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A440 eh? 

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      A440 is our pitch standard. Nerveless, pitch variations remain around the globe.

     Here is a short expose on past and current pitch variations. 


      There is a Chickering piano I tune regularly  that has embossed on the plate, "International Standard Pitch A435" That is 20 cents lower then A440;  A pitch established in Paris in 1880. Montreal Symphony officially uses A442 , 8 cents sharper then 440.  At the turn of the century the Steinway factory would deliver pianos at your choice of "soft pitch" or "hard pitch" , being a440 and A452(48cents sharper) respectively. A452 was the official British Military band pitch.  I own a C melody saxophone from 1917 with tuning fork symbol and the words "low pitch" stamped on the back. "Low pitch" is A440.  Thus far I have discussed a 70 cent range, nearly a full semitone.  
      It is worth taking note of current variations.  I have seen musicians get into trouble. I recall a show I was tuning for at Maison de Culture in Gatineau.  A first show of a tour. They were using some tracks with recorded string players and some orchestral instruments.  Apparently they had the trax produced somewhere In Europe, and they were at A444. They did not realize the significance of this until their first sound check with a piano at A440, 16 cents lower.  
    This reality has implications for our understanding of "perfect pitch".  With historical variations of over a semitone, it appears not to be absolute, but simply an extraordinary memory for whatever one has been exposed to over time.  
      In conclusion, here is a brief overview of some historically significant pitch references.  
      Take note that at A400 , one hz variation to A441 is 4 cents. There are 100 cents in a semitone. This is an approximation for Hz graphed against cents it in fact an exponential curve.  
Never less if you consider that a full semitone is approximately A 415 to 440 you will appreciate the variations below fully.  

c. 1715 A= 419.9, England. Crude tenor fork, possibly made by John Shore, the inventor of the tuning fork. 
1751 A=422.5, London. Handel's tuning fork. The box which contains the fork bears the inscription: "This pitchfork was the property of the Immortal Handel and left by him at the Foundling Hospital, when the Messiah was performed in 1751." 
1780 A= 421.3, Vienna. Tuning fork of the Saxon organ builder Schulz who lived in Vienna during Mozart's lifetime. 
c.1820 A=433, London. "Pitch approved by Sir George Smart, conductor of the Philharmonic 
1829 A=425.5, Paris. Pitch of the piano at the opera 
1839 A=448, Hamburg. Opera pitch. 
1859 A=456.1, Vienna. Sharp Vienna pitch from a fork in the possession of the Streicher Piano Co. The Viennese orchestral pitch as used before the introduction of the French Diapason Normal. 
1878 A= 436, London. Standard pitch of church organs taken from Metzler's tuning fork 
1880 A=444.9, London. Her majesty's opera. From a tuning fork of the theatre as measured by Hipkins 
1880 A=446.2, London. Tuning fork used by John Broadwood and Co for in house tunings but not for public concerts.

Upcoming events

Previous events

Celebrating the Great Artie Shaw

Syncspace.live

Woodwind virtuoso David Renaud returns to lead another exciting program and this time he’s celebrating the music of the great Artie Shaw. For this show, Dave has put together an incredible program that will include Shaw’s Concert for Clarinet as well as Interlude in Bb which was never officially recorded by Shaw. Don’t miss this fantastic programme.

For this performance, Dave will perform from Gatineau and he will be joined by:

Mark Ferguson, piano, performing from Ottawa Michael Herring, double bass, performing from Toronto Anthony Michelli, drums, performing from Toronto

Prime Time

Syncspace

Musical themes from a dozen of the most popular television shows at the close of the last millennium, arranged by composer Terry Vosbein for a unique jazz octet. You’ll love hearing these catchy themes from yesteryear with a fresh new take. Featuring an all-star ensemble of musicians from the Ottawa Jazz Orchestra performing live across the Internet from various locations in the Ottawa and Gatineau regions:

Mark Ferguson, trombone Sandy Gordon, alto saxophone, flute David Renaud, tenor saxophone flute Laura Nerenberg, violin Mike Manny, piano Justin Duhaime, guitar Tom Denison, double bass and electric bass Lucas Denison, drums

Clarinet Vibes - Celebrating Benny Goodman and Lionel Hampton

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For this show, multi-instrumentalists David Renaud and Scott Latham have teamed up, with Dave on clarinet and Scott on vibes. They’ll be joined by the first-class rhythm section of pianist Mark Ferguson, bassist John Geggie, and drummer Lucas Denison. Together, they’ll celebrate the music and artistry of Benny Goodman and Lionel Hampton. Each musician will perform from a different location across the Ottawa-Gatineau region. Expect a swingin’ good time from this quintet of very fine musicians.

The Canadian Trad Collective

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The Canadian Trad Collective is a new six-piece group bringing together some of Canada’s leading proponents of early jazz, performing together live across the Internet between cities. The collective will be appearing regularly on syncspace on the last Sunday of each month and will occasionally be joined by guests. This month, we’ll have David Renaud, Mark Ferguson, Nathan Hiltz, Keith Hartshorn-Walton, Lucas Denison, and special guest violin virtuoso Lenny Solomon, performing from Toronto.

The Canadian Trad Collective

syncspace.live

The Canadian Trad Collective is a new six-piece group bringing together some of Canada’s leading proponents of early jazz, performing together live across the Internet between cities. The collective will be appearing regularly on syncspace on the last Sunday of each month and will occasionally be joined by guests. The regular members are:

Ottawa woodwind virtuoso David Renaud (playing clarinet with this group) Toronto multi-instrumentalist Drew Jurecka (playing violin with this group) Ottawa pianist and trombonist Mark Ferguson (playing trombone with this group) Toronto guitarist Nathan Hiltz Ottawa low-end specialist Keith Hartshorn-Walton (playing tuba with this group) Ottawa drummer Lucas Denison

Join us for a spirited, fun-filled set of trad jazz to go with Sunday brunch, afternoon tea, or evening cocktails, wherever you may be.

$16

Aug4

Chamber Music Festival

Dominion Chalmers - jens-lindemann-stewart-goodyear-with-the-ottawa-jazz-orchestra/, Ottawa

Brassfire Big Band! Standards and hot new arrangements of the music of Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson, Tommy Dorsey, and more. This program also includes the Canadian premiere of George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” for piano and jazz band.

Jens Lindemanntrumpet Stewart Goodyearpiano Robi Botospiano Mike Downesdouble bass Ernesto Cervinidrums Mike Tremblayalto saxophone Zakari Frantzalto saxophone Petr Cancuratenor saxophone David Renaudbaritone saxophone Frédéric Pacitrumpet Rick Rangnotrumpet Mark Fergusontrombone Paul Adjeleiantrombone Colin Murraybass trombone George Gershwin (1898-1937) | Rhapsody in Blue

Jens Lindemann and Stewart Goodyear will be presented by livestream and is part of your Festival Livestream Pass. Single tickets for livestream and limited in-person opportunities (as allowed by local COVID-19 regulations) will be available in July.

Jul27

David Renaud

Live Broadcast - Musicians Performance Trust Fund

Join us for a Free broadcast over the Musicians Performance Trist Funds New York Server. Robin Petre, Doug Brierly, and David Renaud bring you a one-hour concert live from Gigspace with sound technician Mike Mullin.

David Renaud

syncspace.live -

The Canadian Trad Collective is a new six-piece group bringing together some of Canada’s leading proponents of early jazz, performing together live across the Internet between cities. The collective will be appearing regularly on syncspace on the last Sunday of each month. The regular members are:

Ottawa woodwind virtuoso David Renaud (playing clarinet with this group) Toronto multi-instrumentalist Drew Jurecka (playing violin with this group) Ottawa pianist and trombonist Mark Ferguson (playing trombone with this group) Toronto guitarist Nathan Hiltz Ottawa low-end specialist Keith Hartshorn-Walton (playing tuba with this group) Ottawa drummer Lucas Denison For this July performance, the collective will appear as a quartet with David Renaud, Mark Ferguson, Keith Hartshorn-Walton, and Lucas Denison.

Join us for a spirited, fun-filled afternoon set of trad jazz.

$14 Listen Live, and have access afterwards to stream the show anytime you wish.

David Renaud

syncspace.live - connecting musicians live intercity over 500km apart Toronto-Ottawa-Hamilton

Named for the three cities from which the band will perform across, this quartet of outstanding musicians will meet up to perform together for the first time. Join woodwind virtuoso David Renaud from Ottawa, pianist Adrean Farrugia from Hamilton, and bassist Michael Herring, and drummer Anthony Michelli, both performing from Toronto, as they share some of their original music and the stories behind their selections. The miracle of modern technology makes it possible to bring these stellar performers together for a real-time performance between three cities across the Internet.

$16 Listen Live, and have access afterwards to stream the show anytime you wish.

Gypsy Jazz - David Renaud - Justin Duhaime

Online

Gypsy Muse is Justin Duhaime’s jazz manouche project inspired by the legacy of legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt, the music is driven by swinging and grooving rhythm guitar which functions as a vehicle for improvisation. They combine an eclectic mix of high energy swing, latin grooves, virtuosic fast tempo tunes and luscious ballads. Find them at the confluence of the old and the new.

$20

Songs-of-Sweet-Fire

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Vocalist Diane Nalini celebrates William Shakespeare’s birthday with a live performance of songs from her album Songs of Sweet Fire in which she set the Bard’s words to her original jazz, bossa, folk, and blues music. Diane will be joined by David Renaud (woodwinds), John Geggie (double bass), and Lucas Denison (drums).

David Renaud & Keith Walton

Studio

One hour concert followed by links to a half hour masterclass for woodwinds by Dave Renaud , and a masterclass for Brass by Keith Walton

David Renaud

syncspace.live, Ottawa

This Friday, 7:30 pm celebrate Mari Gras with Dr. Keith Walton, Mark Ferguson, Justin Duhaime, and myself. Live from 4 remote locations in sync through Syncspace.live. It’s a big deal to be performing live once again with musicians. Check out the many concerts and bands at Syncspace.live. You can support the cause by sharing this video, sharing the concert link, tell your friends and neighbors, buy a ticket, you can even gift a ticket by assigning a friends email address to the ticket in the checkout box. Hope to see you Friday.

$9

Dec31

NYE Livestream by SyncSpace and the Ottawa Jazz Orchestra

https://syncspace.live/show/new-years-eve-2020-live-jazz/

Live jazz in Sync broadcast from 6 locations. New technology setup and customized srvers allow for super low ping and delay over the internet,... Free live jazz concert from some of Ottawas finest jazz musicians.