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Hi my friends … It’s been a long time since we last spoke but I have some great news to share with you. Before we proceed … If you want to have news from my rock band Edwin & the Bedouins, please go here: http://edbedweb.com/news.html, and for links to my author website see: http://orionedwin.wix.com/brownellauthor. Now the classical news …

WHAT’S ABOUT TO HAPPEN: Keep your eyes peeled for notices of benefit concerts I will be playing at this summer!!! I’ll be raising money for St. Margaret’s Day Centre as well as for the Shield of Athena Women’s Shelter. Besides this, on the first two Saturdays in August I will be performing with Canadian rock legends Jerry Mercer, Gary Moffat and Kelly Watling in my group Edwin & the Bedouins. Posters will be up for these shows so get ready for some great camping and music!!!

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING: My 11th CD “Songs for Canada” was launched at the at the Harold Greenspon Auditorium in the Eleanor London CSL Public Library on April 27, 2017. At the solo piano concert I performed 4 of the 6 new pieces of the “Songs for Canada” piano sonata and presented an audio-visual tour of the Ein Gedi Kibbutz with photos taken by renowned Haaretz photographer Noam Moskowitz while I played the “Ein Gedi Suite.” Videos from the concert can be seen here, and cuts and outtakes from the recording sessions can be seen and heard here.

My last concert at Loyola Chapel in Montréal on Saturday October 22nd 2016 was a resounding success. This concert launched my 10th album “The Inside Track” and featured a sextet version of The Zara Strings. We recorded my 11th album at this concert as well, and I will be launching this in the summer of 2017. A few clips of studio recordings from “The Inside Track” are here, and film of the show will be available here.

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In the midsummer of last year I was honoured to perform at a Sheldon Kagan fundraiser for the Cummings Centre at the Rialto Theatre. My solo set went wonderfully and you can see videos from that production here.

My 9th album, “Forever Laughter" was premiered at Place des Arts in Montreal in the spring of 2014. This launch of a live “greatest hits” CD, featured a quintet version of The Zara Strings (Flaviu and Loredana Zanca with special guests), and songs from the warm-up to this concert were recorded for my latest release. Video excerpts from the show can be seen here.

The previous year, my 6th album “SMILE” was released in Ottawa at the National Arts Centre on Friday December 6th. The first set introduced a new piece from my “Canada Suite,” followed by selections from the CD. The second set featured stellar performances by Flaviu and Loredana Zanca of The Zara Strings, and the music included reworked versions of the “Tangier Suite” and “The Hummingbird Waltz” from my 2005 release “Music of the Dance” as well as a newly arranged version of “Gypsy Dance” from “SMILE.” We closed the show with a selection of Christmas carols, sung beautifully by my backup singers Sharon Blauer and Levy Lumabao. The concert was a resounding success, and the highlight was getting to play for my late beloved girlfriend Olive (101 year old at the time)!!! A clip from a TV spot advertising the concert can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reVREEU2ffs, and a slideshow from this concert can be seen Slideshow:.

WHAT I AM LOOKING FOR: I am still looking for a classical orchestra to work on the Ein Gedi Suite for my 13th album. Any takers (1)?

WHAT I AM WORKING ON: I have now finished writing my first book “Operation Hannibal.” This history treatise is based around my mother’s experience in the German evacuation of Prussia in 1945, and will be the first English examination of this campaign; the largest sea-evacuation in history. The Website is here: http://orionedwin.wix.com/brownellauthor, and I am looking for a publisher … Any takers (2)?

THANKS TO: The two people keeping me going through all of this are my wife Nechama and my mom MeeMee! You are the very best of everyone, and I love you both so much for being there for me. My step-daughters Shiri and Michal are constant inspirations, as are their husbands Ian and Noam and my SUPER-DUPER grandchildren AidenWaiden, Ofiroonie and Amitski!!!! My pal Bob Malvasio is responsible for my webpages and the graphics on all my albums, Peter Bowering and Mario Iannacci worked on the recording and mixing of the upcoming release, and my friend Ryan Moray is back in the mastering chair (for the fourth time) … I am so proud of everything they have done! Thanks are also due to my good buddies Flaviu and Loredana Zanca (the core of The Zara Strings), Chris Leon (who did most of the audio on my previous albums) and Jillian Deevy (who takes care of the merchandising at all my concerts). I have the BEST team!

SO FINALLY: See you at some of the concerts at Retirement Homes I play at in Montreal and Ottawa. My rock group Edwin & the Bedouins is booked at a Hemmingford Campground on August 5th, 2017. Stephen Rudinsky, Stuart Patterson, and members of April Wine Gary Moffet and Jerry Mercer will join me along with a special guest for a wonderful and VERY fun evening of great music and classic rock. Info about the campground can be found here: http://www.campingcannedebois.com/index.php?lang=en. Make your reservations now so we can rock out this August!!!! Enjoy your visit at the online store here: to buy tickets for this event as well as hard copies and downloads of all my releases, enjoy my music, enjoy the coming holiday season and ENJOY life!!!


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