Ian Bent: Musician-in-Residence

Through his over four­teen-year career as a pianist, com­pos­er, arranger, and pro­duc­er in Nova Sco­tia, Ian Bent has estab­lished a rep­u­ta­tion as a ver­sa­tile musi­cian who is ded­i­cat­ed to artis­tic excel­lence. Bent, who holds a Mas­ter of Music degree in piano per­for­mance from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Mon­tre­al, and a Bach­e­lor of Music degree from Dal­housie Uni­ver­si­ty, has per­formed with dozens of musi­cal projects in a wide range of styles, has toured across Cana­da and in the Unit­ed States, and has con­tributed to near­ly 20 com­mer­cial­ly-released record­ings pro­duced in the province.

A ver­sa­tile com­pos­er, Ian has writ­ten scores both for film and for the recital hall. His com­po­si­tion, “Old Moon” was nom­i­nat­ed for the 2017 East Coast Music Award for “Clas­si­cal Com­po­si­tion of the Year”. The song was com­mis­sioned by Cana­di­an sopra­no Alli­son Ange­lo and is fea­tured on her debut record­ing Moon Loves Its Light (2015), also nom­i­nat­ed for this year’s ECMA for “Clas­si­cal Record­ing of the Year”.  In 2013, Ian served as com­pos­er and music super­vi­sor for the Toron­to indie fea­ture film Unhap­py Hap­py (direct­ed by Rob Shaw; win­ner of Best Micro-Bud­get Fea­ture, Toron­to Inde­pen­dent Film Fes­ti­val and Best Cana­di­an Film, Queens World Film Fes­ti­val).

Ian Bent is also a mem­ber of the Hal­i­fax dream-pop duo Alana Yorke. Their debut album Dream Mag­ic (mixed by Arcade Fire’s engi­neer Mark Law­son) was released world­wide on Paper Bag Records in 2015, and was nom­i­nat­ed for two ECMAs and four Music Nova Sco­tia Awards. Bent served as co-pro­duc­er, arranger, mul­ti-instru­men­tal­ist, and co-writer on the album and he cur­rent­ly tours with the project. With his for­mer indie rock band, Cale­do­nia, Ian has toured across Cana­da and in the Unit­ed States, pack­ing venues in Mon­tre­al, Toron­to, Cal­gary and Van­cou­ver.

In Sep­tem­ber 2016 Ian Bent was award­ed the new­ly estab­lished posi­tion of Musi­cian-in-Res­i­dence at St. Paul’s Angli­can Church in Hal­i­fax. The res­i­den­cy was cre­at­ed with the aim of 1) enhanc­ing the vibrant musi­cal life of the church through spe­cial litur­gi­cal music, 2) fos­ter­ing the artis­tic devel­op­ment of the res­i­dent by sup­ply­ing a place to teach and com­pose, and 3) pro­mot­ing artis­tic out­reach by attract­ing new vis­i­tors to the his­toric church through a pro­gram of pub­lic musi­cal events (recitals, free noon-hour con­certs, and fea­ture con­certs).  Bent is thrilled with this new role with­in the dynam­ic and wel­com­ing com­mu­ni­ty at St. Paul’s, and is excit­ed to make the most of this oppor­tu­ni­ty.

For more infor­ma­tion on Ian, vis­it ianbent.com