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Showing posts with label Kevin Breit. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kevin Breit. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Acclaimed Guitarist and JUNO Award Nominee KEVIN BREIT to Release New "Stella Bella Strada" Album on May 31 from Stony Plain Records

Acclaimed Guitarist and JUNO Award Nominee KEVIN BREIT to Release New Stella Bella Strada Album on
May 31 from Stony Plain Records

TORONTO, ON -- Stony Plain Records is proud to announce the release of acclaimed guitarist and performer Kevin Breit’s Stella Bella Strada, his second solo album for the label, to be available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and all digital retailers on May 31. Retail CD sales commence June 7.

Produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Kevin, himself, Stella Bella Strada marks his fourth release on Canada’s leading folk/roots label, Stony Plain Records (he also recorded two albums with fellow guitar whiz, Harry Manx). “Kevin Breit is one of the most creative and imaginative musician I've ever worked with,” says Holger Petersen, founder and president of the label. “What he brings is far beyond incredible guitar playing. He is a master arranger, composer and soulful visionary, whose tones and phrasing color his music with sophisticated, timeless concepts and good humor. To my ears, Kevin's music includes blues-based slide guitar playing with a heavy dose of Frank Zappa's compositional influence. But Kevin is his own man - there's no one like him!”

Breit has also worked as a touring guitarist and session musician with many greats, including Cassandra Wilson, Norah Jones, k.d.lang, Michael Kaeshammer, Celine Dion, Marc Jordan, Molly Johnson, Holly Cole, Rosanne Cash, Serena Ryder and the Rankins.

Breit has been honored with several awards, including a Maple Blues Award, Gemini Award, National Jazz Award, Canadian Folk Music Award and two Juno Awards for his own recordings; and he has performed on other recordings that have earned a total of 10 Grammy Awards.

His last solo album, Johnny Goldtooth and The Chevy Casanovas, was nominated for instrumental album of the year at the 2019 Juno Awards.

Stella Bella Strada loosely translates to ‘beautiful star of the road’ and is aptly named for a new guitar built by master luthier and grand friend, Joseph Yanuziello,” says Kevin on the album title. “Did I want a one-of-a-kind instrument that could offer a fiery tone and is capable of fitting in many genres? Yes. Did I want an instrument that was lightweight and didn’t require a chiropractor after every show? Yes. Did I want Marcello Mastroianni and Sophia Loren peeking out from under the Mojo pickup grills? Yes. Did I want it to light up when it was in high gear? Yes. Did I want my initials on the tone and volume controls? Why not? So, this is where the road trip starts.”

Breit’s riveting album isn’t just a one-person project, even though he’s always at the helm. The release is enhanced by his staple of band members and special guests. “Andy McNeill, a longtime friend, supplied me with some all-time groovy Chamberlin and Optigan drum loops, which, in themselves, ooze so much character and vibe,” he says. “My fellow travelers would include the quartet I have been a member of for the better part of a quarter century, the Sisters Euclid - Ian DeSouza, Mark Lalama and Gary Taylor. Riding shotgun is drummer, Davide DiRenzo, another longtime friend. My brother Gary was also a big part of the ride, sitting behind the Wurlitzer and AceTone organ to provide that Las Vegas strip feel. The horn section consisted of the ever-fantastic, Rebecca Hennessy, Perry White, Tom Richards and Vincent Henry. William Lamoureux, a young Quebec-born violinist, weaves throughout the recording with much taste and musicality. There are two busloads of my musical friends playing and singing on Stella Bella Strada and it brought me great joy to have them all aboard.”

Breit adds, “On this recording, I wore several hats: producer, engineer, mixing and mastering. What I know of these things is somewhat laughable, but I loved every crazy second of it. I hope when you listen to Stella Bella Strada, at the very least, you will hear me smiling.”

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Kevin Breit New Release "Field Recording" & Summer Tour Dates

 Kevin Breit New Release "Field Recording" & Summer Tour Dates
Solo, Group and Sideman Dates
Across Canada
Canadian artist Kevin Breit is without a doubt one of North America’s most enigmatic and multifaceted guitarists. Considered a “guitarist’s guitarist”, Breit  has recorded with Norah Jones, Rosanne Cash,  k.d. Lang, Hugh Laurie, Holly Cole, Amos Lee, Jane Siberry, Molly Johnson, Serena Ryder, Natalie McMaster, Jane Bunnett, and many others.
Breit’s extensive career as an in demand guitarist has seen him garner multiple awards and accolades - he has performed on recordings that have earned ten Grammy Awards. Always on the lookout for new musical adventures, Kevin Breit recently released his new CD Field Recording to critical acclaim from reviewers across Canada, USA and Europe.
"Seriously, they really should just forget the voting, and start throwing awards and accolades at this disc. The songs alone are worth that, never mind the fact that its ALL MANDOLINS.  The only person that comes to mind for this level of inventiveness is Ry Cooder, and I mean that as the highest praise. I couldn't love this more." - Bob Mersereau, CBC
Breit manages the seemingly incongruous, material that sounds familiar yet utterly unlike anything else, and the results are endlessly fascinating. It's brainy and challenging but packs a powerful emotional punch....there's a glimpse of genius at work here, and it's well worth checking out." - John Taylor, Blinded By Sound
"Thoughts jump to this offbeat concept sounding like something from another planet; but it has a strange hold over the listener and works in the adventurous style that blends the arrangements and melody together." - Steve Rapid, Lonesome Highway
Featuring The Upper York Mandolin Orchestra,  this collection of 11 brilliant and incredibly catchy originals showcases Breit’s adept skills on the mandolin and vocals as well as masterful and thought provoking songwriting.

 Listen to Boom Chicka Boom

Listen to Weigh Me Down

Breit's performances are nothing short of fascinating. In addition to being a master of all things strings, Breit is an evocative singer-songwriter and genial performer. A man who wears many musical hats, Breit will be performing solo shows and with several different groups and artists as he hits the road for summer festivals.
Dates include Luminato Festival in Toronto, Rochester Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival and many more.
Tour Dates:
June 20th: Moonshine Cafe w/ Sisters Euclid - Oakville ON
June 22nd: Luminato Festival- Toronto ON
June 23rd: Rochester Jazz Festival w/ Stretch Orchestra -  Rochester NY
June 27th: Ottawa Jazz Festival w/ Stretch Orchestra - Ottawa ON
June 28-30th: Holly Cole, Montreal Jazz Festival - Montreal QC
July 4th: Orbit Room, Sisters Euclid - Toronto ON
July 12-14: Atlin Music Festival - Atlin BC
July 18th: Mezzrow's w/ Wonka - Toronto ON
July 19th: Rose Theatre, w/ Stretch Orchestra - Brampton ON
July 20th: Waterloo Jazz Festival, w/ Stretch Orchestra - Waterloo ON 
August 1st: Orbit Room, Sisters Euclid - Toronto ON
August 3rd: Kaslo Jazz Festival w/ Stretch Orchestra - Kaslo BC
August 9th: Bicycle Cafe solo - Flesherton ON
August 16th: Rose Theatre solo - Brampton ON
September 7th: Ellnora Guitar Festival, w/Sisters Euclid -  Urbana IL