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Brilliant and versatile guitarist, composer and arranger David Occhipinti's CD Launch Contemporary chamber music with jazz improvisation
(Published: December 02, 2012)

David Occhipinti
Releases his 5th independent recording as a Leader, "Camera" -
Contemporary chamber music with jazz improvisation.

[b]and celebrates his new release with a special
CD Launch Event
Friday - December 7th - 7:30 PM
Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. - Yorkville [/b]

featuring special guests

Michael Davidson - marimba
Andrew Downing - bass
Aline Homzy - violin
Peter Lutek - clarinet/bassoon
David Occhipinti - guitar/compositions

There can be no question that one of the most innovative and skilled musician/composers on the international music scene is guitarist, David Occhipinti. Eclectic, complex and stunning are three adjectives that can easily be applied to the music of this exceptional artist. On December 7th, Occhipinti will be releasing his latest recording project (and his fifth CD as a leader), Camera. This new independent CD release is best described as "contemporary chamber music composition combined with jazz improvisation" and features performances by Max Christie on clarinet, Steven Dann on viola, Andrew Downing on bass, Amanda Goodbum and Aline Homzy on violin, David Hetherington on cello, Beverley Johnston on marimba/percussion and Nadine Mackie-Jackson on bassoon.

The release of David Occhipinti's Camera will take place on Friday, December 7th at 7:30 PM at Heliconian Hall, located at 35 Hazelton Ave. (in the Yorkville are of Toronto). Tickets are available at the door, and ticket prices are $15.00 - which includes a CD. Regular admission is $10.00. CD copies of Camera will be on sale for $10.00 at the launch event.

Percussionist Beverley Johnston has described David's progressive, genre-bending music on this new project as "Frank Zappa meets Igor Stravinsky" - and there can be no doubt that Occhipinti's work is challenging, beautifully crafted and artistically performed. All compositions on Camera are written and arranged by David Occhipinti, and include the five-part "BANFF SUITE", written for guitar, clarinet, bassoon, marimba, violin, cello and bass. The innovative work is comprised of movements entitled "Nimbus", "Morning Rundle", "Borgeau", "Summit" and "Cirrus". Also included on the recording is the profound, seven movement suite, "METAMORPHOSUITE", written for guitar and string quartet and comprised of movements entitled "Spark", "Interlude #1", "Gypsy Viola", "Ricordo", "Transition", "Interlude #2" and "Chrysalis". Other pieces include "Fortuna Major" and "Geometric Forms".

On this new recording, David Occhipinti wishes to pay homage to his mentor, iconic jazz guitarist Jim Hall by giving him a special thanks for 'opening doors'. The Jim Hall CD Textures was a huge influence on David and the making of Camera.

About David Occhipinti......
David Occhipinti was born in Toronto, Canada on December 26, 1966. He began playing guitar at age thirteen and began composing by age sixteen. He attended the Humber College Music Program in Toronto from 1984-87 (where he has been teaching guitar and ensembles since 2000). David has also been teaching at the University of Toronto since 2002, and in 1989, David's career came to a turning point when he landed at the Banff School of Fine Arts Jazz Workshop where Dave Holland was the Artistic Director. In the early 1990s David spent most of his time between studying in New York City and performing in Italy. The Canada Council for the Arts funded his stays in New York where he studied privately with legendary guitarist Jim Hall.

In 1994, David moved to Italy for nearly two years and performed extensively throughout the country and in neighbouring countries, with his own groups and also as a sideman. In 1996 David returned to his native Canada and was chosen as one of ten winners in the "Guitars on Fire" contest held by the international trade publication Jazziz Magazine. The jury included Jim Hall, John Patitucci and Lee Ritenour. The following year David recorded his self-titled debut CD. The recording features ten original compositions and has been described by the press as: "exciting, original, intelligent, inventive...an excellent debut". David recorded his second CD, Syzygy, in 1998, with its release the following year. The CD features 10 of his compositions in trio and solo settings. David Occhipinti began playing in duo format with Mike Murley in 1999, and in 2002 they released Duologue. Duologue was a huge success, and was nominated for a Juno Award, a National Jazz Award and a Canadian Music "Indie". Mike and David released their follow-up CD, Duologue Vol.2, in 2005.

David released his third group CD, Intersection, in November, 2003. The CD contains 10 original compositions and features David on guitar, Mike Murley on saxophone, Andrew Downing on bass and Terry Clarke on drums. In 2006, David composed "Four Pieces for String Quartet" for the Madawaska String Quartet and Purple Sky for the Arraymusic Ensemble. David Occhipint's fourth recording project as a "leader" was the well-received Forty Revolutions - which was nominated for a prestigious JUNO Award (the Canadian GRAMMY) in 2007. In 2011, David founded "The Walrus Quartet" with fellow guitarists Roddy Elias, Ted Quinlan and Kim Ratcliff. David is not only a busy and dedicated jazz educator, but he tours frequently throughout the United States and Europe, and his artistic development has been consistently aided by composition, recording and touring grants received from the Canada Council for the Arts, Chalmer's Arts Fellowship, The Toronto Arts Council, The Ontario Arts Council and DFAIT.

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