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Amanda Tosoff: Rising Star

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Amanda Tosoff is a BC-raised, Toronto-based pianist, composer, and bandleader. She has established herself in recent years as a rising star in the Canadian music scene, performing with such internationally-recognized artists as Phil Dwyer and Ingrid and Christine Jensen, and has opened for jazz legends including Bobby Hutcherson and Renee Rosnes.

At the piano, Tosoff is confident and calm, her lines playful and deeply rooted in the language of jazz piano. As a composer, her work is intricate and thoughtful. The recent release of her fifth album, Words, marks a milestone in her evolution as a musician, moving beyond what could be described as “straight-ahead modern jazz.” This new album explores a broad array of musical influences including jazz, pop and folk music, and weaves together an interesting and refreshing collection of songs, featuring the sweet-voiced Toronto singer Felicity Williams.

Tosoff has a Master’s degree from the University of Toronto, and has earned prestigious awards such as the CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award at the 2007 Vancouver International Jazz Festival and the General Motors Grand Prix de Jazz at the 2009 Montréal Jazz Festival.

Amanda Tosoff takes the stage at the Rachel Browne theatre on June 23 as part of the TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival. She also offers a jazz lab that afternoon at Cinematheque, if you’re curious about her craft—everyone is welcome.

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