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Raphael Weinroth-Browne with Cello
Michael Curtis Hanna with Vocal Cords
A collaboration between a world class cello impressionist with improvisational chops way beyond the classical idioms and a vocalist rooted in the constructs of jazz, blues, Gospel and R&B performing a variety of genres. We don’t know where this is going to go but hold on to your hat.
Michael Curtis Hanna
Michael enjoys the improvisational stylings of Jazz, the freedom of the blues and the spiritual burning of Gospel. He has performed on stages across the US, Canada and Japan.
Michael currently enjoys collaborative work with world-class musicians in Ottawa and performing with Singers Roxanne Goodman, Karen Oxorn, Deborah Davis ,the London Trio Plus and Rebecca Noelle. He can be found in a host of venues performing Concerts, Stage presentations such as in the Gift of Jazz or ceremonies in Church for historic occasions.
Michael has been recorded on several digital compilations including the “Right Words to Romance” by Darold Gholdston, “Have yourself a Jazzy little Christmas” by John Dapaah, “Michael Hanna Family and friends” by Sir Roland Hanna and “Marvel-ville” by the Pete Foret Project
In addition to his performances, Michael manages Deaconbleu/Rahannamusic Publishing., developed to promote the over 300 compositions of his father; the late Pianist- Composer-arranger, Sir Roland Hanna.
Internationally renowned Canadian cellist and composer, Raphael Weinroth Browne has been celebrated for his emotive and virtuosic playing both on stage and in the studio.
Combining his classical cello training with a passion for progressive metal and Middle Eastern music, in 2013 he formed the cello/voice duo The Visit, whose otherworldly compositions earned them coveted slots at prestigious festivals such as Wave Gotik Treffen (Germany), 21C (Koerner Hall, Toronto), and the Cello Biennale Amsterdam (Netherlands).
In 2014, Raphael formed East-meets-West duo Kamancello. In 2019, they performed their own concerto ‘Convergence Suite’ as soloists with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra.
In 2016, Raphael was recruited by Norwegian progressive rock icons Leprous. His cello has since been featured prominently on their latest three albums; he has played over 150 shows with them in Europe, North America, and the Middle East.
Appearing on over 150 studio albums, including the Juno Award-winning Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light (Woods of Ypres), Raphael has also produced cello renditions of prog/metal songs that have been praised and reposted by Opeth, Steven Wilson, and Chris Adler (Lamb of God).
In 2020, Raphael’s debut solo album, Worlds Within -- a 40-minute composition created entirely on cello -- was released to critical acclaim.