Aubrey Logan

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Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle

March 21, 2020

Concert Time: 8:00 pm

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Alain Trudel, conductor

Whether she’s jammin’ on her trombone or breezing through a song with her nothing-held-back, multi-octave vocals, Seattle native Aubrey Logan captivates audiences. Fresh off an international tour with Postmodern Jukebox, Aubrey joins TSO’s Music Director and virtuoso trombonist Alain Trudel for an unforgettable evening of music. Performing jazz, soul, classic rock, and more, Aubrey and Alain will take you on a journey of songs you’ve heard a thousand times and turn them upside down!

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Music Director of the Toledo Symphony (USA), conductor Alain Trudel has been praised for his “immense talent as conductor, musician and performer” (La Presse). He is also Music Director of l’Orchestre Symphonique de Laval, Principal Youth and Family Conductor of the National Arts Centre Orchestra and Principal Guest conductor of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. Trudel was also the CBC Radio Orchestra conductor, taking the orchestra to new heights of artistic quality, as well as public and critical acclaim.

Trudel has conducted every major orchestra in Canada as well as orchestras in the UK, USA, Sweden, Brazil, Italy, Russia, Japan, Hong-Kong, Malaysia and Latin America. Trudel made his Opera de Montréal debut in 2009 in Mozart’s Magic Flute and conducted the live recording of their 30th anniversary gala. He has been a regular guest since and in March 2017 he conducted to great acclaim (“The entire audience was on its feet for another standing ovation, with concertgoers shouting “wow” and “bravo.” Rolling Stone Magazine, “The Wall Triumphs in Montréal.”  Le Figaro, Paris) the world premiere operatic version of “The Wall”. Trudel will also lead the american premiere at the Cincinnati Opera in July 2018.

Always committed to upcoming generations of musicians, Trudel was Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra from 2012 to 2014 and has regularly been invited to conduct the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. From 2011 to 2015 Trudel was Professor and conductor of the orchestra and opera orchestra at the University of Western and is now guess professor for orchestra and opera at the University of Ottawa.

First known to the public as “the Jascha Heifetz of the trombone” (Le monde de la musique), Alain Trudel has been a guest soloist with orchestras worldwide including Philharmonique de Radio-France, Hong-Kong Philharmonic, Austrian Radio Orchestra, Festival Musica Strasbourg (France), Klangbogen Festival (Vienna), Akiyoshidai and Hamamatsu festival (Japan). Alain is also a respected composer with performances across America and in Asia.

Alain Trudel was the first Canadian to be a Yamaha international artist, and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Virginia Parker, Charles Cros (France), Opus prize and Heinz Unger prizes. He has been named an Ambassador of Canadian Music by the Canadian Music Centre and received a Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2012.

The media refer to #1 selling artist, Aubrey Logan as “The Queen of Sass,”  and it’s easy to see why. Her concerts are a mix of excellent musicality, jaw-dropping vocals, expert trombone-playing, a breathtaking array of originals and original takes on cover songs and, well…fun! Her heart wrenching musical stories has audiences in tears just before her comedic relief has them in stitches.

The Seattle native, trained in trombone performance at Berklee College of Music, Logan soon after made her way to Los Angeles, with dreams of becoming L.A.’s “most cerebral musician with a personality”. Once there she created her own path, lining up professional work with acts as disparate as the Boston Pops, Pharrell, Josh Groban, Seth McFarlane, and Meghan Trainor, and at the same time amassing a huge online following thanks to her performances with the YouTube phenomenon PostModern Jukebox.

Her debut, Impossible, was a top 10 album on the iTunes, Billboard and Amazon charts. Her appearance on  Summer Horns II, from A to Z, as a special guest of Dave Koz and Concord Records, became the No. 1 selling Contemporary Jazz Album. Aubrey’s features on Jimmy Kimmel, The Grammy Awards, a PBS special and London Live have kept her in the public eye and millions of fans have watched her head-spinning videos on YouTube and Facebook.

Aubrey is a transplanted Angeleno, with a love for all things on the sunny side of Southern California and a sharp wit about all its pitfalls. On her second studio album, Where the Sunshine Is Expensive, Logan pays homage to her adopted hometown, as only the Queen of Sass could: with a twinkle in her eye and a newfound confidence in her mind.

Aubrey Logan has performed more than 250 shows since 2016. Written in airports around the country (and in LAX, of course), Where the Sunshine Is Expensive came together as Logan accepted that love it or hate it (but mostly love it), L.A. has her heart.

The trick to making the city work for her, she found, was brutal honesty and vulnerability in her art.  “I wrote these songs as a love letter to L.A. and I want people to see that through the darkness, the grit, the grime, there is hope,” Logan says.

Recording Where the Sunshine Is Expensive was a roll of the dice — because it was all done live at the legendary East West Studios in Hollywood with world-class musicians including guest appearances by jazz legend Dave Koz and vocalist Casey Abrams. Logan’s live studio audience included passionate fans who flew in from around the country to watch the recording.

“Understand,” the album’s lead single, is a ‘70s R&B slow jam that asks for something we all want: a bit of appreciation (and, of course, Logan playing a trombone solo).  “I wrote ‘Understand’ at a time when I was feeling particularly angry at the music industry, but I wanted to work through it in song,” Logan says with a laugh.

“L.A.,” the album’s second single, is a song that speaks for itself. It’s loaded with clichés about the city that are also truths based in Logan’s observations, eavesdropping in a coffee shop and driving down the I-5. Her stark, and hilarious honesty about the city is captured in this song’s opening lines, “I have a tan in January, I make six figures and I’m broke / Oh the smog, it ain’t so scary. And the sunset, well it sure puts on a show.”

She’s now preparing for a US Tour, a European Tour, an Australian Jazz Cruise and releasing her new album. So no need to worry….there’s no shortage of “sass” in our immediate future.

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