Buckle up for a musical JoyRide with thrilling highs, spontaneous departures and unexpected turns! JoyRide is the brainchild of Colin Maier and Charles Cozens. They have performed as a duo across Canada and the United States since 2017 having played full recitals, university programs/masterclasses/seminars, fundraisers and children/seniors’ outreach. With Colin on oboe, fiddle, musical saw, guitar and vocals, and with Charles on accordion and piano, this incredibly versatile duo pushes the outer limits with fresh sounds, original compositions and arrangements. Their music encompasses many styles and their multi-instrumental abilities pushes conventional boundaries.
Colin has been touring the world with Quartetto Gelato since 2009, playing oboe and a host of other instruments. His background as a professional Cirque du Soleil acrobat came into play for his appearance as a featured fiddler/stunt performer at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics Opening Ceremonies. As a soloist he has performed in front of many orchestras across Canada including the Calgary Philharmonic, The National Ballet Orchestra and the Hamilton Philharmonic. His long list of other engagements includes musicals, recording sessions, professional theatre productions, and appearing as guest lecturer at universities across North America.
Charles has been playing accordion with Quartetto Gelato since 2018. He started his career as an accordionist, twice winning the Open Canadian Accordion Championship in the late 1960’s, and winning the Coupe Mondiale 1969 in New York City, where he placed among the top ten concert accordionists in the world. He’s gone on to work as an arranger, composer and conductor with people like Randy Bachman, Henry Mancini, Eartha Kitt, The Three Tenors, and too many more to list. He’s won countless awards, scored huge theatre productions, Broadway and TV shows, and conducted many orchestras internationally. Over the years, Charles has produced over 250 albums. He also is the Artistic Director/Conductor for The Burlington New Millennium Orchestra.
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