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

By March 16, 2017Uncategorized
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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

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