Up Close Recitals and Anvil Centre are presenting a series of duo performances which will culminate in all eight musicians brought together in Return of Light on December 23 at 7pm in the theatre.


Professional musical duos comprised of an established artist and an emerging artist will create music around the theme of solstice or the “Return Of Light”. Each duo performance will showcase one of the region’s most well-respected and established creative musicians, offering them the opportunity to mentor and collaborate with an outstanding musician at the beginning of their career. The offerings will be unique, sublime, heart-full and entertaining. Return of Light will feature duo performances as well as collaborations across genres.

Duo Schedule – Free showing on Level 1:

December 19 5:45pm – 6:45pm John Reischman (mandolin) and Michael Meroniuk (guitar/mandolin)

December 20 5:45pm – 6:45pm Cassius Khan (tabla/voice) and David Hodgson (saxophone)

December 21 5:45pm – 6:45pm   Lan Tung (erhu) and Marina Hasselberg (cello)

December 22 5:45pm – 6:45pm   Jodi Proznick (bass) and Natasha D’Agostino (voice)


The Artists

Cassius Khan
Canada’s most recognizable Indian Classical musician, Khan is a performer who combines the Classical styles of Ghazal/Thumri singing and the Tabla, the North Indian pair of drums and presents them simultaneously. He has collaborated with artists from every genre: from Pop, Rock & Roll, Heavy Metal, to South American Contemporary and Classical music genres and everywhere in between.


Jodi Proznick
Juno-nominated bassist, composer, producer and educator Jodi Proznick has earned a reputation as one of Canada’s finest jazz artists.
She has won numerous National Jazz Awards, including Bassist of the Year in ’08 and ’09. Her group, the Jodi Proznick Quartet, was awarded the Acoustic Group of the Year and Album of the Year in ‘08 and the Galaxie Rising Star at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival in ‘04.


John Reischman
Bluegrass Unlimited calls John Reischman “one of the world’s undisputed masters” of the mandolin, famed for outstanding tone and taste. Many of his dozens of original instrumentals have become popular favourites for sessions and covers, such as the jam standard Saltspring. He has three critically-acclaimed solo instrumental albums and has recorded on many other projects, including the Grammy-winning True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe. John also plays Latin-based jazz and choro music with highly regarded finger-style acoustic guitarist/composer John Miller; the duo has released three superb albums.


Lan Tung
Crossing between Vancouver’s new music, improvised music and world music scenes, Lan Tung is the artistic director of Orchid Ensemble, Sound of Dragon Society, and Proliferasian. Lan has appeared as a soloist with Orchestre Metropolitain (Montreal) and Symphony Nova Scotia, and as a soloist/composer with Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Turning Point Ensemble, Upstream Ensemble (Halifax), Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra (Vancouver & Toronto), Atlas Ensemble (Amsterdam & Helsinki), and Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra (Taipei).


Natasha D’Agostino
Natasha D’Agostino is a Vancouver based vocalist, with an undergraduate degree in Jazz Voice from Capilano University. Throughout her time at Capilano University, she has participated in various ensembles, working with musicians such as Randy Brecker, David Braid, and Donny McCaslin. She has been involved in numerous collaborations with both students and faculty, allowing her to explore and develop her own music and arrangements.


Marina Hasselberg
Cellist Hasselberg’s musical career led her from her birth country of Portugal across the world to Vancouver’s eclectic music scene. Starting as a chamber musician specializing in classical music, her passions have expanded to include baroque music, new music, and interdisciplinary works that cross genre boundaries.

Marina recently received the City of Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for emerging artist in Music, and a Jessie award for outstanding artistic achievement in music ensemble work for “Onegin” (Arts Club Theatre). She was select as the Feature Artist for Pro Musica’s 2017 Sonic Boom Music Festival. Her own NOVO Ensemble was voted Vancouver Courier’s best classical music ensemble of 2016 alongside the VSO and Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble.


David Hodgson

David Hodgson is quickly cementing himself as a young and unique saxophonist in Toronto’s vibrant jazz scene. His participation in the 2017 National Youth Jazz Combo, the 2016 Berklee Jazz Workshop, the 2015 and 2016 Conn-Selmer Centre-Stage Jazz Band has enabled him to develop a rich understanding of the jazz tradition and music as a whole. He is the recipient of the 2017 Yamaha Performance and Passion Award, 2017 Fraser MacPherson Jazz Fund, and the 2016 Golden Reed Award. David is a student at the University of Toronto, where he studies with John Johnson and Nick Fraser. He is currently a member of the U of T 12tet, directed by Terry Promane, and was the second tenor in Gordon Foote’s University of Toronto Jazz Orchestra during the 2017-2018 academic year.


Michael Meroniuk

Michael Meroniuk is a session guitarist & mandolinist who grew up in small-town B.C. and is now fortunate enough to call Vancouver, home. He has worked with a variety of different artists, and has performed live all over Western Canada. He has had the opportunity to have performed live on Shaw T.V. to over 95,000 people, as well as share the stage with Grammy award winning mandolinist John Reischman. Michael has worked in the studio with producers like Howard Redekopp (Tegan &Sara) Ryan Worsley (Dear Rouge), and Chin Injeti (Eminem). Michael holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies from Capilano University.