Beach United is delighted to host Jane Bunnett on sax and clarinet and Danae Olano on piano for our first Jazz and Reflection of the 2022/23 season. Theme: Gratitude.
An internationally acclaimed musician, Jane Bunnett is known for her creative integrity, improvisational daring, and courageous artistry. Her exploration of Afro-Cuban melodies expresses the universality of music, and her ability to embrace and showcase the rhythms and culture of Cuba has been ground-breaking. She has toured the world bringing her own special sound to numerous jazz festivals, displaying her versatility as a flutist, saxophone player, and pianist.
Toronto-based pianist, composer and arranger Danae Olano is originally from Cuba. Her career began to blossom while studying at the University of Arts in Havana. Her music is influenced by the Afro-Cuban music tradition, Classical music, Jazz, Brazilian rhythms, and more. She focusses on the legacy of the great Cuban pianists as well as the Masters of Jazz. Winner of two Juno Awards and Grammy Nominated, Miss Olano holds multiple classical piano awards such as Musicalia and UNEAC. She is a versatile pianist, founding member of the all-female band “Jane Bunnett and Maqueque”, she also collaborates with other musicians in the city having the opportunity to learn new styles of music and enrich her own. She has performed in some of the world’s most prestigious jazz clubs, including Birdland, Blue Note and Bimhuis as well as in leading festivals such as the Monterrey, Newport and Saratoga Jazz Festivals in addition to Jazz al Parque in Bogota. Olano not only writes music for her band, she also collaborates with visual artists and has recently being awarded Best Original Soundtrack by the Capital Film Festival in Madrid for her collaboration on the experimental short-film “Sunlight Around the Corner: The Golden Sparrow”.