UVic’s Faculty Concert Series presents trumpeter Merrie Klazek with guest fiddler Pierre Schryer and guitarist Adam Dobres. These three renowned performers will weave together a captivating program that combines classical and folk music traditions in a variety of styles including Celtic, Latin, classic jazz, and baroque.
UVic Professor of Trumpet, Merrie Klazek, is active as a performer, teacher and recording artist in orchestral, chamber, solo, traditional and popular music. Her musical travels have taken her around the globe. She has appeared as a soloist with a variety of Canadian orchestras and ensembles and was principal trumpet with the Thunder Bay Symphony for 17 years. She is a founding member of Brass Northwest in Thunder Bay and currently plays with Pinnacle Brass Quintet. Klazek appears on numerous recordings including four JUNO nominated albums, and is currently working on her second solo recording which will highlight the trumpet in settings of various world styles in collaboration with renowned folk musicians.
Pierre Schryer is one of Canada’s leading traditional fiddlers. A celebrated performer and producer, Schryer has established himself as a gem on the music scene among fans and fellow musicians. He was immersed from an early age in the Franco-Ontarian traditions of his heritage, through multiple fiddle competitions along with his triplet brothers. As a solo performer Pierre has received numerous titles and awards including Canadian Open Fiddle Champion, Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Champion, Violoneux Championnat, and North American Irish Fiddle Champion.
Adam Dobres is a folk-oriented guitarist with a fluid talent and adaptive sensibility. Born in Canada and currently living on Pender Island, he has toured all over the world with acts ranging from folk ensemble The Ruth Moody Band to pop rock singer Toni Childs. In 2016, he stepped into the spotlight with his eponymous debut album, earning him a nomination for instrumental artist of the year in the West Coast Music Awards.