Dubbed “the Paganini of the double bass,” Paris-born Renaud Garcia-Fons combines a unique mastery of his instrument with an eclectic musical perspective that spans classical and several world-music traditions. After studying acoustic bass at the Paris Conservatory of Music, Garcia-Fons began a long immersion in the worlds of jazz and traditional music. Eventually he added a fifth string to his bass, thus empowering him to become a full partner in any group improvisation. Already a virtuoso, Garcia-Fons achieved even higher levels of musical expressiveness and creativity as his collaborations with maestros from Greece, Tunisia, Turkey and Vietnam exposed him to the tonalities and techniques of diverse musical cultures. Now, this master musician can shift seamlessly from classic bass tones to perfect mimicry of the oud, cello or Arabic violin.
Current Band Lineup: Renaud Garcia-Fons, acoustic bass; Antonio “Kiko” Ruiz, guitar; Pascal Rollando, percussion.
Misha Piatigorsky Trio
Moscow-born, but currently based in NYC, pianist/composer Misha Piatigorsky immigrated to the United States in 1981. Trained in music since an early age in Russia, he has continued his studies in jazz, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in music under pianist Kenny Barron. Perhaps best known as the pianist for vocalist Mark Murphy, Piatigorsky frequently plays at Manhattan’s best jazz clubs. His work as a composer was recognized in 2004 when he won the BMI Thelonious Monk Composers Competition. An innovative musician and charismatic performer, Piatigorsky combines compelling melodies with a driving sense of rhythm that gives his music an electrifying edge in concert. A faculty member of the Victoria Conservatory of Music Summer Jazz Workshop program for the last few years, Misha is debuting this year at JazzFest.
Current Band Lineup: Misha Piatigorsky (piano), Kelby MacNayr (drums), Sean Drabitt (bass).
Alix Goolden Hall, 907 Pandora Avenue, Victoria
Victoria Jazz Society