Robi Botos & Paul Novotny
Sunday July 23, 2017 @ 1:30 pm Waterloo City Hall Stage
Sunday July 23, 2017 @ 1:30 pm
Waterloo City Hall Stage
Botos and Novotny are musicians who make their music with deeply passionate melodic improvisations. In our current, ubiquitous and diverse musical landscape, it is rare to find new jazz that has an old soul, but still sounds fresh, yet timeless.
JUNO nominated Canadian bass player Paul Novotny and current JUNO winning pianist Robi Botos, came together to record their album Look Ahead, a joyous musical collaboration between two of the most in demand jazz artists in Canada. Look Ahead, features a number of standards including “My Favorite Things” and “A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square,” as well as original tracks by both Novotny and Botos, whose composition “Budapest” pays tribute to his Hungarian birthplace. While Novotny was born in Canada, his parents are from Prague, and came to Canada in 1952, while Botos arrived in 1998. Even though their arrival dates are 46 years apart, their stories are similar in that both families were fleeing persecution from hostile regimes. Canada showed its heart to both the Novotny and Botos families.