Montreal quartet taking the stage at Studio Live

Drawing inspiration from masters like Wes Montgomery and Grant Green, musician Sam Kirmayer effects in favour of a clear, direct tone and maintains firm roots in the blues and hard bop traditions.

Kirmayer has performed with some of Canada’s finest musicians including André White, Joel Miller, Mike Rud and Kevin Dean, who has praised him for his “excellence, honesty and power of emotion.”

In April 2017, Kirmayer released his debut album, Opening Statement, on Montreal label Chromatic Audio. A straight-ahead quartet date, the album features a mixed set of originals and standards, with a strong supporting cast of New York-based pianist Sean Fyfe and Montreal stalwarts bassist Mike De Masi and drummer Dave Laing.

Kirmayer’s sophomore album, High and Low is set for a 2018 release on Cellar Live, this time in an organ trio featuring New York-based organist Ben Paterson, with Dave Laing returning on drums.

Meanwhile, he maintains an active performance schedule with several weekly residencies in Montreal and frequent appearances elsewhere in Quebec and Ontario.

This is Kirmayer’s first tour of the west coast. Studio Live is pleased to be presenting him and his quartet with stellar musicians Sean Fyfe, piano, John Lee, bass and Valerie Lacombe, drums,

This night of great music music starts at 8 p.m, May 26 at Studio Live, 2679 Beaufort Avenue, Cumberland. Advance tickets, $20, available at Bop City Records, Courtenay, Rider’s Pizza Cumberland or by e-transfer to studiolive At the door $25. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Seating is limited so get your tickets today.

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