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January 28, 2008

Jazz Trombonist Darren Sigesmund Tours Canada

Written by
cindy mcleod

jazz concerts, Canada


Jazz Regina Presents
Darren Sigesmund Quintet
Friday, Feb. 8
Regina Hotel, Regina

Sigesmund Releases Debut CD Strands

Toronto based trombonist and Darren Sigesmund and his all-star quintet appear at the Regina Inn on Friday, Feb. 8.

The Darren Sigesmund Quintet, formed by trombonist Sigesmond, Quinsin Nachoff (tenor saxophone), Reg Schwager (guitar), Jim Vivian (bass) and Anthony Michelli (drums) is presented by the Regina Jazz Society.

Musician and composer Darren Sigesmund is launching the release of his debut CD Strands (2008) and is touring in support of the album. Having recently returned from performing in Australia and Asia, he now takes his top-drawer quintet on tour across Canada.

Darren Sigesmund is considered a versatile and gifted trombonist who projects a warm brass sound through his imaginative compositions. Strands (2008) features a dynamic blend of Jazz, Latin and Classical influences, drawing inspiration from the likes of Wayne Shorter, Ben Monder, Astor Piazzolla and Bach. Darren creates lyrical melodies that weave through a backdrop of colourful harmonies, painting a musical landscape that shifts from pondering and introspective moods to soaring and vibrant climaxes.

Strands was most recently showcased in the 2005 Jarasum International Jazz Festival (South Korea), opening for headline acts Mike Stern and Joshua Redman. Sponsored by Canadian Foreign Affairs, the 2005 AustralAsia tour also included shows at the Canadian Embassy Theater in Tokyo, Japan Expo, and premiere jazz venues across Australia and China.

Darren has studied and performed at the internationally renowned Banff Jazz Workshop with jazz greats Dave Holland, Kenny Wheeler, Julian Priester, Richie Beirach, Dave Liebman, Steve Coleman, Don Thompson, Pat Labarbara, and Hugh Fraser. On trombone, Darren has studied with many of the great masters, including Michael Davis (New York), Ian McDougall (University of Victoria), Jerry Johnson (Stratford Festival) and Gord Sweeny (Toronto Symphony). Since attending the University of Toronto for Jazz Performance, Darren has honed his composition skills under the tutelage of Frank Falco, one of Canada’s finest instructors in composition.

for more info visit www.reginajazz.ca

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