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GRAMMY NOMINATED RON KORB RELEASES 20th SOLO ALBUM “WORLD CAFE” WITH OCT. 17TH CONCERT IN TORONTO

Three years ago, internationally acclaimed flutist & composer Ron Korb‘s album “Asia Beauty” was nominated for a Grammy in the Best New Age Album category. Ron has just released his latest album, “WORLD CAFE”, this time with a distinct Latin flavour, and it has been receiving a lot of attention from international music media as well as fans, and is rising quickly on various music charts. back cover World cafe  smallRon’s previous albums have garnered critical and popular acclaim from around the world; he’s shared many musical journeys, from the wonders and mysteries of Japan and China, to the infectious joy and tender melancholy of Celtic song and dance. For his World Café album, he takes us to sunny Spain, the island of Cuba and the alluring lands of South America. He explores how things sound when crossing a rhythm from one region with a melody inspired by another. All the music is played by living, breathing musicians (no computer generated tunes here!) including renowned award-winning jazz, world and Latin musicians Hilario Duran and Johannes Linstead, with an emphasis on using acoustic instruments.

Here’s a quick taste of World Café …..

I recently sat down and chatted with Ron (fittingly, in a cafe) and asked him a few questions about his music….

With a personal collection of 250 flutes, your reputation as the “king of flutes” is well earned – which instruments did you play on this latest album?  In World Café, the main instrument is my concert flute but I also used some Asian bamboo flutes and the ocarina on some tracks. I was also able to experiment with the Ellis-Korb flute mouthpieces that I’ve been developing with California flute maker Geoffrey Ellis. With the different cuts and various hardwoods we used, I could tailor the sound for each piece. It has been a long 6 year project creating the holy grail of embouchure designs and now Geoffrey and I are very excited about what we‘ve achieved together.DSC02624seasideYour previous album for which you received a Grammy nomination, Asia Beauty, explored Asian musical themes. What made you choose to record this latest album in the Latin style?  World Café has been very well received but it has taken everyone by surprise, especially listeners who have just discovered my music in recent years. Older fans know I’ve already written and performed tunes like Casco Viejo, La Sirena, Desert Night and Dark Eyes. Even back in my student days I often would write tunes that had a Spanish flavour. Latin music is the rhythm of the heart and I had been looking forward to making an upbeat album with a Latin theme for many years. Now when I look at the finished physical CD I can hardly believe it is finally manifested. It’s like a dream come true and I’m very happy with the production and the way it sounds.not for publicHow did you created the music for this album?  For the last decade I have been writing songs with pen and paper. I have books of manuscript paper full of hand written sketches and ideas. When I’m away from home and an idea pops into my head I will just sing the melody or beat box the rhythm on to my phone and transcribe it later. After the musical phrases have had time to ferment, I revisit them and discard the less than brilliant sketches and focus on the melodies that have real magic. Some songs come together very quickly and others take years to find the right contrasting section.  It’s always possible to finish off a song quickly but to write something really special takes a lot of time and effort.

It must be very rewarding to hear the completed album – what was the most enjoyable part of recording World Café?  I would say the most rewarding aspect about making World Café is collaborating with the musicians. It is amazing to hear the songs come alive when you workshop it with a band. In the past, I used midi and computer software quite a lot but since doing my Ron Korb Live album in Quebec in 2004, I gradually transitioned to being completely acoustic. It’s far more expensive to work that way but I prefer the result. Working with legendary Cuban pianist Hilario Duran and guitarist Johannes Linstead was a particular highlight. When I wrote the song Hilario, I didn’t really think that he would record it. Again, this is like another dream come true. After I contacted him, Hilario invited me to his place and I showed him the song. He immediately liked it and suggested some Cuban players to join us on the recording. It was really a thrill to work with such authentic players.

Being so musical, you must play other instruments – which ones?  Concert flute, bass flute, penny whistle, low whistle, shinobue, dizi, xun, bawu, Cambodian pie pook, ocarina. I play piano just enough for composing and songwriting. I also have sung backing and some lead vocals professionally.VIL0_XIw

On October 17th, Ron will be presenting World Café to a live audience for the first time. Performing at Jazz Cafe in Toronto, Ron will be joined on stage by an exciting group of musicians including Bill Evans (L) and Hilario Duran (C) pictured below with Ron.Bill Evans and Hilario DuranWorld Café represents a meeting place where people from many cultures can intermingle, laugh and make friends in a relaxed space – much like Ron’s own multicultural Toronto where this album was recorded.  The album is available thru Ron’s website or via Amazon.ca, iTunes, Spotify & Tidal. Listen online or purchase the gorgeous full-colour hardcover 24pg CD package designed by Ron’s talented wife and photographer, Jade. These will be available at the event, too. Perfect as gifts, as well as for yourself. .

Tickets to the concert as well as Ron’s complete discography are available at: www.ronkorb.com  dRIXZvJw

RON KORB presents WORLD CAFÉ

Wednesday Oct. 17th at 8pm (doors open 7pm)

JAZZ BISTRO, 251 Victoria St, Toronto

Cover: $15 advance from www.ronkorb.com   or $20 at the door

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Award-winning Canadian composer/flautist RON KORB welcomes guests to studio meet-n-greet to celebrate new CD, Asia Beauty

Internationally renowned, award-winning composer and flautist RON KORB www.ronkorb.com was a very busy man last night! Earlier in the evening, he welcomed industry pro’s and media to a special recording session and meet’n’greet to promote his latest album, Asia Beauty, at KUHL MUZIK studios located in downtown Toronto, then later visited CIUT-FM radio for an interview with Nancy Bullis, host of “Howl!” (story pending) at 10pm.

20150623_165840First, Ron got things sync’d up with studio owner, Gary Honess (above), as his lovely wife Jade, laid out a spread fit for an emperor (below) featuring authentic Chinese Baozi from Markham, including cute panda cookies and a deelish green tea sponge roll cake.

20150623_165708 20150623_165712After managing the catering, Jade took a quick break (below) with Zhang Bo, husband of Yangqin virtuoso, Zhang Di, who recorded a few tracks with Ron (below, pics 2 + 3).

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20150623_171939 20150623_171910The local celebs arrived and took turns hangin’ with Gary at the board (it reminded me of the deck of the Enterprise…beam me up, Scotty!!). Here’s film director/writer Bobby Del Rio checking out the tech deck with Gary as Jade, in the background, hurries over with a plate of goodies. Bobby’s latest feature is The Market – check it out here: http://www.themarketmovie.com/

20150623_170543 20150623_170616More folks to greet including Margo Glatt & musician Aidan Mason (below) http://www.aidanmasonmusic.com/

20150623_182006…as well as Bill Evans (below) who sat down and started swapping music stories with Margo and Aidan.

20150623_182425Don Graham, musician and Cashbox Canada columnist (below, right), showed off his awesome tan thanks to his recent visit to MIDEM in Cannes, and chatted with studio intern Matt. www.cashboxcanada.ca 

20150623_174556Ron showed e-magazine publisher/writer Lise Watson (www.twasonline.com) around one of the studios (below)…..

20150623_174719…then he spent time being interviewed by KJ Mullins (below), publisher/writer of Newz4U one of Toronto’s leading online news sites. http://newz4u.net/ 

20150623_182355Ron, Zhang Di and Bill Evans performed two songs from Asia Beauty live that were professionally filmed in real time, which had everyone crowding around the monitors….

20150623_181224 20150623_181125Also hangin’ with Gary (below), here’s Meaghan Ritchat and Phil Demetro of Lacquer Channel Mastering http://lacquerchannel.com/

20150623_182414…and even I was the subject of some slick paparazzi….LOL!

20150623_165905Ron logged on to WeChat, China’s social media portal, saying hi to fans in Beijing and Shanghai with help from Sissi Chen of Novella magazine (below). www.novellamag.com 

20150623_174220Below, Gary helps set-up for the filming – the footage will be edited into music videos over the coming months.

20150623_174411 20150623_174324 20150623_174358A great evening…big thanks to Gary for his generous hospitality http://kuhlmuzik.com/ and to everyone who came out to support Ron’s event.

20150623_174736The public concert to launch Asia Beauty takes place 8pm Tues. July 7th at Musideum, located right above Kuhl Muzik at 401 Richmond St West (at Spadina) and you can purchase tickets via Ron’s website: http://ronkorb.com/asia-beauty-tickets   Space is limited so don’t wait too long to secure your seats.

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IN PERFORMANCE WITH INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED CANADIAN FLUTIST RON KORB

Last night, St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Newmarket presented a wonderful evening of musical entertainment performed by internationally renowned flutist RON KORB [ www.ronkorb.comaccompanied by cellist WENDY SOLOMON and pianist LOU POMANTI.

DSC00427gg-1-sOn this warm spring Friday afternoon, I accompanied Ron and his charming wife, Jade (who kindly shot some of these photos), up to Newmarket, a town just North of Toronto, where Ron was performing for the St. Paul’s audience.

20150508_161423 20150508_162305The 19th century church (above) was charming and welcoming, surrounded by trees in full blossom and chirping birds…what a nice respite from the downtown hub-bub of Toronto. Ron was joined by Gemini Award winning composer, producer and pianist Lou Pomanti  [ www.loupomanti.com ] and Wendy Solomon [ lushcellos.com ], a classical recitalist who tours the world with her beautiful cello. While they set up and rehearsed with local sound man Phil Claxton, I wandered around the church capturing some the stunning stained glass windows and iconography (below)

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20150508_201653The kind happy band of church volunteers prepared refreshments for the audience as well as a lovely light dinner for the musicians (and me, too). Thank you to Dorothy Bugden, chef extraordinaire, for the fine soup and salad. We gratefully devoured everything !

20150508_181559The crowd poured into the church around 7pm, ready for an evening of music from around the world….

20150508_185929Ron, Wendy and Lou took to the stage and for over 2 hours the audience was mesmerized by the soulful, spiritually evocative tunes Ron has composed to reflect his travels around the world and his love of all music.

20150508_193349 20150508_202405 20150508_203603Some of his tunes were very danceable and I caught soundman Phil at the back of the church sharing a quick salsa with wife Dawn during one of Ron’s Latin inspired pieces. They were a whirlwind of exuberance….

20150508_205849Jade took lots of wonderful action shots of the stage (below)

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20150508_211300 20150508_211429 20150508_211641Even Wendy met a fan and obliged with an autographed CD. (above). Lou seemed very pleased with the response (below) as he, too, met with fans after the show.

20150508_212805Ron and Wendy posed with The Rev. Gordon Sheppard (below) who, along with the church events committee, had  graciously invited Ron to perform.

20150508_213408 20150508_213414A big THANK YOU to all the volunteers and church officials who made this event possible, and thank you to the very appreciative Newmarket audience – Ron hopes to return for another concert soon.  Do visit St. Paul’s new website and Facebook page to support their upcoming events and concerts [ www.stpaulsnewmarket.org ]…and here are some more photos you may enjoy:

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