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Michael Occhipinti and Pilar Garden Concert

  • Leir House Cultural Centre 220 Manor Park Avenue Penticton, BC, V2A 2R1 Canada (map)

The Penticton Arts Council is proud to present Michael Occhipinti and Pilar. We brought them to you last fall and we are happy to bring them to you once again for a garden concert at the Leir House gardens. 

Michael Occhipinti is a versatile, sound-scultping guitarist and composer/arranger, who has spent decades freely moving between jazz, chamber music, world music, r&b/funk, and anything involving modern guitar sounds. A nine-time JUNO Award nominee, Michael leads several acclaimed groups including The Sicilian Project, Shine On: The Universe of John Lennon, The Triodes, and the 16-piece group NOJO (Neufeld-Occhipinti Jazz Orchestra). Michael's newest group IN ORBIT, is now booking dates for summer 2017 and features Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band) on saxophone, and Felix Pastorius on bass. 

Michael's creative guitar playing has made him the ideal compliment to a diverse range of groups, including modern jazz singer Elizabeth Shepherd, Indian fusion group Avataar, classical ensemble Group of 27, Psychedelic Turkish group Minor Empire, pop and soul singer Lester McLean, improvising electronic group Junik, and chamber group The Gryphon Trio. He’s as happy playing clean rhythm guitar with his funk band Grooveyard as he is creating stunning ambient sounds behind vocalists such as Italy’s Pilar. 

The range of Michael's musical experience is best illustrated in the many celebrated musicians Michael has performed with, including Tony Allen, Andrea Bocelli, The Cecilia String Quartet, Divine Brown, Don Byron, Bruce Cockburn, Jeff Coffin, Joe Lovano, The Toronto Symphony, Dominic Mancuso, Laila Biali, Ray Anderson, Dave Douglas, Michelle Willis, Sam Rivers, and Kenny Wheeler. Michael Occhipinti's touring resume includes The Umbria Jazz Festival (Italy), the Festival Cultural de Zacatecas (Mexico), the Jazz Yatra (India), The Ubuntu Project (Netherlands), Musikfest (USA), and the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival (Canada). 

Italian singer Pilar is an absolutely stunning vocalist, able to move between art song, Sicilian folk, and world pop (she sings in 5 languages), and she is a highly creative improvisor. Her most recent album Sartoria fuoro catalogo received great acclaim. Pilar first made her debut with the Sicilian at the 2014 Ottawa Chamberfest. Audiences at venues across Canada are all leaving the concerts saying the same thing: Pilar throws herself into a song completely. She is fearless. 

To open the evening we have special guest Penticton locals Tavis Weir and Stefan Bianz! Tavis Weir is an indie folk jazz musician and composer based in the Okanagan valley. His songs are heavily inspired by nature and the canadian landscape. Stefan Bienz works his particular magic on upright Bass. He is a member of the roots duo ‘The Darylectones’ and he has played at folk, jazz, blues, bluegrass, country and rock festivals all over North America.

Leir House
Doors open: 8pm
Tickets: $15 per person available at the Leir House and Eventbrite from Friday, June 16th.

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Later Event: July 15
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