Bravo Niagara! and the Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival
Announce Meyer Sound Sponsorship
For Immediate Release
August 3, 2018 (Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario)– Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts and the Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival are proud to announce Meyer Soundas a Major Sponsor and Official Sound Provider.
Meyer Sound’s internationally-renowned audio and acoustic systems are relied upon for respected concert venues and festivals such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and Montreux Jazz Festival, as well as for international concert tours featuring artists such as Michael Bublé, Celine Dion, Ed Sheeran, Dead & Company and Metallica, among many others.
“At Meyer Sound we are very pleased to support Bravo Niagara!. It’s an ideal combination, since Bravo Niagara! is one of the leading performing arts organizations in Canada with the Spring Into Music Series, Voices of Freedom Festival and the Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival, while Meyer Sound strives for excellence in sound reinforcement technology,” says Meyer Sound Co-Founder and Executive Vice PresidentHelen Meyer. “Bringing the two together means every concert will be a memorable experience for all who attend.”
Meyer Sound systems will be appreciated by audiences in all of Bravo Niagara!’s festival venues. “Bravo Niagara! strives to create extraordinary concert experiences featuring the world’s leading artists. We are thrilled to have Meyer Sound as a Major Sponsor and Official Sound Provider, which will ensure we provide an optimum experience for both artist and audience,” says Bravo Niagara!’s Artistic DirectorChristine Mori.
The sponsorship is supported by Meyer Sound’s exclusive Canadian Distributor GerrAudio.
“Bravo Niagara!'s world-class performances speak for themselves. Our job is to guide the team that ensures they are heard transparently by every patron, it’s what we do,” says Bob Snelgrove, Presidentof GerrAudio Distribution.
In addition to supporting Bravo Niagara!’s concerts, Meyer Sound will be the Official Sound Provider for the Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival beginning with the second annual festival February 15-17, 2019. Led by Artistic Director Renee Rosnes, Artistic Producer Kelly Peterson, and Executive Producers Christine Mori and Alexis Spieldenner of Bravo Niagara!, the Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festivalis the first and only jazz festival bearing the name of Canada’s greatest jazz artist and is dedicated to showcasing the rich history and the future of the music Oscar loved.
Kelly Peterson, Christine Mori, and Alexis Spieldenner recently visited the Meyer Sound campus in Berkeley, California, where they had the opportunity to meet co-founders John and Helen Meyer.“I was mesmerized by the quality of sound and the passionate pursuit of excellence that was expressed by John and Helen Meyer and obviously shared by all their staff,” says Kelly Peterson, Artistic Producer of the Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival. “What a thrill it was to meet them, to tour their factory, to experience their exuberance and generosity. I am so very grateful for their sponsorship of the Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival, knowing that the superb performances of the artists we present will be supported by the best audio systems in the world.”
Bravo Niagara!’s first concert to feature Meyer Sound systems will take place August 18, 2018 as internationally-acclaimed classical guitarist Miloš Karadaglićtakes the stage with the Marc Djokic string quintet at the historic St. Mark’s Anglican Church in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Pictured at the Meyer Sound Campus in Berkeley, California (L to R): Jerry Placken (Director of Strategic Relations at Meyer Sound; Bravo Niagara! Board Member), Kelly Peterson (Artistic Producer of the Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival), John Meyer (Co-founder and CEO of Meyer Sound), Patricia Yocom (Bravo Niagara! Board Member), and Alexis Spieldenner and Christine Mori (Co-Founders of Bravo Niagara!; Executive Producers of the Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival)
Major Sponsor & Official Sound Provider
Meyer Sound Exclusive Canadian Distributor
ABOUT BRAVO NIAGARA!
Bravo Niagara! is a not-for-profit registered charity founded in 2014 dedicated to presenting the world’s leading Canadian and international artists in Niagara-on-the-Lake and the surrounding wine country. Bravo Niagara! produces the annual Spring into Music Series, Voices of Freedom Festival, and the Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival.
ABOUT OSCAR PETERSON INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL
As the world’s first (and only!) jazz festival bearing the name of Canada’s greatest jazz artist, the Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival (OPIJF) honours and celebrates his legacy of excellence. The festival is not intended to simply present concerts in tribute to Oscar Peterson, but rather to truly present jazz, showcasing the rich history and the future of the music Oscar loved. Led by Artistic Director Renee Rosnes, Artistic Producer Kelly Peterson, and Executive Producer Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts, the OPIJF takes place in the Niagara wine country of Ontario and stands poised to become one of Canada’s most anticipated winter music events.
ABOUT MEYER SOUND
Meyer Sound continually strives to elevate the overall dialogue about sound and bring greater awareness to the importance of how we hear and listen. A collaborative, results-focused approach to sound solutions drives a company philosophy where creative thinking, old- fashioned craftsmanship, and entrepreneurial technology are strongly intertwined. Tours for top-grossing artists and respected concert and entertainment venues rely on Meyer Sound, as do houses of worship, cinemas, restaurants, universities, corporate offices, and museums. With field offices and authorized distributors worldwide, Meyer Sound designs and manufactures all products at its Berkeley, California headquarters, allowing for rigorous quality control and testing, and starting in 2018, all products are covered by a five-year warranty. Scientific acoustical research and product development have earned Meyer Sound more than 100 US and international patents and numerous awards since its founding in 1979 by John and Helen Meyer. Meyer Sound is a registered trademark of Meyer Sound Laboratories, Inc. All rights reserved.
Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts
Director of Social Media & Public Relations
Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival
Bravo Niagara!’s Voices of Freedom Concert will bring together some of the best in Canadian jazz and soulful music, to highlight inclusiveness, empowerment, and the importance of freedom.
Curated by Céline Peterson, daughter of jazz great Oscar Peterson, the evening will feature performances by Officer of the Order of Canada, singer/songwriter and philanthropist Molly Johnson, as she sings selections from her latest release ‘Meaning To Tell Ya’ including “Better Than This,” “L.O.V.E.,” and “Protest Song.” These songs were written to inspire hope, change, and love, which we believe to be the perfect narrative to fit the Voices of Freedom concert. Along with Molly’s performance, we will see NAACP Image Award, Gemini, Dora, and JUNO Award-winning singer/actress Jackie Richardson take the stage to perfectly take us on a journey of bravery through unimaginable struggle, with her performance of Paul Novotny’s “Railway Porter’s Song,” which was written as an ode to the Fathers and Grandfathers of icons such as Joe Sealy and Oscar Peterson, who worked as Porters during the early days of the CP Railway.
The evening will also feature performances from GRAMMY Award winner Larnell Lewis on drums (Snarky Puppy), multi-JUNO Award winners Robi Botos on piano and Mike Downes on bass, and up and coming saxophonist from Barbados, Joseph Callender. Robi’s recently released “Old Soul” features powerful original compositions, which perfectly fit the message of “Voices of Freedom.” With “Hope,” and “Praise,” Botos perfectly conveys a feeling of comfort through his luscious phrasings in these gospel-inspired tunes. The evening will conclude with Botos and Richardson coming together for an untouchable rendition of Oscar Peterson’s “Hymn to Freedom,” which was written during the peak of the Civil Rights Movement. With Harriette Hamilton’s lyrics perfectly complimenting Peterson’s melodies, the audience is sure to be left inspired.
In Fall 2018, the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake's Voices of Freedom Park will be unveiled. Voices of Freedom Park gives expression to the silenced and forgotten stories of people of African descent, enslaved, freed, and free, whose sacrifices, labour, skills, and talents contributed to the development of Niagara-on-the-Lake. This significant art installation permanently inscribes these Black men and women on the historical and cultural landscape of the town.