Start date: 1 June, 2017
End date: 19 November, 2017
This project will involve bringing seven Canadian big band jazz musicians/composers from across Canada to participate in three Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra concerts, an open rehearsal, a student workshop, and a student honour jazz band. 16 members of the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra will collaborate with 7 professional jazz musicians from across Canada to perform Ron Collier’s big band arrangement of Oscar Peterson’s Canadiana Suite, and premiere Suite 150 – a Portrait in Jazz, composed/arranged for this occasion. Two performances will be at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, one open rehearsal (free to the public) and one concert will be at Maples Collegiate.
The final guest list will depend on availability, but possible collaborators are: Phil Dwyer (Victoria),
Fred Stride (Vancouver), Jill Townsend (Vancouver), Michelle Gregoire (Metis composer in Calgary),
Christine Jensen (Montreal), Hilario Duran (Toronto), Dean McNeill (Saskatoon), Alexandre Côté
(Montreal); D'Arcy James Argue (Canadian in NYC), Andrew Balfour (Winnipeg aboriginal composer).
Nature of the Project Reach
It is our expectation that a cross-country collaborative work of this nature will be the subject of conversation and interest in arts communities across the country, and though it's premier performance will be in Winnipeg, MB, future performances and a planned future recording will result in the work being heard nationally.
This project will allow a unique collaboration between big band jazz musicians from across Canada and will mark Canada’s 150 anniversary with a performance of Ron Collier’s big band arrangement of Oscar Peterson’s Canadiana Suite, and a performance of a new suite (Suite 150 – a Portrait in Jazz) assembled to mark the event. A collaboration on this scale, culminating in a work by nationally recognized jazz artists will be significant. It would be the goal of the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra to record this new suite.