World Of Jazz Series Announced!

The TD Edmonton International Jazz Festival is excited to announce the MACIEJ OBARA QUARTET, HILARIO DURAN WITH HORACIA HERNANDEZ, GOGO PEGUIN, PETER VAN HUFEL’S GORILLA MASK, and the FRANCOIS BOURASSA QUARTET as part of the World of Jazz Series.


Tickets for these events now on sale!


GoGo Penguin
June 26 | Yardbird Suite
1 Show: 7:30pm
$30 + sc 
Artist Info

Manchester-based piano trio GoGo Penguin is pianist Chris Illingworth, bassist Nick Blacka and drummer Rob Turner. Their music has been described as acoustic-electronica, but they draw equally on rock, jazz and minimalism, game soundtracks and glitchy-electronica to create their unique music. It’s music for the heart, head and feet. Their album “v2.0” was named a Mercury Prize album of the year in 2014.  In 2015, they signed to Blue Note Records and released the album “Man Made Object” in 2016.


Hilario Duran Quartet “Contambao” with Horacia “El Negro” Hernandez
June 23 | Yardbird Suite
2 Shows: 7:30pm & 9:15pm
$23 + sc per show
Artist Info

Cuban born Hilario Duran grew up in Havana in a musical family surrounded by a variety of diverse musical influences. He began working as a professional musician in Cuba’s Los Papa Cun­-Cun Ensemble, and in a variety of musical formats. Later on, in the 70’s, Duran was Chucho Valdés’ chosen successor in Cuba’s most modern big band, Orquesta Cubana de Música Moderna.

Hilario Duran has toured worldwide and performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Michel Legrand, and as part of Arturo Sandoval’s band, where he was pianist/keyboardist, arranger, and musical director for 9 years.

Chucho Valdés has acknowledged Hilario Duran as one of the greatest Cuban pianists of the 20th century, calling the Grammy-nominated and multi Juno-award winner “an unparalleled pianist, composer and arranger of the first order”.


Maciej Obara Quartet
June 22 | Yardbird Suite
2 Shows: 7:30pm & 9:15pm
$23 + sc per show
Artist Info

Maciej Obara is a Polish saxophone player and improviser characterised by his discernible phrasing and powerful sound.

Obara is a musician who has consequently developed his own musical language from the very beginning of his career, and, despite collaborations with artists from Japan, USA and Europe, his main focus remains his original quartet with Dominik Wania on piano, Ole Morten Vaagan on double bass and Gard Nilssen on drums. The members of the band represent a narrow group of European jazz musicians who consciously and uncompromisingly avoid musical literality, and create their own clearly distinguishable sound.

The most recent album, “Unloved”, is Obara’s ninth original recording, and will be released in Autumn 2017 on the prestigious Munich record label ECM. Released recordings and live concerts at the most important jazz festivals in the world have built well-deserved and unmistakeable brand of the saxophonist.


Peter Van Huffel’s Gorilla Mask
June 29 | Yardbird Suite
2 Show: 7:30pm & 9:15pm
$23 + sc pe per show
Artist Info

Ground-shaking grooves, hammering rhythms and wailing melodies layered with explosive no-holds-barred improvisations – Gorilla Mask is a type of sonic madness roaring with a restless, implacable energy that totters dangerously on the verge of total chaos. They craft spirals of sound in 4 or 5 dimensions, jabbing you in the ribs as they mess with your brain – the ebb and flow of an acute trio of musicians who know what they want and know how to get it. Canadian ex-pat Peter Van Huffel is a saxophonist out of Coltrane, Ayler and Zorn, but he frames his improvisational forays in the context of a trio with hard rock dynamics, riding the churn of Roland Fidezius’ frenetic bass and Rudi Fischerlehner’s pulsating drum kit like a surfer on the biggest wave he’s ever seen.


François Bourassa Quartet
June 29 | Varscona Theatre
2 Show: 7:30pm & 9:15pm
$23 + sc per show
Artist Info

Over the last three decades, François Bourassa has built many musical mansions. As pianist, composer, and bandleader, he has become an international example of Canada’s contemporary jazz scene. A model of both consistency and evolution, he continues to challenge himself, his talented musical partners, and his ever-widening community of listeners.
Recent years have seen Bourassa take on new challenges, including an occasional trio with saxophonist Jean Derome and percussionist Pierre Tanguay. The constant is the François Bourassa Quartet. On Number 9, François Bourassa’s ninth album of original music with his own band, the Montreal-born pianist alludes to formative influences, serendipitous encounters, and places from his past. That might suggest a highly reflective program, and the seven performances on this record certainly convey thoughtfulness, but the true focus of composer-improviser Bourassa and his ensemble is in the moment, now.