Adrean Farrugia

Jazz Pianist/Composer Adrean Farrugia is one of Canada’s most distinct voices on the piano. Fusing such diverse influences as Keith Jarrett, Paul Bley, Herbie Hancock, Phineas Newborn Jr., Hank Jones, Geri Allen, and Brad Mehldau he has forged a personal sound which generates dynamic sensitivity, hard-driving swing, and a powerful creative statement.

In 1992 Adrean enrolled in the Mohawk College Applied music program studying with Mark Eisenman, Dave McMurdo, Mike Malone, Christopher Hunt, and Brian Dickinson. In 1996 Adrean continued his Education at the University of Toronto Jazz Performance program studying with Gary Williamson, Kevin Turcotte, and Phil Nimmons. Also in 1996, Adrean attended the Banff Centre for the Arts’ Summer Jazz Workshop where he studied and performed with Don Thompson, Hugh Fraser, Kenny Wheeler, Pat Labarbera, and Norma Winstone. Adrean has also received private instruction from Cedar Walton, Geoff Keezer, Benny Green, Joanne Brackeen, and British pianist John Taylor.

Adrean is currently pianist for such diverse projects as the Matt Dusk Band, The Bob Brough Quartet (featuring Artie Roth and Terry Clarke),  Ravi Naimpally’s  Tasa’, The Ernesto Cervini Quartet (featuring saxophonist Mike Murley), the Brandi Disterheft Quartet, and the Darcy Hepner Big Band.

Adrean has performed in every major city in Canada and the United States . He has been on cross Canada tours with The Jefferson-Grant Quintet and the Juno award winning Richard Underhill Quintet. He has also performed in New York City, Chicago, Philidelphia, Louisville, Washington D.C. and Dallas Texas with the Matt Dusk Band.

Adrean has also performed at clubs in Paris, France as a member of the Chris Jennings Trio, in Montreaux Switzerland with the Hamilton All Star Jazz Band, and in Tokyo Japan at the world famous Blue Note Jazz Club where legendary pianist Hank Jones was in attendance and said “He can really play!”

Adrean’s debut recording as a leader Adrean Farrugia v1.0: Live at the Senator was released in the summer of 2006 on Barry Romberg’s ROMHOG RECORDS label.  It features compositions by Adrean Farrugia, Wayne Shorter and Joni Mitchell. This  album has been played numerous times on Toronto’s JazzFM and the CBC and has led to appearances on JazzFM’s ‘Joe Sealy’s Duets’ as well as a feature article in Performance Magazine by jazz journalist Geoff Chapman.

Adrean won a Juno award for best traditional jazz recording in 2008 as a participant on Brandi Disterheft’s indie release “Debut”.

Adrean is currently on the faculty of York University and Mohawk College of Arts and Technology where he teaches jazz piano and improvisation. He has also done workshops/clinics at the University of Toronto, The University of Western Ontario, and The Banff Centre for the arts. In 2008, Adrean has forged a new project entitled RICOCHET  featuring as well as himself on piano, three of Canadian jazz’s most creative and distinct artists; Kevin Turcotte on trumpet, Andrew Downing on bass and drummer Anthony Michelli. The band will release a recording in 2008 which also features vocalist Sophia Perlman, trombonist William Carn and renowned Indian tabla master Ravi Naimpally.