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Taking inspiration from the innovation of Tom Thomson’s artistry, six veteran and celebrated Canadian musicians - Kathryn Briggs, John Geggie, Lisa Moody, Laura Nerenberg, Margaret Tobolowska, and Terry Tufts - have joined to create The Algonquin Ensemble. The Sextet performs original music based on several of Thomson’s canvases and sketches. Themes such as seasons and storms will be interpreted through this new music. A few select compositions will revolve around singular works.

The members of the Sonic Palette project come from diverse musical backgrounds and share a love of venturing beyond the bounds of conventional musical genres, preferring to mix them into new colours to create original works of art. The music for this project will be predominantly instrumental - a fusion of folk, jazz and classical genres, written for the principal trio (guitar, piano, and double bass) accompanied by viola, violin, and cello.


Piano & Composition

A highly regarded performer and music teacher, Kathryn has dedicated her life to music. In her youth she studied classical piano conducting and accompanying children’s and youth choirs in the Ottawa area.

Her private teaching studio has been flourishing for over 30 years. As a child, Kathryn was classically trained but has developed beyond, finding her own unique style of composition - a combination of classical, jazz and folk influences. In 2000, she released a solo CD of original compositions for piano entitled “Small Awakenings” produced by Ian Tamblyn.

Kathryn arranged and was pianist for the CD "Carols For a Christmas Eve", by Juno-award-winning singer-songwriter David Francey. She participated in a compilation project “Artists for the Algonquin” (in the company of Bruce Cockburn, Daniel Lanois and others) and has accompanied many artists in performance, including David Francey, Kelli Trottier and Laura Smith. She has composed for, arranged and recorded two CDs with K.E.W.T (acronym for Kathryn Elizabeth & William Terence) which is a compositional duo accompanied by bassist John Geggie.


Double Bass & Composition

John’s musical background is extraordinarily eclectic. From orchestral, to jazz, to improvised music, his experience is diverse. In the past, John had the opportunity study with the well-known bassist and solo artist Gary Peacock whose credits include work with Bill Evans, Albert Ayler and Keith Jarrett.

John is active in the Ottawa-Hull region as a free-lance double bass player and teacher. In addition to his work in the award -winning jazz quartet 'Chelsea Bridge' and the Juno-nominated world beat group 'The Angstones', he is much in-demand for recordings and concerts/broadcasts on both the CBC and Radio-Canada.

John also maintains a busy schedule with an on-going series of concerts and engagements with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and the 13 Strings Chamber Orchestra. In Addition to his performing activities,

John presently teaches at Queen's University, Carleton University and The University of Ottawa.



Lisa is a versatile musician who performs primarily in the classical field but also enjoys collaboration with singer songwriters and early music specialists.

She has held positions with both the Vancouver and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestras and has performed in numerous summer festivals and small ensembles including the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival.

In 2009, Lisa released a CD of Canadian Works for Viola and Piano with Pianist, Dina Michelson Namer, available for purchase on the Canadian Music Centre website.



A native of Montreal, Laura began violin studies at the age of three. She obtained a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Ottawa and a Master of Music degree from the Hartt School in Connecticut. Laura was the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra's Principal Second Violin from 2006 to 2011.

Prior to holding that post, she was the orchestra's Assistant Concertmaster for six years. Always inspired to push musical boundaries, Laura has delved into the musical worlds of jazz and improvisation as well as Baroque performance with the Ottawa Baroque Consort. She is also first violin/soloist with the groundbreaking Ottawa Jazz Orchestra.

Laura performs frequently as part of Thirteen Strings and is a founding member of Gatineau, Quebec's Prism Ensemble. In addition to performing all over the National Capital region,



Margaret Maria is a dynamic, versatile, and multi-faceted artist. Born in Toronto, Margaret Maria began playing the cello at the age of twelve and was admitted to the University of Toronto when she was sixteen. Margaret received her Bachelor of Music in Performance in 1992 and continued, on full scholarship at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

She was also the recipient of three consecutive Canada Council Grants for study abroad. Following her graduation from the Curtis Institute of Music in 1994 with an Artist Diploma, she immediately won a position with the Vancouver Symphony, and was a member of the National Arts Centre Orchestra from 1999-2011.

She is currently scoring music for film and is a member of the Screen Composers Guild of Canada and teaching with the National Capital Suzuki School in Ottawa.


Hybrid Guitar & Composition

Terry began his career as a working musician upon graduating high school and has since been active as a solo artist and an accompanist (Laura Smith, David Francey, Jessie Winchester, Valdy, Colleen Peterson, Susan Aglukark, Dario Domingues, Tom Paxton), session guitarist/ and singer, writer (two-time recipient of Ontario Council of Folk Festivals SONGS FROM THE HEART Award), and performer.

He has 6 solo albums to his credit plus two albums with his musical/life partner Kathryn Briggs and John Geggie as K.E.W.T. and has contributed music and session work to over 20 compilation projects.

Terry has been obsessed with the fretted string since the age of 5.



THE SONIC PALETTE PROJECT will be performed featuring a thoroughly unique, custom instrument designed and built by the internationally renowned luthier, Linda Manzer. Intended to capture the essence of Thomson's artistic spirit in the early 20th century in appearance and sound, this multi-faceted instrument will incorporate similar tones of the zither, autoharp, even Thomson's own 10-string mandolin, all part of the musical vernacular of the time.

Linda started her career in the mid 70' apprenticing under Jean Claude Larivee and later with James D'Aquisto. She has built guitars for Bruce Cockburn, Gordon Lightfoot, Pat Metheny, Paul Simon, Carlos Santana, Liona Boyd, Milton Naceimento, Larry Campbell, and many others.

Her work has been displayed in the Smithsonian Museum, Washington DC, the Chinery Collection, the Boston Museum Of Fine Arts, and the Tria Gallery New York. She is know for her innovative contributions to the guitar world, including her creations of the 42 string “Pikasso”, the 52 string “Medusa”, the “Manzer wedge”, the“Sitar-Guitar", the “Acoustic Baritone”, and now THE SONIC PALETTE.

July 9th, 2017
10365 Islington Avenue
Kleinburg, Ontario

Above Poster Photo by Chris Anstead

Above Poster Photo by Michael Neelin