An innovator stylistically, combining diverse genres and influences into a beautiful, creative, and appetizing feast of sounds Erez Sussman is a classical guitarist, composer, performer, and recording artist in many styles. He is a recipient of the Royal Conservatory's National Gold Medal as well as the Toronto Guitar Society's President's Award.
In 2011, Erez released his first solo album of original work, The Mighty Cedar . The recording was released to a full house in Toronto, with the CD selling out its second pressing. He continues to perform around Southern Ontario, across Canada, and overseas – at popular Toronto venues, countless weddings, art galleries, and private functions, and also at community events. Live concerts frequently include his band, replete with upright bass and expanded rhythm section, percussionists, and vocals. The music highlights the artist's varied influences from Latin America, Europe, West Africa, the Middle East, and North America. He entertains audiences with original material, classical guitar repertoire, dance music, and his own arrangements of classic works to suit any venue. In July 2015, Erez recorded a series of videos on the West Coast showcasing his music and the beautiful scenery that inspired many of his compositions, and in Fall 2016 completed a FACTOR-funded recording project with his band. He is a multi-instrumentalist and artist in several disciplines as well as a Certified Arborist (ISA) and martial artist.
Erez received his Level 10 Certificate from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto with First Class Honours and has pursued music formally and informally with numerous teachers. He studied at York University and is currently completing a Master's degree in Music at the University of Toronto.
I've dedicated this website to my artistic pursuits so that you can enjoy the fruits of my labours. Music being my weapon of choice, you can find recordings and video by clicking on the tabs. You can also find some my visual art; drawings, album art, and concert posters. At the end of August I play an annual show in Toronto - click on shows to find out when I'm playing next, or send me an email and I'll try to respond as soon as possible and can add you to the mailing list.
Music is humanity's universal language connecting the past, the present, the future - the eternal. The guitar is my main instrument. Made of wood, it resonates with the sound of nature. The album, The Mighty Cedar, takes its name from my first name Erez, translating from Hebrew to mean the Cedar of Lebanon. With this I pay respect to the tree; the recycler of breathable air, the roots that hold together the earth, the wood that makes up the guitar, and of course the countless other uses and benefits that Cedars, and all trees, provide for humanity and the Earth's ecosystem.
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