peter Gabriel, Loreena McKennitt, Holly Cole, the Shuffle Demons, Chaka Khan, Laila Biali, John McDermott, just to name a few. He has produced hundreds of cd’s -most recently for David Clayton-Thomas, and has presented numerous concerts -most recently as artistic director of the International Divas series. George was awarded bassist of the year at the 2007 National Jazz awards and has 12 eclectic albums out under his own name, the newest is entitled “secret space program”.
George Koller – Juno Winner, Holly Cole “Shade” (Bassist)
– Juno Nomination, Laila Biali “Tracing Light” (Bassist/Producer)
– Juno Nomination, Fern Lindzon “Two Kites” (Bassist/Producer)
– National Jazz Awards Bassist of the Year 2007
Mark Kieswetter – Juno Winner, Emilie-Claire Barlow “Seule Ce Soir”
“Gigi has always had the type of voice and stage presence that mesmerizes an audience. She is simply one of Canada’s finest singers.” – Jaymz Bee (JAZZFM.91)
“She is, to me, the perfect balance of fragile beauty and a burning intensity that makes her and her music irresistible.” – Don Thompson (Canadian Jazz Giant, Order of Canada)
“I’ll never forget the first time I heard Genevieve – I was floored by the passion and soul in her singing. And every time I’ve heard her since, I’ve been more and more amazed. She’s one of my favourite musicians.” – Ross MacIntyre
FACEBOOK: Geneviève Marentette