THE BEST OF ALBERTA JAZZ SERIES
Kent Sangster's Obsessions Octet
MAY 25-26, 2018
TICKETS - MEMBERS $22, GUESTS $26
DOORS 7 PM - SHOW 8 PM
Joanna Ciapka-Sangster - violin
Yue Deng - violin
Leanne Maitland - viola
Ronda Metzsies - cello
Chris Andrew - piano and keyboards
John Taylor - electric and acoustic bass
Jamie Cooper - drums
Kent Sangster - saxophones and EWI
Obsessions Octet was founded in 2005 by saxophonist Kent Sangster
and his wife Joanna Ciapka-Sangster, a classically trained
violinist, out of their long- held desire to make music together.
This group is the most innovative, ambitious, crazy and satisfying
project that they have undertaken to date.
The distinct sound of this group is an elegant blend of classical, Latin and jazz elements, performing works by Astor Piazzolla, Chucho Valdes, Cole Porter and a collection of Sangster's original compositions. The Obsessions Octet has released three notable recordings, "Obsession" (2006), a mix of jazz standards and works by tango master Astor Piazzolla and originals by Kent Sangster; "Melodia" (2010), including works by Piazzolla, Afro- Cuban influenced music by Chucho Valdes, and more original Latin-oriented works by Kent Sangster, "Steppin' Up" (2016).
"Obsession" earned a Western Canadian Music Award and a Juno nomination for "Best Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year". "Melodia" was also nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award for "Best Jazz Recording" and established this cross-over ensemble as one of the finest of its kind in North America."Steppin' Up" also received rave reviews and nominations for many different awards.
The Octet consists of two quartets: a classical string quartet and a jazz quartet (sax-piano-bass-drums). The ensemble plays chamber-jazz over a mix of material that leaves space for improvisation.
In addition to two very successful European tours, the Obsessions Octet has also performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, and represented Alberta at the 2016 XEROX Rochester International Jazz Festival in their new "Oh Canada Series".
Octet channels emotions into something more romantic. It's not
romance in a sugary, predictable style, but with a robust sound that
supports a flood of musical communication. Together since 2005 the
group combines the lineup of a typical jazz quartet
(sax-piano-bass-drums) with a classical string quartet in a lush
sound that appeals to jazz and classical fans."