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The Full Story

Sunday 28 July, 4.30pm

Adults $20 Students $10

In this extraordinary concert, versatile violinist Cathy Irons together with top Christchurch jazz musicians, Dan Robertson (piano) and Dougal Canard (double bass, guitar), explore the vibrancy and versatility of the violin, traveling through different times and genres. Douce Ambiance literally means Sweet Sounds and the ensemble are poised to captivate audiences with their warm tones and creative musicianship. Join them on a journey from haunting ancient melodies to swing and Latin, through lively folk tunes, across to the syncopated rhythms of Brazil.

Cathy Irons (violin, viola) is a versatile violinist, performing regularly in the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and touring ensemble concerts throughout NZ with programmes from baroque to jazz. Her playing as been described by reviewers as "sonic fireworks that dazzle with all their brilliance" and "characterised by inspirational musicianship." She has performed in the Cavell Leitch NZ Jazz and Blues Festival, the Dunedin Fringe Festival, Arrowtown Spring Arts Festival and most recently toured for Arts on Tour NZ.

Dan Robertson (piano) has performed at the New Zealand Arts Festival, with his own trio at the Christchurch jazz festival and with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra for the Last Night of the Proms series. While in Melbourne Dan teamed up with award winning song writer Cam Giles-Webb and appeared on several of Cam's albums as well as regular gigs at Dizzy's Jazz Bar, The Paris Cat, The Melbourne International Jazz Festival, The Eltham Jazz Festival, and the Castlemain Jazz Festival. His work as pianist in Trios and in Showbands on cruise ships has taken him to New York, Hawaii, and the Caribbean.

Dougal Canard (bass) is a multi instrumental musician much in demand around Christchurch. He holds a B.Mus in jazz performance, doubling in bass and piano. He has extensive experience playing bass in all styles including rock, funk, jazz and show work, including NASDA and the CSO. His work as a pianist has been mostly in the world of jazz, holding a long term residency at the Millenium hotel, as well as leading his own jazz trio. And on guitar he plays all styles of music, but has particular interest in Latin music, especially guitar music from Brazil.

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Cathy Irons (violin, viola) is a versatile violinist, performing regularly in the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and touring ensemble concerts throughout NZ with programmes from baroque to jazz. Her playing as been described by reviewers as "sonic fireworks that dazzle with all their brilliance" and "characterised by inspirational musicianship." She has performed in the Cavell Leitch NZ Jazz and Blues Festival, the Dunedin Fringe Festival, Arrowtown Spring Arts Festival and most recently toured for Arts on Tour NZ.

Dan Robertson (piano) has performed at the New Zealand Arts Festival, with his own trio at the Christchurch jazz festival and with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra for the Last Night of the Proms series. While in Melbourne Dan teamed up with award winning song writer Cam Giles-Webb and appeared on several of Cam's albums as well as regular gigs at Dizzy's Jazz Bar, The Paris Cat, The Melbourne International Jazz Festival, The Eltham Jazz Festival, and the Castlemain Jazz Festival. His work as pianist in Trios and in Showbands on cruise ships has taken him to New York, Hawaii, and the Caribbean.

Dougal Canard (bass) is a multi instrumental musician much in demand around Christchurch. He holds a B.Mus in jazz performance, doubling in bass and piano. He has extensive experience playing bass in all styles including rock, funk, jazz and show work, including NASDA and the CSO. His work as a pianist has been mostly in the world of jazz, holding a long term residency at the Millenium hotel, as well as leading his own jazz trio. And on guitar he plays all styles of music, but has particular interest in Latin music, especially guitar music from Brazil.

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