Steve Koven is a composer, performer, producer, educator and film maker. In 1993 he established the Steve Koven Trio. Touring the world for more then two decades, they have been coined as ‘Canadian Cultural Ambassadors’. Aside from performing world wide with his trio, Steve also performs solo piano concerts throughout North America, Europe and the Caribbean. Dozens of Koven’s compositions have been licensed for national and international film and television productions.
As an educator, Steve has been teaching in the Faculty of Music at Toronto’ s York University since 2003, teaching Contemporary Improvisation and Jazz Piano Studies. In addition, Steve teaches in the Music Department at Centennial College in Toronto, He holds a Masters in Music Composition and has presented master classes and clinics throughout Canada, China, Japan, Colombia, Barbados, Bahamas, USA and Mexico. In addition, Steve has presented at TEDx TALK at Queens University, Kingston, Ontario.
Koven is also an award winning film maker, receiving first price for his documentary, 20, in the 2015 Toronto Independent Film Festival.
Joining Koven tonight is Artie Roth (bass) and Anthony Michelli (drums).
Anthony Michelli, the Canadian born and internationally respected professional has fostered a creative and successful career in the music industry as a drum set performer, post-secondary educator and sound recording producer.
Appreciative to be a member of various diverse projects featuring an extensive list of celebrated, distinguished composers and performers, Anthony is able to actualize his unique approach performing in several varied styles of music equally with respect and dedication to the art of creating Music. Through personal motivation, curiosity and dedication alongside of a ever-persistent quest for knowledge, Anthony has be able to remain relevant, current and active for over two decades as an esteemed professional.
In addition, Anthony has recorded and collaborated with innumerable artists in the contemporary jazz, original composition, world, popular and creative music genres spanning from 1995 to the present day with well over one hundred recordings listed in his discography. Although it is not his constant priority, he does periodically lead his own group.
Anthony accredits any accolades under his name to the groundwork established by his mentors and elders that forged and opened the pathways. Inspired to keep a continuum, Anthony has made it a personal goal to remain true and creative in efforts to break ground for young and aspiring musicians finding their place in the industry.
Toronto-born jazz bassist Artie Roth has been an active composer, bandleader, performer and educator in the national and international jazz communities, since his graduation from York University in 1992 with the Oscar Peterson Scholarship. After two Canada Council sponsored study tenures in New York City (1993 and 1997), Artie returned to Toronto establishing himself as one of the busiest, full-time composer/performers in Toronto. As a leader of his own group, Artie released “Parallels” in 2005, “Currently Experiencing” in 2013, and most recently “Discern” in 2015. As well as leading his own group, Artie is also an active member of The Rich Underhill Group, The Bob Brough Quartet, Kollage and The Jazz Collective.
From beginnings recording and co-writing in the late eighties alternative music scene in Toronto, Artie debuted as a Jazz composer with the ballad “Mountain”, recorded and performed with legendary Jazz Flugelhornist Kenny Wheeler, on The Greg Runions Sextet 1994 CD release “But Not Forgotten”. Artie’s three CDs as leader, namely “Parallels” (2005) “Currently Experiencing” (2013) and “Discern” (2015) exclusively showcase his range as a composer, with eight self-penned works per recording. As the bassist for Kollage, Artie was commissioned by legendary drummer Archie Alleyne to write two Jazz trio compositions, “The Other Foot” and “The Wrong Foot”, which he recorded with Alleyne and internationally renowned pianist Robi Botos on Kollage’s 2009 CD release “The Rhythm” . Works from “Parallels” and “Currently Experiencing” have been scored and arranged for The Bob Brough Quartet, The Jazz Collective, Kollage and The Rich Underhill Group. Additionally, these arrangements have been incorporated into the post-secondary educational repetoire/curriculum of numerous student Jazz Ensembles and composition courses at York University, The University of Toronto and Humber College
As a side-person, he has been recorded on over 50 CDs including Rich Underhill’s 2003 JUNO award winning Tales from the blue lounge and 2007 JUNO nominated Kensington Suite, Sophie Milman’s JUNO nominated debut CD and Rockit 88’s 2004 JUNO nominated Too Much Fun. Artie has toured extensively, performing in theatres, festivals and jazz venues regionally, nationally and internationally. More specifically, on a national level, this touring has included dates on the east coast with The Artie Roth Quartet(2015), with jazz vocalist Melissa Stylianou, the east coast (2001), Quebec (2003) and Manitoba (2005) and with Jazz legends Curtis Fuller and Marcus Belgrave in Ontario(2005). Additionally, Artie has been on cross-Canada tours with The Sean Bray Quartet (1995), The Rez Abassi Quartet (2000) and The Rich Underhill Group (2010). Internationally, tours in the U.S.A. have included performances with The Greg Runions Sextet featuring Kenny Wheeler (1994) and The Lynne Arriale Trio (1997).
Artie’s overseas engagements have included performances with The Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band in Germany (1996), The Steve Koven Trio in Mexico (2003) and Columbia (2005), The Shuffle Demons tour of Europe and Scandinavia (2007), Kollage in Barbados (2011) and Antigua (2013), and the Richard Underhill Quintet in Mexico (2012). In 2005, Artie was nominated for a National Jazz Award in the category of Bassist of the Year, he had the honour of accompanying such jazz legends as Anita O’Day, Curtis Fuller and Marcus Belgrave. In addition to his active composer/band-leading and freelance career, Artie currently holds the position of Bass Instructor and Course director at York University where he is presently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Musical Composition.