The third episode of DontPanicTV is finally here, featuring interviews and performances from Toronto-based extreme violinist Dr. Draw and his eclectic band of collaborators: cellist Eugene Fedorichine, drummer Jeff Cote, and free-style painter Jessica Gorlicky, with a special appearance by classical violinist David Visentin.
Often referred to as the "Jimi Hendrix of the violin", Eugene Draw has opened for A-list acts like Bette Midler, shared the stage with the world-renowned Seal, and played for the Prime Minister of Singapore.
Performing in such frenetic locales energizes Draw and his band "The Academy of The Martian Arts", allowing them to “creatively interact with cultures all across the world.” The result is a constantly evolving musical style that brings together the seemingly disparate elements of classical violin, jazz-rock fusion, folk and pop into a riveting fever that feeds the soul and invigorates audiences.
Born in Moscow to a family immersed in classical music, Draw practiced his violin sometimes up to six hours a day, hardly willing to stop for breaks. When Eugene’s parents moved to Canada, he was enrolled at the prestigious Royal Conservatory of Music. Ultimately constrained by the school’s formal approach to music, Eugene left the institution in favour of the street where he was free to improvise and experiment.
Dr. Draw made indie music history in Toronto in 2007, as all three of his albums charted on the official Top 30 Nielsen Soundscan sales chart. In August of 2007, his album "Adagio" placed at #3 on Canadian charts, and #70 nationally. He’s also charted at #25 in Toronto for his 2005 album, "Train 64", and at #26 for his debut, "The City". The same triple play happened in Edmonton and Calgary as well, where he continues to have an enormous fan base.
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Produced by DON'T PANIC FILMS
in association with Sleepless In Reykjavik Productions
Directed, Shot, & Edited by Bowen Staines
Full cast & crew listing at the end of the video.