An avid spiritual curiosity, coupled with a sympathetic embrace of other cultures and other people, has led musician Warren “Slim” Williams to work across musical genres and with a multitude of collaborators. Indeed, over the years, he has shared the stage with artists as diverse as the Neville Brothers, Joe Cocker, Oscar Peterson and Smokey Robinson. Slim’s musical career began at the age of nine, when he began to play the organ in his father’s Baptist church in North Carolina. His move to Detroit at eighteen marked the continuation of his professional career. And what a career it was: The Spinners, The Drifters and The Temptations were among the great acts he worked with. A series of unforeseen circumstances and chance encounters brought him to Quebec, initially to record an album in the Laurentians with his then band Tchukon. As keyboardist and lead vocalist with Tchukon, Slim was instrumental in the band’s success and eventual rise to international prominence after it won the Star Search TV Talent Contest in 1986. He was musical director for a number of important projects, including the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games television special Salute to the Athletes, the World Basketball Championship in Toronto and several galas at the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival. These accomplishments culminated in a Gemini award for both Oscar Peterson and Slim Williams for best original musical score for the Oscar Peterson biopic, In the Key of Oscar. More recently, he has become a driving force in the Montreal music community, collaborating with many major artists. A pioneer of music technology, he was able, at an early stage, to harness all the expressive potential and expanded creative options of new compositional tools. Slim is currently at work in the studio, where his complex rhythms, melodic bass lines and lush orchestrations come together in passionate and soulful songs. Slim describes this sound as ’sophistafunk’ – where refined, jazz-tinged arrangements meet the driving beats of funk.
TCR will be there. We’ll wear a flower in our hair.