The next composers' workshop has been postponed.
Canadian Jazz Composers Workshop - date TBD.
11:00 am CDT - Christine Jensen and Jill Townsend "Recent WJO big band commission and their creative process"
1:00 pm CDT - Question and Answer Session & Discussion
There is no charge for this event, and we hope to keep it this way.
Donations toward this project are welcomed and will receive a tax receipt. (https://www.winnipegjazzorchestra.com/donate.html)
To register, please contact Richard Gillis at email@example.com. An email with the link to the event will be sent to you the morning of the workshop.
This session will be by Zoom and in English.
Thank you for your participation in the Canadian Jazz Composers Workshops.
We plan to hold the next composers workshop in January, 2023.
This free virtual event will feature some of Canada's top large jazz ensemble writers
Montreal-based alto and soprano saxophonist Christine Jensen is regarded as one of Canada’s most compelling composers and improvisers. She recently won the Downbeat Critic’s Poll for Rising Star Big Band, Arranger, and Soprano Saxophonist. She is also recipient of the Oscar Peterson Prize by the Montreal International Jazz Festival for her contributions to the Canadian jazz scene. Born in Sechelt and raised in Nanaimo, she has gone on to receive two Juno Awards for her jazz orchestra recordings Habitat and Treelines. Habitat received the coveted 5 stars in Downbeat, along with being included at the top of their critics polls for Jazz Album of the Year in 2014. She is on faculty at McGill University where she teaches composition and directs Jazz Orchestra 1.
A prolific composer and arranger, Jill Townsend is the leader of the critically acclaimed Jill Townsend Jazz Orchestra. JTJO has released two recordings to date earning them international recognition, and their 2015 recording Legacy, featuring the music of Ross Taggart was voted #1 in CBC’s Top Ten Outstanding CD’s of the Year. In addition, the Canadian National Jazz Awards twice nominated JTJO for Large Ensemble of the Year. Jill teaches jazz arranging and private composition at Capilano University, and is the Director of the Dues Big Band at Douglas College.