Ian Bent debuts his original compositions with 8-piece jazz ensemble

For Imme­di­ate Release

Thurs­day, March 16, 2017

St. Paul’s musi­cian-in-res­i­dence Ian Bent debuts his orig­i­nal com­po­si­tions with 8-piece jazz ensem­ble at a fea­ture con­cert March 25 at his­toric St. Paul’s on the Grand Parade.

Ian Bent was recent­ly nom­i­nat­ed for an East Coast Music Award for Clas­si­cal Com­po­si­tion of the Year.

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Hal­i­fax – Ian Bent is pre­sent­ing a break­out con­cert of orig­i­nal com­po­si­tions for 8-piece jazz ensem­ble at St. Paul’s Angli­can Church Sat­ur­day, March 25 at 8:00 pm.  Ian Bent is the first musi­cian-in-res­i­dence at St. Paul’s and had this to say about the event:

I’ve been dream­ing about doing a show like this for years and the res­i­den­cy at St. Paul’s was the per­fect oppor­tu­ni­ty.  I’ve had all these songs tucked away and this seemed like a great chance to pol­ish them up and share them.  This music is fun and melod­ic, and inspired by some of my idols like Kei­th Jar­rett, Bill Frisell, Ken­ny Wheel­er, and oth­er ECM artists.  I couldn’t be more excit­ed than to be play­ing these tunes with this dream band of fan­tas­tic musi­cians.”

Known up to this point pri­mar­i­ly as a col­lab­o­ra­tor in the Hal­i­fax music scene, Ian Bent has con­tributed to near­ly twen­ty com­mer­cial­ly-released record­ings pro­duced in Nova Sco­tia and has worked with such projects as Alana YorkeAcres and AcresGabrielle Papil­lon, and Cale­do­nia.  Ian Bent was recent­ly nom­i­nat­ed for an East Coast Music Award for Clas­si­cal Com­po­si­tion of the Year for his work with the late Hal­i­fax poet Roger Field and Cana­di­an sopra­no Alli­son Ange­lo.

The con­cert will fea­ture an out­stand­ing line-up of Hal­i­fax musi­cians: Ian Bent (piano), Adam Fine (dou­ble bass), Jeff Tor­bert (gui­tars), Jor­di Com­stock (drums), Brad Reid (sopra­no and tenor sax, clar­inet), Andrew MacK­elvie (alto sax), Wayne Bak­er (trum­pet, flugel­horn), and Ryan Velt­mey­er (bass trom­bone).  In addi­tion to orig­i­nal com­po­si­tions, the pro­gram will include Ian Bent’s arrange­ments of songs by Ken­ny Wheel­erBill Frisell, and Wayne Short­er.

Ian Bent in Con­cert
Orig­i­nal Com­po­si­tions with 8-Piece Jazz Ensem­ble
+ Songs by Ken­ny Wheel­er, Wayne Short­er and more
Sat­ur­day, March 25, 8:00 pm
His­toric St. Paul’s on the Grand Parade, 1749 Argyle Street, Hal­i­fax
$20 Advance/Door
Tick­ets and info: www.ianbent.com