Monday, February 26, 2024

TAP:EX VERSUS Brings Artwork And Music Collectively For A Distinctive Expertise

Clockwise (fr top left): Pianist Robi Botos; Pianist Morgan-Paige; Artist Julie Amlin; Artist Enrique Bravo (All photos courtesy of the artists)
Clockwise (fr high left): Pianist Robi Botos; Pianist Morgan-Paige; Artist Julie Amlin; Artist Enrique Bravo (All pictures courtesy of the artists)

Tapestry Opera, in partnership with OCAD U and Artwork Battle Canada, are presenting an occasion known as TAP:EX VERSUS on February 22. Music and portray will merge in a efficiency earlier than a reside viewers as an interactive act of creation.

Viewers members can even get an opportunity to personal one of many work created through the night’s battles.


JUNO award-winning jazz pianist Robi Botos and pianist/composer/interdisciplinary artist Morgan-Paige will probably be joined by visible artists Julie Amlin and Enrique Bravo.

Robi Botos

Robi Botos is understood for his versatility and virtuosity as a jazz pianist, with a method that is still his personal by way of a number of genres. Born right into a Romani household in Hungary, he started his musical schooling on the drums at a younger age, and carried out in Budapest. He turned to piano at age seven, and labored all through Hungary. At 20, he made the choice to maneuver his younger household to Canada, the place he rapidly made his mark on the nationwide jazz scene.

He positioned first within the 2004 Montreux Jazz Competition solo piano competitors. The next 12 months, he was invited to open for Oscar Peterson, and the 2 rapidly grew to become mates. Robi grew to become one among Oscar’s final mentees, as he went on to win plenty of different worldwide awards.

Robi has labored with among the legends of jazz, together with Michel Legrand and Chick Correa, and has launched a number of albums. He’s received three JUNO Awards, together with Modern Jazz Album in 2006, Jazz Album: Solo in 2016, and once more in 2019.


Morgan-Paige started taking part in piano on the age of three, and was composing music and singing when she was not a lot older. Immediately the Toronto-based queer interdisciplinary artist continues to be often known as a pianist, composer, and vocalist. She has composed a spread of works from quick movie scores to items for solo piano.

Stylistically, Morgan-Paige’s musical journey has taken her from classical to pop, gospel, R&B and even exhausting rock, and finally again to Western classical music. Her work incorporates the mix of genres and approaches, together with the music of her Bahamian roots.

She has produced albums of works that handle social points in addition to displaying a powerful stylistic and technical vary.

Enrique Bravo

Artist and architect Enrique Bravo has been a resident of Canada since 2018. Whereas working largely in acrylic and watercolour, he additionally works in combined media once in a while. He’s a veteran of reside portray occasions, and has exhibited his expressive works in galleries and at exhibits and occasions all through Ontario.

His work as an architect consists of conceptual structure and guide renderings for numerous shoppers in Venezuela and the Caribbean space.

Enrique can be identified for his drawing and illustration work in comics, political  cartoons, magazines and books, portraits and murals. He has received awards for his work as a cartoonist and comedian maker, and his work has been revealed in print and on-line in his native Venezuela.

Julie Amlin

Toronto artist Julie Amlin is understood for her summary work and large-scale murals in a number of private and non-private areas by way of the town. A author in addition to an artist, as a painter, she’s impressed by color, and the best way it could actually animate and create a playful temper.

Colors come along with motion in her vibrant works, which have a good time pleasure and awakening the inside little one. She often works in collaboration with different artists.

Human connections, and the sacred connectedness of life, are main inspirations for her work.

What’s occurring?

Artwork Battle Canada has constructed a popularity on reside occasions the place a gaggle of artists begin with a clean canvas and paint in entrance of an viewers who then votes for a winner. That’s the straightforward model. It’s a phenomenon that was created in New York Metropolis again in 2001.

Naturally, TAP:EX VERSUS provides music to the combo. The musicians and artists will construct off each other’s work because the efficiency/battles unfold.

  • At 5 p.m., pianist Morgan-Paige faces off in opposition to Julie and Enrique
  • At 7 p.m., pianist Robi takes on Julie and Enrique

It takes place February 22 at The Nice Corridor at OCAD College (Degree 2, beside the Anniversary Gallery), with restricted seating, and a catered VIP expertise out there. Data and tickets out there [HERE].

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