Edwin Orion Brownell
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|Edwin Orion Brownell|
November 30, 1964 |
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
|Associated acts||Longbottom (1984–1989)
Inside Out (1985–1986)
Gold Nugget (1985–1986)
Straight No Chaser (1989–1990)
Black and Blue (1991–1994)
Edwin and the Bedouins (1994–present)
Blue Sky (1994)
Souled Out (1994)
Angel and the Bad Boys (1995–1998)
The Derek Martin Band (1996)
The Bobby Lee Silcott Band (1997-2000)
Edwin Orion Brownell (November 30, 1964) was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He is a neo-classical composer and concert pianist whose original music has been described as highly melodic; a strong blues influence upon a solid classical foundation.
WP:GNG Brownell began studying piano at the age of four and two years later started working through the Royal Conservatory curriculum (Canada) until his late teens, when he began playing rock and roll professionally.
From 1984–1991, Brownell was a member of the popular Ontario rock groups Longbottom, Inside Out and Straight No Chaser. After moving to Montreal in 1990 he founded Edwin and the Bedouins, and with this band toured throughout eastern Canada and North Africa, recording the albums Somebody’s Watching You (1996), Bering and Beyond (2006) and One for All (2011). Throughout this time he also played as a sideman in many of Montreal’s top local acts including Black and Blue, Angel and the Bad Boys, Crawdaddy and Souled Out.
As a bandleader, Brownell also worked nightclubs and arenas in central Canada with many top Montreal musicians including singers Angel Forrest and Bobby Lee Silcott, drummer Jerry Mercer (Mashmakhan, Triangle, April Wine), and guitarist John McGale and bassist Breen LeBoeuf (Offenbach). He has also had the honour of opening shows for Bruce Cockburn and Burton Cummings (The Guess Who).
Brownell earned his Honours in History in 1997, specializing on the Sino-American relationship from 1928–1949. He earned his Master’s Degree in History at Concordia University in 2000, with a thesis based on oral-histories of members of the R&B scene in Montreal from 1967 to 1999.
In 2003, Edwin Orion Brownell returned to his classical roots, studying performance, composition and orchestration. His first two solo-piano recordings Maimonides Pops and Music of the Dance (2005) contain a highly-acclaimed mix of originals and classical standards and these successes were followed up with his release of his all-original double album: Journey of the Spirit (2007) and another all-original CD album with an accompanying DVD documentary: Smile (2009). He followed this up with the launch of Songs of Love and Marriage in 2012. This album marked his first foray into arranging and featured Flaviu and Loredana Zanca as The Zara Strings.
Currently, Brownell is planning a release for his 6th classical album "Forever Laughter" with "The Zara Strings" in Spring 2014. He has finished orchestrating his ‘Ein Gedi Suite’ as a piano concerto and is planning to premiere this work with a full orchestra in late 2015.
2013 marked the twentieth anniversary of his group Edwin and the Bedouins  and he is planning a 2014 tour to coincide with the release of a CD/DVD of new material.
Always active in the community, Brownell has given the gift of his enduring music to numerous charitable fundraisers, and has played in many benefits for Montreal Women’s Shelter, Earth First!, Greenpeace, Concordia University (the Keith Lowther Fellowship), the Quebec Diabetes Foundation, the Montreal Children's Hospital, the Head and Hands Clinic, and the Marathon of Hope: Philippine Relief Concert.
Edwin Orion Brownell classical recordings
- Maimonides Pops (2005)
- Music of the Dance (2005)
- Journey of the Spirit (2007)
- Smile (2009)
- Songs of Love and Marriage (2012)
- Forever Laughter (2014)
- With Edwin and the Bedouins
- Somebody’s Watching You (1996)
- Bering and Beyond (2006)
- One for All (2011)
- With Angel and the Bad Boys
- Second Hand Blues (1995)
- Angel Sings Janis (1997)
- With Bobby Lee Silcott
- Voodoo (1998)
- With Wayne Dwyer
- Dwyer (2000)
- With Fred Cusinato
- BPP Radio (2013)
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