Kornel Wolak, Chris Donnelly: Common Ground
Label: ALMA RECORDS
Armed with a clarinet, a piano, and their personable stage presence, Kornel Wolak and Chris Donnelly present a remarkable blend of classical and jazz music rarely heard in live performance. From revered classical pieces such as Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A Major, to Gershwin’s famous Rhapsody in Blue, and Oscar Peterson’s classic Hymn to Freedom, Chris and Kornel captivate audiences with virtuosity, familiar melodies, and a profound passion for music and performing. Throughout the program, Chris and Kornel also showcase their talent as solo artists. Highly praised on two continents for his glorious tone, precise technical control, and musical imagination, Polish-born Kornel Wolak is well on his way to a major career as a soloist and chamber musician. Canadian-born Chris Donnelly is a Juno-nominated pianist, composer, and improviser known for his ventures into jazz and classical music. In early 2013, the Wolak/Donnelly Duo will be celebrating the release of their debut album “Common Ground” with Alma Records. Their recent collaboration with Prairie Debut has generated a 15-performance tour of the Canadian Prairies between February and April. Since their first performances in September 2011, Chris and Kornel have toured Canada extensively from the East Coast with Debut Atlantic, the West Coast with Music by the Sea in Bamfield BC, and many major festivals and concert series in Ontario. They are also dedicated to working with schools and communities, offering educational performances and workshops.