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ID 13695
Date April 12, 2024
Title Party Time – Musician Biographies
Url https://www.decidedlyjazz.com/blog/party-time-musician-biographies/
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Summary Carsten Rubeling – Musical Director, Keys, Trombone Carsten Rubeling is one of Canada’s most active and dynamic trombonists and composers. Originally from Rocky Mountain House Alberta, Carsten performs a wide array of styles from jazz and classical music to salsa, hip-hop and nearly everything in between. His recorded works as a leader include VOLK//PEOPLE (2019) and Headwaters (2022), both on Inner Ocean Records. After last year’s Nervous Systems, this is Carsten’s second...
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ID 13691
Date April 12, 2024
Title Party Time – Artistic Director’s Message
Url https://www.decidedlyjazz.com/blog/party-time-artistic-directors-message/
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Summary Welcome. Joy and wonder are crucial to our existence. As I and many other people have said, it is the role of the artist to make us think, to lift us up and give us a chance to escape, to say things words can’t. William Parker, a brilliant and prolific jazz artist with whom we have collaborated with a couple of times, once said to me — artists are like...
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ID 13661
Date April 10, 2024
Title Behind the Scenes with Party Time – Interview with Costume Designer Hannah Fisher
Url https://www.decidedlyjazz.com/blog/behind-the-scenes-with-party-time-interview-with-costume-designer-hannah-fisher/
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Summary Party Time Costume Designer Hannah Fisher is a Prairie designer, visual storyteller and creator whose work spans performance mediums like dance, circus, drag and theatre. Heavily influenced by nature, memoir writing, the idea of smallness, “street” and the residual grit of body and memory, her work explores the sensibilities between colour, texture and form. Hannah’s artistic voice grew from a background of visual art at Emily Carr University of Art...
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ID 13191
Date January 23, 2024
Title Behind the Scenes with Olio – Interview with Costume Designer Hannah Fisher
Url https://www.decidedlyjazz.com/blog/behind-the-scenes-with-olio-interview-with-costume-designer-hannah-fisher/
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Summary Olio Costume Designer Hannah Fisher is a Prairie designer, visual storyteller and creator whose work spans performance mediums like dance, circus, drag and theatre. Heavily influenced by nature, memoir writing, the idea of smallness, “street” and the residual grit of body and memory, her work explores the sensibilities between colour, texture and form. Hannah’s artistic voice grew from a background of visual art at Emily Carr University of Art and...
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ID 13037
Date January 15, 2024
Title Behind the Scenes with Olio – Interviews with Choreographers
Url https://www.decidedlyjazz.com/blog/behind-the-scenes-with-olio-interviews-with-choreographers/
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Summary We sat down with Olio choreographers Kaja Irwin, Sabrina Naz Comănescu, Catherine Hayward and Deanne Walsh to learn more about each of their pieces and what audiences can expect from this collection of dances and music for you to dig. Kaja Irwin Company Dancer and Show Choreographer Kaja is a Winnipeg-born dancer, choreographer, and dance educator. Deciding to pursue a career in dance after completing her B.A. in Political Science,...
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ID 13098
Date January 9, 2024
Title Olio – Musician Biographies
Url https://www.decidedlyjazz.com/blog/olio-musician-biographies/
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Summary Jonathan McCaslin – Musical Director, Composer, Drums Recognized as one of Western Canada’s leading jazz drummers and educators, Jon brings excitement, his passion for the jazz tradition and its future to the stage and to the classroom. Raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, and a graduate of McGill University he has also attended the Banff Centre as a resident artist. In 2012 he released his sophomore album Sunalta on the Cellar Live...
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ID 13089
Date January 9, 2024
Title Olio – Artistic Director’s Message
Url https://www.decidedlyjazz.com/blog/olio-artistic-directors-message/
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Summary Welcome! DJD is an interesting mix of firsts and traditions. As jazz artists, we celebrate the history and traditions of the form, and we are constantly innovating, which is also a jazz tradition. We are creation based, which means a lot of firsts, Olio is no exception. First, a little history: In 1993 Vicki Adams Willis, DJD’s founding Artistic Director and now Founder in Residence, began the tradition of the...
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ID 12936
Date November 30, 2023
Title Learn More About Olio with Kimberley Cooper
Url https://www.decidedlyjazz.com/blog/learn-more-about-olio-with-kimberley-cooper/
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Summary For the past few months, we have working on a new show called Olio. Olio has more than one meaning. It can be a stew or a collection of things, it means oil in Italian, oleo was a kind of margarine and the name of a tune by Sonny Rollins. In vaudeville, olio referred to a short number performed in front of an oilcloth curtain while the set was being...
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ID 11831
Date August 13, 2023
Title Artistic Director’s Message From the Road – Family of Jazz Tour #2
Url https://www.decidedlyjazz.com/blog/artistic-directors-message-from-the-road-family-of-jazz-tour-2/
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Summary It wasn’t supposed to go by this fast… It’s our last day of tour, two and a half hours until our last show at the magical, legendary Jacob’s Pillow. We have been here since August 7; we have done 4 shows and a dress rehearsal since August 9. We opened on the iconic Henry J. Leir stage on the 9th, had to move inside to the Perles Studio on the...
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ID 11769
Date August 3, 2023
Title Artistic Director’s Message From the Road – Family of Jazz Tour
Url https://www.decidedlyjazz.com/blog/artistic-directors-message-from-the-road-family-of-jazz-tour/
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Summary It’s already Thursday, August 3! What a wild week it has been so far. It was only last Wednesday (July 26) the band joined us for two days of rehearsal before we hit the road on Saturday (July 29) for our 2023 Family of Jazz summer tour. We flew to Montréal and bussed straight away to Saint-Sauveur – about an hour away. A sweet little Québec town deeply engaged in...
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