Hailed in the Canadian press as “A jazz genius to call our own” (MacLean’s Magazine), Two-time Juno award winning David Braid has performed across Western Europe, Scandinavia, Asia, Australia, Brazil, the United States and Canada.
Combining harmonic intricacies fundamental to European classical music and the spontaneity of American jazz, Braid’s original music engages audiences with melodic lyricism and rhythmic pulses that do not conform neatly to any one musical genre. His work has been described as “refreshingly uncategorizable” (Paris Transatlantic), “wide-ranging, exploratory” (South China Morning Post), “une force poétique” (Le Soleil) and “elegant” (Ottawa Citizen).
“Braid’s tone, touch, chord voicings and imagination make him one of the most interesting new pianists I’ve encountered in a long time.” – Doug Ramsey, recipient of Jazz Journalists Association’s Lifetime achievement Award
Braid is also a recipient of SOCAN Composer of the Year, recognizing his output of over eighty works including compositions for solo piano, jazz ensembles, chamber ensembles, and symphony orchestras. He has released nine recordings, garnering six Juno nominations and two Juno awards; he is also a multi-National Jazz Award Winner and a recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts’ “JazzID Award.”
His most recent focus is on solo piano performances. In addition to his solo recording, VERGE, Braid’s solo work is profiled in Daniel Berman’s series “Solos: the Jazz Sessions” (Original Spin Media) along with pianists Brad Mehldau, Ethan Iverson and Jacky Terrason. Braid’s solo work is also recorded on CBC’s “Q”, and “The Signal.