David Braid

David Braid

Touted as one of Canada’s most gifted young pianists and composers, David Braid is among a new generation of Canadian artists making his mark on international stages. Braid has performed across Western Europe, Scandinavia, Asia, Australia, Brazil, the United States and Canada.

“A Jazz Genius to Call Our Own” – Maclean’s Magazine

Combining harmonic intricacies fundamental to his training in European classical music and the spontaneity of American jazz, Braid’s original music engages audiences with a quiet, thoughtful, lyrical voice that does not conform neatly to any one musical genre. His work has been described as “refreshingly uncategorizable” (Paris Transatlantic), “wide-ranging, exploratory” (South China Morning Post), “une force po├ętique” (Le Soleil) and “elegant” (Ottawa Citizen).

“Braid’s tone, touch, chord voicings and imagination make him one of the most interesting new pianists I’ve encountered in a long time.” – Doug Ramsey, recipient of Jazz Journalists Association’s Lifetime achievement Award

Recently awarded 2009 Jazz Pianist of the Year in Canada, Braid is also a recipient of SOCAN Composer of the Year (2007), recognizing his output of over seventy works including compositions for solo piano, jazz ensembles and symphony orchestras. He is a Juno Award Winner, multi-National Jazz Award Winner and a recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts’ “JazzID Award.”

Born in Hamilton Ontario, Braid graduated from the University of Toronto in 1998 and was nominated for the Canadian Governor General’s Academic Medal. Since that time, he has produced seven recordings, garnering four Juno nominations with five ensembles: The David Braid Sextet, Murley Braid Quartet, Brubeck Braid, Nimmons’n’Braid and Davidson/Murley/Braid Quintet (DMBQ).

Braid’s most recent focus is on his solo piano compositions and will release his first solo piano recording in 2010. He is profiled in Daniel Berman’s “Solos: the Jazz Sessions” (Original Spin Media) along with pianists Brad Mehldau, Ethan Iverson and Jacky Terrason.

In addition to performing and composing, Braid is on faculty at the University of Toronto, and is an honorary guest professor at Xinghai Conservatory.

Braid’s musical curiosity and open-mindedness has spawned unexpected collaborations with such diverse instrumentalists as Holland’s ZAPP String Quartet, Indian classical musician Vineet Vyas (tabla), China’s Chang Jing (guzheng), Nexus and the popular jazz/rock group, Metalwood. In a completely different setting, he has appeared as a soloist with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Northumberland Orchestra performing George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Braid was also invited to write for classical soloists including a cello concerto for one of the world’s leading cellists in contemporary classical music, Shauna Rolston. Most recently, he was commissioned to write a set of compositions for brass quintet, which he performed and recorded with the renowned Canadian Brass.

Braid also performs and records with a number of other ensembles including Mike Murley Septet, The Rex Hotel Orchestra, Hideaki Tokunaga, Kelly Jefferson Quintet, Mark McLean Quintet, Nehring Koller & Braid, William Carn Quintet, Catalyst, Sundar Viswanathan, Artie Roth Quintet, Dave Neil Quartet, Andy Ballentyne Large Ensemble, Tyler Summers Quartet, Stockton Helbing Ensemble, Chip McNeill Quintet, Mike McClennan Octet, Tara Davidson Group and Gene Smith Quintet.


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