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Music Award Nominee (Jazz Recording of the Year) KARL SCHWONIK!
April 1, 2013:
Just finished a fantastic project with the Hutchinson Andrew Trio this past month! Thanks to the Lily String Quartet and everyone who supported the group. The new CD, Prairie Modern, is available on iTunes and is rocketing up the charts.
This week I have the great pleasure of performing with Peter Zak and Walt Weiskopf from New York City! See the Calendar for more information.
February 20, 2013:
Our annual Jazz-in-Schools tour is just around the corner (Feb. 25 - Mar. 1)! We are bringing our 'Edutainment' to 13 new schools this year in rural Alberta. Will be a lot of fun!
Also, I am very fortunate to be a part of an upcoming project with the Hutchinson Andrew Trio and the Lily String Quartet. We are performing around the province in the coming months with what will hopefully be a long-term project. Kudos to bassist Kodi Hutchinson and pianist Chris Andrew for their fantastic artistic vision!
For more information, check out the calendar section.
January 28, 2013: 5th Annual Wetaskiwin Jazz Camp
Registration for the 5th annual Wetaskiwin Jazz Camp (July 14-19) is now open!
Scholarships available as well. See www.wetaskiwinjazz.com for more info.
December 1, 2012: Jazz-in-Schools tour
Our annual Jazz-in-Schools tour (February 25 - March 1, 2013) is now fully booked! See the 'Calendar' tab at the top for more info.
October 15, 2012: Wetaskiwin Jazz Camp special guest
Excited to announce that 2-time Grammy nominated pianist Zaccai Curtis will be our Special Guest Artist at the 5th annual Wetaskiwin Jazz Camp (July 14-19, 2013)!
September 1, 2012: News of upcoming recordings
Very honoured to perform on two exceptional recordings this summer/fall.
The first was with Jens Lindemann and All-Star Brass in Banff. Look for the release in the spring of 2013!
Also, Hutchinson Andrew Trio is recording a new CD in New York City with Donny McCaslin and Rogerio Boccato this September. Amazing music and fantastic musicians!.
2012 Wetaskiwin Jazz Camp
The 2012 Wetaskiwin Jazz Camp is just around the corner (July 8-13)! There are still a couple of spots open...see www.wetaskiwinjazz.com for more details.
2012 Enbridge Nextfest
Excited to announce I have been named one of the 2012 Enbridge Nextfest Emerging Artists! This award is given annually to artists for their future career endeavors. www.nextfest.ca
Karl Schwonik and Chicago Goes West head to Germany!
We are very excited to be performing at the Canadian Blast at JazzAhead! This is an awesome festival and will be a great event. jazzahead.de
Karl Schwonik - Drumset
James Davis - Trumpet
Sean Pentland - Bass
1+4 Tours Across Canada
I'm now off across Canada with Remi Bolduc (in the east), Mike Murley (in the west), James Davis, Chris Andrew and Kodi Hutchinson to share music from the album 1+4. Catch us in a city near you!
See the full tour schedule here.
Featured mention on Yamaha's Website
I've been sponsored by Yamaha Drums for a number of years,and I'm nowhonoured and very pleased to be featured on their website! Thanks Yamaha!
Showcase at BOW Festival!
Very excited to announce I will be showcasing at the BreakOut West Festival on Friday, October 21 in Whitehorse, YK! See 'Calendar' for more details. www.breakoutwest.com
Emerging Artist Award nomination
I am happy to announce that I have been nominated for the AB Music Hall of Fame's 'Emerging Artist Award' for 2011. See www.amia.ca for more details
AB Arts Days
In partnership with the Wetaskiwin Library and the Wetaskiwin Jazz Society, Kodi Hutchinson and I will be giving workshops at Clear Vista School on September 29 / 30 as a part of the AB Arts Days celebration weekend. www.affta.ab.ca
Alberta Foundation for the Arts Board of Directors Appointment
I have just been appointed to the Board of Directors for the Alberta Foundation for the Arts!! This is a 3 year term and starts immediately.
For those of you who are Albertan, my door (and inbox) is always open and I look forward to discussing anything and everything about the AFA with you. Please be in touch at any time regarding the organization to my contact info below.
For those of you who don't know about the AFA: it is run through the Culture and Community Spirit ministry in the Government of Alberta. 'The Foundation exists to fund, encourage, and support the development of arts as a valuable contributor to quality of life in Alberta, and to maintain and expand the AFA art collection as a strategic resource for all Albertans.'
The 3rd annual Wetaskiwin Jazz Camp has just wrapped up...
...and it was a resounding success! The students were amazing once again and the faculty were inspiring. Thank you to everyone who was a part of this special year and supported us. The 2012 Wetaskiwin Jazz Camp will be July 8-13, 2012 in Wetaskiwin. We are very excited to announce multiple Grammy nominee Rogério Boccato from Brazil/NYC as our Special Guest Artist!
WCMA nomination: Jazz Recording of the Year!
Also: Jazz Camp - July 4, 2011
Very happy to announce that my 2nd CD, 1+4, has just been nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award in the 'Jazz Recording of the Year' category!! Thanks to everyone that was a part of this exciting project. This is the 2nd year in a row one of my CDs has been nominated.
The Wetaskiwin Jazz Camp is less than a week away now! We are very excited to be performing in Red Deer, Wetaskiwin and Grande Prairie this year with Rémi Bolduc! See 'Calendar for more details.
Wetaskiwin Jazz Camp! - May 27, 2011
This is just a quick reminder that the 2011 Wetaskiwin Jazz Camp is fast approaching
(July 10-15) and registration is still open!
Can't make it this year? We Will Miss You!
Already sent in your application? Thank You, we will be in touch at the end of June!
Would like to come but haven't registered yet? Send in your application! Space is limited!
Feel free to email or call if you have any questions!
SSHRC! - May 11, 2011
I would like to thank the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada for their generous support of my upcoming research! www.sshrc.ca
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