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The Fabulous Jeffery Straker

Join SoundXchange this week as we spend the hour in concert and conversation with "musically delicious" folk-cabaret-pop pianist and singer Jeffery Straker.

 

('GONE' performed live at the Refinery in Saskatoon Saskatchewan

FROM YOUTUBE: Recorded by Sasktel Max on Demand

BAND: Kory Gibbs-Drums, Jill Straker-Backing Vocals, Sam Minevich-Bass, Carmelle Pretzlaw-Violin, Jeffery Straker-Piano, Lead Vocals

from the album 'under the soles of my shoes'

itunes: http://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/under-the-soles-of-my-shoes/id436567337)

From Jeff's web site:

"Rufus Wainwright, as well as K.D. Lang are among the Canadians making essential and beautiful music. Add the name Jeffery Straker to that list"

- Chicago Free Press, Gregg Shapiro (Jan '09)

"Cycling through (his) record I could not help but wonder why he's not already a star in this country. Over time, he's evolved into a fine songwriter with great lyrical sensibilities. Straker is very much an artist to watch"

- Canadian Musician Magazine (Feb '09)

Singer-songwriter-pianist Jeffery Straker performs over 100 shows per year across Canada. He recently recorded for CBC radio's 'Canada Live', and had a music video rise to the top 10 (#6) on Canada's Much More Music. His previous album 'Step Right Up' was the #5 selling album in his home-land of Saskatchewan in August 2010, ahead of both Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga. He's sure neither of them cared. But he is sure that he, in fact, did. He's  launched 'under the soles of my shoes'  in June 2011, and is ready to launch his NEXT Oct 2 2012--called Vagabond.

 

 

Canadian Musician Magazine has written of Straker's folk-pop-cabaret music: "Very much an artist to watch" while the Chicago Free Press has written: "Rufus Wainwright as well as k.d. lang are among the Canadians making essential and beautiful music...add the name Jeffery Straker to that list".

Originally from small town Saskatchewan, the classically trained pianist was raised by a church organist mother and an auctioneer father. He swears he was born under the piano on the family farm. All this might explain his ability to share songs with audiences. His recent touring has seen him share songs at: a debut performance at the National Arts Centre (Ottawa), a return to the Breakout West Festival (Whitehorse, Yukon), Regina Folk Festival, and Canadian Music Week (Toronto). He has also performed at JunoFest and NXNE and recently toured in Ghana (Africa).

His songwriting has seen him become a national top 10 finalist in the Canadian Radiostar Songwriting Competition and a top 20 finalist in the global Unisong Competition. In September 2010 he was honored to be short-listed for the Sask. Lieutenant Governor's Arts Award. Not at all sure if he would actually win it, he was delighted to attend the gala as he was sure the cake would be amazing. It was.

Straker has already completed recording new songs for his next release. This time out he used Glenn Gould's famed 'practice' grand piano (at the CBC studios in Toronto) with Danny Michel as producer. The album will launch in 2012.

Jeffery is a musical descendant of Beethoven through teacher-student lineage (seriously...see his website for the full story). He was a student of the Royal Conservatory of Music and received his licentiate diploma in piano performance from Trinity College, London when he was 19.

TWITTER: http://www.twitter.com/jefferystraker

FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/jeffery.straker.music

ITUNES PING: http://c.itunes.apple.com/ca/profile/id-26700

WATCH FOR AN NEW ALBUM IN LATE 2012

THE BEETHOVEN CONNECTION:

His musical prowess and flare at the piano has an incredibly famous connection - it's true. While studying at the conservatory of music at the University of Regina, Jeffery worked with one Frank Crumly, who had been taught by Thomas Manshardt, who previously had been taught by Howard Wells, who was a student of Leschetizky (acknowledged as the greatest teacher of all time), who was taught by Czerny, who, you guessed it, was taught by Beethoven. A similar lineage through Manshardt connects Jeffery to Chopin. Quite the piano pedigree.

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