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August 15, 2007

Mardi Jazz to Feature Gaea Schell

Written by
cindy mcleod

jazz concerts, Canada

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Gaea Schell
Mardi Jazz
Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain
Winnipeg

Jazz Pianist Returns to her Native Canada to Perform

Pianist and composer Gaea Schell returns to her native Canada to perform for jazz fans in Winnipeg when she appears as part of Mardi Jazz, a jazz series presented by Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain in collaboration with the new CBC station Espace Musique 89.9 FM.

The concert series has been running since June 5th and continues with featured jazz concerts every Tuesday evening through August 28th, in the Salle Antoin-Gaborieau.

On Tuesday, August 21st, Los Angeles-based jazz pianist/ composer and vocalist Gaea Schell appears as part of the series. Growing up in Alberta, Gaea pursued a classical harp degree in college, but an introduction to the music of piano greats such as Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans and Red Garland inspired her to enroll in the jazz program at McGill University, where she later graduated.

A 1999 Canada Council for the Arts grant took Gaea to New York City where she studied with internationally known pianist/composer Richie Beirach, and gained valuable performance experience on the club circuit and honing her minimalist, interpretive approach.

Moving to L.A. in 2003, Schell has appears in a variety of formats from solo to orchestral work and big band. She is gaining perhaps the most recognition for her trio work, in particular her recent collaboration with famed drummer Tootie Heath, who also appears on her latest recording, For All We Know, released in 2007. Her previous release Dream Away (2004), received high accolades from media and featured performances including the San Jose Jazz Festival.

Gaea has shared the stage with such notables as Nancy King, John Stowell, Albert ‘Tootie’ Heath, Tony Dumas, Bob Sheppard, Ingrid Jensen, Bobby Watson, Dan Faehnle (guitarist with Diana Krall), Earl Palmer and Gilbert Castellanos (member of the Clayton/Hamilton Orchestra).

Tuesday, August 21
Mardi Jazz
Gaea Schell (piano)
Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain, Winnipeg

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