Sep. 1-Pat Labarbera -saxophone
Sep. 8—Kelly Jefferson —saxophone
Sep. 15–Kevin Turcotte — trumpet
Sep. 22–Jessica Lalonde— vocals
Sep. 29—Allison Au —saxophone
JUNO Award winning pianist and composer Adrean Farrugia is one of Canada’s most distinct voices on the piano.
Since the late 1990s Adrean has been in high demand as a freelance performer and educator. Keeping a busy touring schedule, mainly as a sideman, Adrean has toured extensively across Canada and the United States as well as in venues across Europe, Australia, the UK, Israel and in Japan.
Adrean has performed/recorded with some of jazz’s greatest and most diverse artists including: Ernie Watts, Sheila Jordan, Adam Nussbaum, Larry Carlton, Curtis Fuller, Tom Scott, Bob Brookmeyer, Randy Brecker, Brad Goode, Eric Alexander, Cyrille Aimee, Molly Johnson, Jane Bunnett, Ron Blake, Joel Frahm, Matt Penman, Dafnis Prieto, Kinan Azmeh, Kenny Wheeler, Darcy James Argue, Don Thompson, Lorne Lofsky, Kevin Turcotte, and Pat Labarbera.
Adrean currently performs/has performed with such diverse projects as the Matt Dusk Band, the Brad Goode Group (featuring Ernie Watts and Adam Nussbaum), Turboprop (2020 Juno Award winners), The Johnny Griffith Quintet, Heather Bambrick, Marito Marques, Violinist Drew Jurecka, Kiki Misumi, Tim Shia’s ‘The Worst Pop Band Ever’, the Bob Brough Quartet, Avery Raquel, and the Darcy Hepner Big Band. Adrean also works regularly with vocalist Sophia Perlman.
As a leader Adrean has released five albums. His second album ‘Ricochet’ was nominated for a 2011 JUNO award for best contemporary jazz recording, and his most recent release Blued Dharma on GB Records earned him a 2019 Louis Applebaum Composers Award nomination. As a composer Adrean has penned more than 30 works to date. His 2020 release ‘Jazz Vinyl’ earned a 2020 Production Music Association Mark Award for Best Production Music Artist.
Adrean is currently on the faculties of Mohawk College and Humber College where he teaches contemporary piano, ensembles and improvisation. He has also served on the faculty of York University. He has also done workshops/clinics at the University of Colorado, University of Toronto, The University of Western Ontario, The Banff Centre for the arts, The Sydney and Brisbane Conservatories in Australia, and in Warsaw Poland as part of the Polish Jazz Society’s 35th annual Summer Jazz Workshop.
Adrean has been a contributing writer to piano guru Larry Fine’s publication “The Piano Book”, the world’s foremost publication on all things piano.
Adrean has also been a performer and panelist at the 63rd, 67th, 69th and 70th annual Conference on World Affairs in Boulder Colorado. Adrean is endorsed by Shigeru Kawai pianos.
Selected Press Quotes
“…Farrugia proves himself to be one of the current scene’s most imaginative pianists.” –Nic Jones, ALL ABOUT JAZZ.COM
“Pianist Adrean Farrugia is in superb form”-Downbeat Magazine, January 2010
“Pianist Adrean Farrugia’s disc reflects an expansive musical vision and the talent and craft to combine elements from a range of influences”-Peter Hum, The Ottawa Citizen
“A gifted pianist. His approach is an intelligent synthesis of styles”-Harvey Pekar
“Pianist Farrugia is a young veteran, a first-call sideman who’s performed on numerous albums. His excellent CD debut as leader features a forceful, percussive style, fast-developing ideas and a wide-ranging composer’s imagination.”– Geoff Chapman, Toronto Star
“Music in various shades of indigo suggest profundity and contemplative musicianship and each musician digs deep not only into his psyche, but also into his respective instrument, surfacing with what certainly gives new meaning to the words “melody” and “rhythm”, and – most significantly – “harmony”… how refreshing, timely and reassuring to find two musicians exploring endless possibilities of improvisation out of the fettered form of the “song”, completely undone thanks to each other’s transcendental ingenuity and deep empathy with each other.”
Raul da Gama – Toronto Music Report
“ the in-the-moment crafting of the music is finely tuned and unerring. Blued Dharma hits all of the markers that a superior jazz duo record should, and then some.”
Peter Hum – Ottawa Citizen
“I think “exquisite” would be an understatement when describing this recording. The way these two musicians come together and bounce off each other almost sends shivers down your spine. They have created a series of musical compositions that go beyond jazz and weave as one. Hard to believe there are only 2 musicians involved as they make it sound like a full combo with the overall sound that is projected. Do yourself a favour and have a listen, you will not be disappointed here.”
Marty Delia -The Jazz Music Blog (Australia)
“This is clearly intuitive music-making on the highest order… An outstanding album.”
Lynn Bayley – The Art Music Lounge