Concerts @ChezMonik

“Secret Admirer”

solo show with songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Zoe Guigueno on Saturday, May 8, at 9pm Pacific Time

Catch her interview on YouTube here

All donations are in support of The Victoria Jazz Orchestra, $20 suggested donation

On Saturday, May 8 at 9pm songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Zoe Guigueno will be joining us for a solo livestream performance @ChezMonik of songs from her 2020 album Secret Admirer

“…illuminating… deeply personal and exposed narratives”                   

– Nick Teehan, music critic NOW Magazine, Toronto

Raised in the Gulf Islands on water taxis and the Rise Up Singing, Zoe got a taste for jazz as a teenager when an old-timer gave her his cassette collection. Majoring in upright bass, she earned a degree in jazz performance from Toronto’s Humber College in 2009. After years hammering out the Canadian festival circuit with a folk-rock band (Fish & Bird) in an old Japanese van running on waste vegetable oil, she moved to New York City in 2013. She has toured internationally with such groups as Grammy-nominated bluegrass band Della Mae, klezmer supergroup Michael Winograd and the Honorable Mentshn, and the avant-pop string quartet Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards.

In 2016 Zoe began working with Brooklyn producer Alec Spiegelman (Cuddle Magic, Ana Egge, Anaïs Mitchell), releasing an EP in 2018 called Five Songs. In 2020 she released the album Secret Admirer and has recently moved back to BC and is working on her next album.

“Stuck In A Pandemic With You”

with saxophonist Rowan Farintosh

broadcast time TBA… … … !

All donations are in support of the Victoria Jazz Orchestra

We are pleased to announce that Rowan will be joining us @ChezMonik along with Miles Fuller on drums and Phil Albert on bass for a pre-taped concert which will be broadcast on Zoom at a later date. The music featured will be a crossover of styles ranging from Cool Jazz to Contemporary with some original material and a nod to some of our saxophone heroes such as Mark Turner, Josh Redman, Ornette Coleman and Lee Konitz. Stay tuned for further announcements!

Rowan has spent the last two years in Toronto studying at Humber College working on a bachelor’s degree in music performance. During this time he was taught privately by some of Canada’s greatest saxophonists including Alex Dean, Johnny Griffith, Ryan Oliver, and Monik Nordine. Rowan is also a recipient of The Victoria Jazz Society’s Lou Williamson Scholarship Award. He has been leading his own groups and composing for the past 2 years and we are delighted to have him @ChezMonik. Rowan can be heard on The Covid19 Blues here:






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An evening with Astrid Lyre

Catch Astrid’s interview on YouTube where she talks about life, music and her influences

For those of you who missed the show it is available for viewing on our YouTube channel here:

All donations are in support of The Victoria Jazz Orchestra. The Victoria Jazz Orchestra will hopefully be back on stage in 2022 with a special concert and recording project and we will need to raise funds to pay for the recording. Please support us by donating to Concerts@ChezMonik

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