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Canadian pianist Ron Davis launches his latest album, UpfRONt, in Europe with an extended Fringe run with his octet, SymphRONica. Davis, who studied with a piano teacher who learned directly from jazz master Oscar Peterson and who could trace his musical lineage through George Gershwin and back to Beethoven, formed SymphRONica to celebrate the idea of music without borders. The group comprises a jazz quartet and a string quartet and has led to Davis being described as a "Canadian jazz visionary" by the influential All. "I wanted to play music that isn't afraid to incorporate groove, rock, world or classical influences while staying true to its jazz roots," he says. "We've proved we can do that – I hope – with the previous two SymphRONica albums, so with UpfRONt the idea was to preserve the SymphRONica sound but shine a new light on it and inject new energy into it. UpfRONt is my twelfth recording overall and as with all my records, I didn't want to repeat anything I'd done before."

Ron Davis' SymphRONica appears at the Jazz Bar, Edinburgh from Tuesday 6th to Saturday 10th August and at theSpace @ Niddry Street, Edinburgh from Monday 12th to Saturday 24th August.

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