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«Friday June 02, 2017»
Start: 18:00
End: 19:00

Recital Room, Churchill College

Admission free (retiring collection). Refreshments will be provided.
Join Karl Schwonik and his trio for their final performance in
Cambridge. This exciting concert of traditional, original and
contemporary jazz will also feature a special appearance by luminary and
local-legend Stuart Barr!
Karl Schwonik - Drums
Chris McMurran - Piano
Fred Smith - Bass
Featuring: Stuart Barr - Spoken Word
"...Schwonik colors the [music] with an active imagination and serious
- Frank Alkyer, DownBeat Magazine
*Karl Schwonik*
Named one of Calgary’s ‘Top 40 Under 40’, YAMAHA Drum Artist and legally
blind drummer Karl Schwonik grew up on a farm near Gwynne, Alberta,
Canada. As a child, he was exposed to a wide range of musical situations
ranging from jazz to polka. Fresh out of high school, Schwonik embarked
on a tour with 2-time Canadian Country Music Award Nominee,
Heather-Dawn. This was followed by an invitation to study at the Banff
Centre where Schwonik was the youngest participant ever in the long-term
career residency programme.
Schwonik has an extremely active schedule; he has completed over thirty
substantial tours throughout North America as a leader. In his travels,
Schwonik has performed in country barns, world-class jazz clubs and
concert halls such as Carnegie Hall and the John F. Kennedy Center. His
third of four recordings on Chronograph Records, 1+4, was number one on
Canadian jazz radio charts for nearly 2 months. Both 1+4 and Schwonik’s
first album, Visions From the Farm, were nominated for a Western
Canadian Music Award for ‘Jazz Recording of the Year’.
In 2008, Schwonik founded the Wetaskiwin Jazz Society
(WJS) in Wetaskiwin, Alberta. The WJS strives to build
awareness for the arts in the central Alberta region with its three main
programs: the Wetaskiwin Jazz Camp, Jazz-in-Schools and a series of
community concerts. In 2011, Schwonik joined the Board of Directors for
the Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA). The AFA is a government
agency responsible for disbursing nearly $30M annually in grants and
scholarships to artists and arts organizations in Alberta.
In demand internationally as both a guest artist and instructor,
Schwonik has taught students of all ages at over two hundred educational
institutions. Among the many honours, awards and distinctions Schwonik
has received are: winning the TD Grand Jazz Competition at the Montreal
International Jazz Festival; the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta’s
Emerging Artist Award; the VSA Arts International Young Soloist Award;
the AFM International Diversity Award; and the Queen’s Jubilee Award.
The list of supporters of his projects, research and initiatives
includes the Canada Council for the Arts, the Alberta Foundation for the
Arts, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Anne
Burrows Music Foundation and numerous others.

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