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Ramona Borthwick is for me a complete artist. I have known her for several years as a web designer and my personal webmaster, but I have also been aware of her work as a musician. Recently I got a copy of her new musical adventure called ‘One of Us’ and I am extremely happy to witness Ramona’s growth as a composer and pianist, adding to this she also sings, and well. ‘One of Us’is a very nice tapestry of different musical paintings and moods.

Ramona’s compositions are really captivating as she moves along many different lines, sometimes Latin flavors, sometimes European airs, but always with her very personal touch. The choice of musicians that complete this musical endeavor could not have been better. Each one of the performers does fantastic work enhancing Ramona’s compositions. My special kudos go to Noel Borthwick (Ramona’s husband) who plays some of the most exquisite guitar I have heard in a long time, reminding me sometimes of the best work that I have heard from guitar greats (Pat Martino comes to mind). ‘One of Us’ is an album that you can listen to many times, always getting new and rewarding things from.

I really hope that this effort becomes a must listen to, for jazz lovers around the world, such as myself, a pianist and composer from México City. My most sincere congratulations to Ramona and her team for making such a great album that I am sure, will endure the passing of time and become a collector’s item in the jazz music world.

Eugenio Toussaint
Pianist, composer & Grammy nominee, México City.

Just watched a rare &  rich documentary that explores the art & science of music from every possible angle. PBS’ “The Music Instinct: Science and Song,” rambles intricately through topics such as anthropology, neurobiology, psychology, physics and more, presenting these concepts through demonstrations and recordings of musicians, including a cockatoo hip to rhythm. It was wonderful to hear scientific researchers talk about the social and emotional aspects of music and how these are decidedly meshed with science. Regardless of whether one is a musician or not, it explains why we feel a primal neccessity to experience and create music within ourselves and with others. And the black hole that sings (ok, ‘drones’ may be a better choice of a word) at a Bb pitch, 57 octaves below the middle C. Try and catch this one of a kind documentary on PBS if you can, or rent or buy the DVD – it’s totally worth it.

With NARESH FERNANDES, Timeout Mumbai Magazine, January 2007

It’s been 15 years since Jazzmates. What’s changed for you since?
Much – it’s been a great journey and continues to be. I think the two most significant changes in my life have been geographical moves across the globe, and the inevitable – getting older! I think the latter has a lot to do with changing your perspective on life and the intensity of commitment to things important in your self-development as an artist.

Around the time of the release of ‘Sound Matters’ in India (1991), we had the opportunity to move to Ottawa, Canada. It came at a time when we were trying to play jazz in an otherwise bleak environment, and although the move was a job related one for Noel, we both felt it was necessary for our own growth as musicians to place ourselves in a more creative environment. Continue reading