Adi Braun

Concert program

1. Moderne Frau
2. Surbaya Johnny
3. Nanna’s Lied
4. Buddy on the Night Shift
5. I’m A Stranger Here Myself
6. Meckie Messer/Mack the Knife
7. Leben Ohne Liebe
8. Josephine

Weimar’s ‘New Woman’: Myth and Reality in 1920s Germany by Dr. Pamela Swett

9. Du Sollst Es Leise Sagen
10. Speak Low
11. Schickelgruber
12. Neuman
13. Gestern
14. Und Was Bekam Des Soldaten Weib?
15. It Never Was You
16. Life’s a Swindle

Video Clips

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Biographical Profile

Adi Braun

Born in Toronto, Adi Braun grew up in Europe surrounded by music and musicians. Her parents were opera singers, and her father, Victor Braun, was one of Canada’s leading baritones. Her first instrument was piano, which she began studying at the age of six. With no formal voice lessons, she made her first pop/jazz recording at age 19. Following family tradition, Adi trained classically at the Royal Conservatory of Music and the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music. She began her singing career as a classical recitalist, a soloist with orchestra and on-stage in operas and operettas alongside her brother, baritone Russell Braun. In addition to her many musical roles, Adi teaches German art song at the Royal Conservatory of Music and is a German diction coach for the Canadian Opera Company.

Adi started “singing sideways” in the late ‘90s and returned to the music she loves – which she calls “cabarazz” – drawing on aspects from both cabaret and jazz. After winning a local competition in 2001, she was catapulted to centre-stage as one of Canada’s leading jazz vocalists. In 2007, Adi was nominated as Best Major Jazz Vocalist of the Year by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC).

The Band

Joseph Macerollo O.C. opened the door to acceptance of the concert accordion in Canada. A renowned performer, teacher and arts administrator, he pioneered acceptance of the concert accordion at the University of Toronto. Joseph Macerollo has performed with a large cross-section of major ensembles and orchestras in Canada and throughout the United States. He performed with Quartetto Gelato (1998-2002), performed for the Three Tenors on three occasions, recorded for Henry Mancini and with Teresa Stratas, and has been showcased in countless commissions, commercials, and television and film soundtracks. In 2009, he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Toronto Musicians’ Association. The most recent honour he was awarded Officer of the Order of Canada in 2013 and received the Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto in 2015.

Drummer, Composer, Producer and Singer Daniel Barnes was born into an artistic family in the central hub of downtown Toronto, Canada in 1965. His father Milton Barnes was a classical music composer with symphonic, chamber and choral works for concert stage and dance to his legacy. His Mother Lilly is a published author and scriptwriter for television and radio. His Brother Micah is a singer songwriter best known for his work with The Nylons.
Daniel found his calling at age 5. His education came through private studies in Toronto and attending The Banff Centre Summer Jazz Workshop in the late 1980’s. At 16 he began regular professional work with The Micah Barnes Trio who played local clubs and graduated to the concert stage opening for international touring acts. Daniel went on to perform and record with the top echelon of Canadian artists including Holly Cole, Joe Sealy, Jane Bunnett, Hilario Duran, Molly Johnson, Richard Underhill, Jake Langley, Brian Browne The Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band, Maryem Tollar, Theresa Tova, DJ Socalled, The Bourbon Tabernacle Choir, Bass is Base and many more. Throughout the 1990’s Daniel toured in Europe, The U.S., Africa and The Caribbean with Ethiopian singing star Aster Aweke (“The Aretha Franklin of Ethiopia” TIME magazine). Daniel has released two of his own jazz Cd’s; 2003’s “Culmination” and 2007’s “Classic Beauties”. They receive critical acclaim and considerable airplay on The CBC and JazzFm in Toronto. His band has appeared at The Toronto and Montreal International Jazz Festivals among others and has been broadcast in performance on TV Ontario. His Cd’s are available through major retail outlets, at and through Daniel was nominated “Drummer of the Year” at both the 2003 and 2007 National Jazz Awards while his work with others has thrice been nominated for Juno awards with a win in 1996 for Joe Sealy’s “Africville Suite”.

Bass great Pat Collins is one of Toronto’s first call jazz musicians, and is well known throughout Canada, having performed with giants of the entertainment industry including Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie, Diana Krall, Peter Appleyard, Ed Bickert, Joe Henderson, Herb Ellis, Lee Konitz, Jimmy Cobb, Rob McConnell, Moe Koffman, Oliver Jones, and many others. After appearing on over 50 albums as a sideman, Collins released his critically-acclaimed first CD titled In The Moment, featuring some of Canada’s premier jazz musicians, Mike Murley, Reg Schwager and Barry Elmes. Pat is a current member of the widely respected Canadian Jazz Quartet. A four-time National Jazz Awards nominee, Pat has also been a full-time member of the music faculty of Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario since 2005. For more information, please visit

Accomplished jazz pianist Tom King has performed throughout Canada including performances at the Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton and Montreal International Jazz Festivals. He has performed with acts such as the Pointer Sisters and Petula Clark, and is also a founding member of Toronto’s Payadora Tango Ensemble. With many years of professional work as a collaborative pianist, Tom has an extensive repertoire and is experienced accompanying all instruments and vocalists. He has also worked as an orchestral pianist for the Edmonton Symphony, has been heard in recital on CBC radio and has spent time in residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts studying with such pianists as Angela Cheng and Anton Kuerti.

Veteran musician Tony Quarrington has been a formidable and thriving presence on the Toronto music scene for more than 40 years. He first appeared at the Mariposa Folk Festival in 1966, and played at many renowned Yorkville nightclubs and coffee houses in the late ‘60s, performing ballads, blues and his own original tunes.
Quarrington’s relentless career as a sideman and studio musician has seen him appear on literally hundreds of other artists’ recordings, playing guitar, banjo, mandolin, piano and dobro, and lending his voice as a singer. He spent the ‘70s and ‘80s playing countless sessions, and eventually moved into a new role as a producer, helming dozens of widely varying projects. In 1998, he won a JUNO Award for his work on Willie P. Bennett’s masterful roots recording, Heartstrings. He not only produced, but arranged and played on this seminal album, and also wrote its title song.

Dr. Pamela Swett

Pamela Swett is Professor of History. She came to McMaster in 1999 after receiving her PhD from Brown University. Her research interests include political culture, consumer politics, everyday life and gender in Weimar and Nazi Germany.

She has received research grants from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She is the author of Selling under the Swastika: Advertising and Commercial Culture in Nazi Germany(Stanford, 2014) and Neighbors and Enemies: The Culture of Radicalism in Berlin, 1929-1933(Cambridge, 2004) and co-editor of Pleasure and Power in Nazi Germany (Palgrave, 2011) Selling Modernity: Advertising in Twentieth Century Germany (Duke, 2007).