LEITH SUMMER FESTIVAL – CONCERT TWO
Date: Saturday, July 14th, 2018
Time: 7:30 PM
Artists: Robi Botos and Paul Novotny
Robi Botos – Keyboard
Robi Botos has been hailed as one of the most diverse multi instrumentalists of this generation. from the hard-bop style of Sill Evans and Herbie Hancock, to the swing of Oscar Peterson and the heartfelt melodic,c expression of Mulgrew Miller and Cedar Walton. Robi has managed to master the technique of his idols, all while showcasing his musical expressions in a voice that is purely his own. While Robi is known for being a strong player in the traditional jazz and funk fields, he always incorporates an element of the music he grew up listening to into his playing. Born of Romani descent in Hungary, Robi taught himself first to play drums as a young child, and got his first taste of being a professional musician working throughout Budapest. Robi was first introduced to the piano when he was 7 years old and never looked back.
He continued to perform throughout Hungary and when he turned 20, decided to move his wife and children to Canada, to further pursue the career he aspired to.
Now 20 years later, Robi has solidified himself as one of the most sought-after pianists in this country.
Paul Novotny – Bass
Botos and Paul Novotny, are musicians who make their music with deeply passionate melodic improvisations. In our current, ubiquitous and diverse musical landscape, it is rare to find new jazz that has an old soul, but still sounds fresh, yet timeless.
JUNO nominated Canadian bass player Paul Novotny and JUNO winning pianist Robi Botos, came together recently to record their album Look Ahead, a joyous musical collaboration between two of the most in demand jazz artists in Canada. Look Ahead, features a number of standards including “My favorite Things” and “A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square” as well as original trades by both Novotny and Botos, whose composition “Budapest” pays tribute to his Hungarian birthplace. While Novotny was born in Canada, his parents are from Prague, and came to Canada in 1952, where Botos arrived in 1998. Even though their arrival dates are 46 years apart. their stories are similar in that both families were fleeing persecution from hostile regimes. Canada showed its heart to both the Novotny and Botos families.
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