Do you remember that snow storm in January where we just got dumped on? I know we’re all trying to forget, but bear with me! That night we grabbed some of our musically gifted friends and decided to hibernate inside The Jane Bond and record some tunes. We paired the musical number performed by each musician with eyewear that complimented the energy they were creating and called the series Insight Impressions.
Bass x Blake Kuwahara
Julia is a 16-year-old musician from Waterloo Region and our part-time receptionist. She started playing piano at the age of four and later on played violin in the KW Symphony Youth Orchestra for five seasons. Currently she sings and plays bass in her rock band The Brackets, plays flute, drums and guitar on the side and is also working on an indie-jazz style solo album.
Insight Impression: Walking On, an original
Guitar x ROLF Spectacles
Norm has been playing music on and off for the last 40 years in full and part-time bands; he also works for one of our labs and we get to see him every day. He sings and also plays bass drums and lap steel guitar. His current band is called Jacknormal.
Insight Impression: Gallows Pole by Led Belly
Corno da Caccia x Theo
Guy’s instrumental versatility and fearless interpretations have been noted by the international press, “Outrageous…simply phenomenal” (Le Devoir) and “sheer brilliance” (L.A. Times). Awards include a Juno nomination and CAPACOA Touring Artist of the Year. Guy is a sessional lecturer at Wilfrid Laurier University where he coaches chamber music and teaches trumpet. He also sings and plays piano, trumpet and valveless trumpet. More info about Guy can be found at guyfew.com.
Insight Impression: Arioso – J.S. Bach, BWV 156
Peter De Sousa
Keyboard x l.a. Eyeworks
Peter has been a teacher at the Beckett School since its opening in 1980, enjoying a diverse career as not only a teacher, but also a music director for theatre, an arranger, accompanist and adjudicator. Having a life long dream of playing in a rock band, Peter has founded the Stealing Dan Band, a 12-piece rock band performing of course the Jazz-Rock music of the celebrated Steely Dan. In the last year Peter has joined “You Will Love It Live” agency, arranging music and music directing shows. His most recent projects have been the Rock Classics Show, Poperazzi (from Las Vegas) and his latest project the 60’s Spotlight Show.
Insight Impression: The Gentle Samba, arrangement from Oscar Peterson called The Gentle Waltz.
Saxophone x SALT Optics
Robin has been playing professionally for 42 years, 14 of which he performed in The Central Band of the Canadian Forces. He has toured extensively throughout Canada, USA and Europe and has resided in Kitchener for the last 21 years, teaching privately at his studio Robin Reid Music and performing as a sideman and leader. As well as singing, composing and playing Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone Saxophones, Clarinet and Bass Clarinet, Flute and Piccolo, Robin is the Musical Director for the Ceremonial Band of the Waterloo Regional Police Service, KW Big Band Theory, 18 piece Jazz Orchestra and the Robin Reid Project. Robin is a member of the Central Ontario Musicians’ Association and has received the Canadian Decoration Medal and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his extraordinary contributions to Canada and his community.
Insight Impression: Sean’s Bag, an original
Voice x DITA
You may hear Nicole singing in the boutique at Insight, but don’t throw her any roses – she’s allergic. Nicole started vocal lessons at age 4 and at age 11 was cast as the frog in Leos Janácek’s Czech opera ‘The Cunning Little Vixen’ with the Canadian Opera Company. She attended York University for Vocal Jazz performance and performed alongside jazz pianist Robi Botos, Gospel singer Carvin Winans and studied under choral director Karen Burke and Jazz trombonist and vocal director Bob Hamper. She also sang a commercial jingle for a canadian theme park. Currently Nicole performs for fun at community events like The Hohner Porch Party and this year’s The Grand Porch Party.
Insight Impression: Daddy’s Little Girl, an original
Director & Camera Operator
DOP & Sound Operator
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