Grassland is a FREE summer music series, held each Sunday at the Green Space, downtown Elora from 7 – 8pm.
The series is presented by the merchants of Elora during August & September! BRING YOUR OWN CHAIR!
This jazzy series features the following performers for 2017;
Robin Habermehl – Aug 6
I am a composer, and private music teacher helping 30 students per week learn Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute and singing as well as jazz improvisation . I also teach music theory and voice.
I am the music director of the Ceremonial Band of the Waterloo Regional Police Service, the KW Big Band, and my own jazz and rock bands as well as a freelance musician.
Alex Showdra – Aug 13
Alex Showdra is a musician, composer and guitarist that performs a variety of guitar styles and genres. In 2014, Showdra was featured as the guitarist for student composed “Concerto for Metal Band and Wind Orchestra”, He has also been featured by the Wilfrid Laurier Jazz Ensemble, classical chamber music group: The Laurier Guitar Trio and other solo performances around the university. In addition, Showdra has been featured on a number of recordings by Acoustic Dirt, the Aneeq Kalson Band and Controversial Sharks and other Laurier based art-rock groups that incorporate contemporary western art music idioms into popular song forms.
Ernie Kalwa – Aug 27
The leader and founder of the Royal City Saxophone Quartet, Ernie is a graduate of the University of Waterloo in Mathematics and Music. He studied piano briefly from the age of eight, and became more serious about music at age 12 when he picked up the saxophone. He played his first professional gig at 14, and was active in dance bands, concert bands, Dixieland, R&B, and saxophone quartets. He studied saxophone at Humber College with Pat LaBarbera, and later in North Carolina with James Houlik. He has played in numerous bands and has traveled to many jazz events and festivals throughout the United States and Canada. His many influences include Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Sonny Stitt, and Hank Mobley.
Luke Hunter – Sep 3
I graduated from Humber College in Toronto, Ontario Canada where I studied Jazz piano. Since then I have worked professionally as a pianist, and singer doing recording work, performance, and teaching. I have worked in the cruise ship industry, I’ve toured across North America with a tribute band, and I’ve written and recorded my own music, and much more. I currently teach private piano, and guitar lessons, and perform as a solo performer for weddings, parties, restaurants, and senior homes. I also perform in clubs, and bars with various bands. Influences: The Beatles, Beethoven, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Daft Punk
Paul Mitchell – Sep 10
As well as being an accomplished Jazz Trumpet player (featured regularly at the popular Jazz venue in Uptown Waterloo’s Heuther Hotel called “The Jazz Room”) Paul plays with many of the top R & B/Wedding Bands in Toronto. Paul has made his living as a Professional Musician for the past 25 years and is a well established musician in the Canadian Music scene. He recently performed in London with the legendary Frankie Valli. His genres include Dixieland, Jazz, Pop and R&B.
Kaili Maimets – Sep 17
Recently appointed Second Flute & Piccolo of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, flutist Kaili Maimets is in demand as an orchestral performer, chamber musician, and soloist. She was Principal Flute of the former Orchestra London Canada from 2012-2015. She has toured across Canada, South America, and China. In recent years her chamber and orchestral performances have been broadcast nationally on CBC Radio. Kaili performs regularly with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and has also performed multiple times with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the National Ballet of Canada, and with the Toronto Concert Orchestra. She is a founding member of The Topaz Duo with harpist Angela Schwarzkopf, Charm of Finches flute quintet, and The Forked River Quintet. While Principal Flute with Orchestra London, she was a featured soloist a number of times performing Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto no.4, Mozart’s D Major Concerto K314, and Frank Martin’s Concerto for Seven Winds. This past summer she was featured soloist with Toronto Concert Orchestra’s Symphony in the Gardens series.