I would love to support your community musical project while helping to build recordings, organizations and performances that you are proud to be a part of.
I believe enjoyment in music comes from the intrinsic value of the music itself, not because it is similar to mathematics or teamwork, but because music is an essential element of the human experience. I enjoy building self-confidence and lifting others up by facilitating positive performance experiences and setting people up for success, fulfilment and efficacy.
(250) 882 7702
North Vancouver, BC
Pender Island, BC
I love to customize these for you and your group. I enjoy arranging in pop, folk, bluegrass and jazz styles for various instruments/voices.
I would love to work with you to make your project exactly the way you want it. I can easily adjust to your needs.
I enjoy working in the contemporary, classical, gospel and jazz genres.
I especially enjoy 2-3 day transformative workshops and camps or workshop series. Music immersion changes lives!
I especially enjoy accompanying community choirs. With my ears on the group and my eyes on you I can elevate your ensemble.
I can help your band members develop the skills they need to tackle the complex tunes they want to play.
I am working with the Bright Futures Band supporting BC artist, Hayley Wallis. Her newly released song, Coffee Cup recently rose to #1 on the Sirius FM charts. She is part of the Kitasoo/Xais’xais Nation, originally from Klemtu. She sings for herself, for her children and for her people and hopes to set an example that will empower the young generation of her community to pursue their dreams. Check out her new releases at hayleywallismusic.com.
Finally we are having a Choir concert this season. Our theme is Peace is the Way. We will share uplifting, bright choral music, the perfect remedy for these past two years without the chance to sing in harmony. We have fostered fierce friendships in this group over the years and it is wonderful to be back together. Sabrina Werbowski is directing the youth choir and I have the chance to accompany them as well.
Blending elements of jazz, soul, hip hop, improvisation, progressive and psychedelic rock, Sam creates colorful music that is uniquely his. He has travelled extensively and is one of the most prolific people I know, working around his day job as an astrophysicist he manages to write new music that just keeps getting better, groovier and more interesting. Check out Sam's work at samueljones.win.
Deborah Carter, Tim Charman and I play a diverse array of instantly recognizable music. From country to Rnb and everything in between, with three part harmony and a collection of instruments we have a lot of fun and there is always variety. Deb is engaging and our shows are always fun. 24strings.com
Playing solo piano or guitar and piano by myself with or without vocals, I have a comfortable repertoire of over four hundred pop tunes and jazz standards that I like to play in this way. I have also recently played in trios and duos, working with diverse music in a variety of settings from dance band to piano bar.
I enjoyed working with these musicians from Pender island. With a full rhythm section, woodwinds and some brass they are dedicated musicians of all levels, most of them multi-instrumentalists. After my moving away from Pender they continue to play. You can hear them at community events and concerts.
I continue to sub in and support Brett in a variety of contexts including his new project, Letters & Text and Bonfire Ballerina. Brett writes quirky, beautiful music and plays gypsy jazz and pop, always arranged to surprise and delight. Brett is always musical and endlessly entertaining.
I want to encourage in others a deep, intrinsic love of music, to encourage understanding between peoples and musics and to instil a love of learning and enthusiasm for holistic musicianship. I believe in learning musics in cultural contexts and in setting students and ensemble participants up for success through positive performance experiences.
Music speaks directly to the amygdala, the emotional centre of the brain, and is able to communicate more clearly in the spiritual and emotional language than words in any tongue. We have a shared human experience and unlike the other arts that are made to be looked at, music pulls us in and brings us all together for a fleeting moment which may be, just may be enough to change hearts and minds.
I have been leading and coaching music for over twenty-five years from lessons to summer camps and K-12 school settings. I hold two post-graduate degrees in music education with a major in jazz studies on guitar. I will always learn and grow my credentials and experience. My focus has been mainly on jazz guitar, piano accompaniment, band and choral ensembles. I especially enjoy local and world musics, collaborating to develop greater musical, spiritual and cultural understandings that break down walls and bring communities together.
My passion is customizing arrangements for unique ensembles. If you can't find the arrangement you are looking for I can help you. I especially enjoy arranging in jazz and contemporary idioms. I love arranging for choral and instrumental ensembles at all levels.
I enjoy supporting roles where I can use my ear to respond to you in the moment, fill in spaces and create the feel that you want. I am comfortable improvising and sight reading on piano and guitar and have a working playing knowledge of several other instruments in the strings, percussion, woodwind and brass families.
I deeply value my work with a variety of choral ensembles, auditioned and community choirs. I welcome new experiences with different groups. I enjoy the expressive qualities of the human voice, especially in gospel, jazz and contemporary arrangements.
I love hosting workshops focused on approaching improvisation on standard tunes, jazz analysis and playing lines by thinking harmonically rather than being locked into patterns. I love customizing workshop content for your band or ensemble in my Pender studio or in your choice of venue.
I can show you what you need to play the songs YOU want. Whatever your goal I can make a clear, straight path through the skills and technique you need to get there on piano, guitar or voice. I especially enjoy working with classical and contemporary piano, jazz guitar and voice in all styles.
I love accompanying choirs and small ensembles. I enjoy leading sectional practices and accompanying community choirs the most.