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Michael Greilsammer

Nonprofit Band plays for greater good at House of Targ

If you were skeptical when reading my preview piece about a rock ‘n roll band sans electric guitar, you’re not alone. Although majorly intrigued, I definitely had a few reservations when learning about Nonprofit Band. Lead singer Michael Greilsammer explained that they originally planned to include the electric guitar in the album but, after the musician […]

Nonprofit Band brings reinvented rock ‘n roll to Ottawa

Allow me to introduce you to Nonprofit Band, the musical group who have reinvented rock ‘n roll music. How could they have possibly done this? Easy. There’s no electric guitar to be found in their work. Instead, they employ a violin, plugged into an amplifier, and utilize pedal effects to add different textures to the […]

Jazzfest celebrates Israeli musicians

This year, the Ottawa Jazz Festival has what can only be described as a monster of a lineup. Featuring musical legends Bobby McFerrin, Bela Fleck and Earth Wind and Fire, it is sure to start Ottawa’s festival season on a high note. But there’s much, much more to the festival than the headliners. The magic […]

Video: Michael Greilsammer at Daily Grind

[youtube][/youtube] From his show on Saturday Feb 16th. The house was packed, and Greilsammer delivered some haunting violin playing, singing in French, Hebrew and English alongside his wife Shimrit. These guys can sing. They’re leaving Ottawa on the 28th, but for now we have their talent to enjoy. Also, this video begins with an impromptu cover […]

Why hasn’t Ottawa heard of Michael Greilsammer?

[youtube][/youtube] I went into my interview with Michael Greilsammer knowing nothing. I came out in absolute confusion. First of all, why hadn’t I heard of this guy? He’s famous in Israel; he’s won that country’s version of the Oscar (called the Ophir, if I recall correctly), and he makes some pretty exceptional music (for more […]