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Blues-infused beauty Felicity Williams wowed with some of that wordless improvisation known as scat singing. Although many singers choose to use their voice as an instrument, few do so with the sensitive musicality of this budding singer-songwriter.

-Ori Dagan, January 19th 2005.
- Excalibur


"The Williams/Davidson duo really presents a fresh approach to original and standard repertoire. Vibes and voice is interesting enough as it is, but when you have a singer who uses her voice as an instrument to paint pictures in colour and phrase, and a vibes player who can really swing, you've got to pay attention! Felicity and Michael are doing something that really needs to be heard. Watch out for this duo!"

-Sundar Viswanathan, saxophonist/composer & York Faculty member - Sundar Viswanathan


"I have had the pleasure of hearing the premiere performances of several new jazz compositions by Michael Davidson. Not only are his songs creative and well crafted, each one has a story to tell."

-Barry Elmes, esteemed Canadian jazz drummer/composer - Barry Elmes


In recognition of their talents and academic achievements, York’s Faculty of Fine Arts recognized its student award winners of 2004-2005 at a Faculty reception held Nov. 7 at Winters College....In keeping with the Fine Arts creative spirit, music alumnus Michael Davidson (BFA '05) played vibraphone with vocalist and fourth-year music student Felicity Williams. Both are multi-award winners who are sure to heard about in the future.
- YLife


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Bio

Felicity Williams is a native of Toronto, whose musical personality is rooted in a variety of soils.  She has studied South Indian voice and percussion with Professor Trichy Sankaran; improvisation with Casey Sokol; hand percussion in Toronto with Muhtadi Thomas, and in Accra, Ghana; jazz voice with Sundar Viswanathan; guitar and jazz composition with Brian Katz; arranging and composing with Al Henderson, as well as jazz theory and repertoire with Mike Murley. She continues to keep it real each Sunday with a mic and a tambourine at Weston Park Baptist Church. 

Felicity is a profoundly talented musician, whose main instrument happens to be her voice. She is passionate about challenging the boundaries which traditionally circumscribe vocalists in an ensemble. She currently sings with the York Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Al Henderson, performing works by Carla Bley, Gil Evans, John LaBarbera, and others. In this ensemble, as well as in other student ensembles at York, she approaches the voice as an instrument, playing with timbre and without words in inventive ways. Williams’ powerful voice, creativity, and eloquent improvisations help to drive the ensembles in which she plays. The williams/davidson duo is exciting new ground for Felicity as a performer, an improviser, and a composer. Her innovative compositions are featured in this pared-down context, where their unique lyrical and melodic strength comes to light.

Michael Davidson is a young and exceptionally gifted vibraphonist and composer, whose creative voice will inevitably capture the imagination of Canadian audiences in the coming years. His performance credits already include the Toronto International Jazz Festival and the 91.1 Jazz FM Sound of Toronto Jazz Series, where he played with student/faculty ensembles under the direction of Barry Elmes (both performances featured his original compositions). He is a York University graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Specialized Honours Music degree. Michael has had the privilege of studying with an array of talented musicians including: John Brownell (percussion), Marc Duggan (vibraphone), Barry Elmes (drums, jazz performance, and composition), Mark Eisenman (jazz performance), Sundar Viswanathan (jazz performance), and Alan Henderson (jazz performance and composition). Although his main instrument is the vibraphone, he also frequently performs as a pianist, drummer, and classical percussionist, and has been recognized for his achievements through various awards including: Oscar Peterson Bursary (excellence in jazz performance), Oliver Lower Prize in Jazz Piano (outstanding piano performance), Dr. Peter Zaparinuk Scholarship (excellence in jazz composition and arranging).

Michael approaches improvising with passion and stunning sensitivity, as well as Monk-like wit. He is an active composer in the realm of jazz, and his inventive compositions are featured in the williams/davidson duo. Both his original material and his interpretation of standard repertoire are evocative and communicative with the intensity of someone who, while madly in love with the tradition, has something new to say.