Meet the artists of Bent River Records
Rags and Feathers: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen (2017)
Revered for her “rich, expressive voice” and hailed as “an old school jazz chanteuse with new school attitude” (GigCity.ca), Mallory Chipman is taking the jazz scene by storm with her thoughtful compositions, fearless improvisation, and unforgettable performances. Based in Edmonton, Canada, Mallory has spent years cultivating her own unique sound: one that marries the modern and the traditional; pulling from gritty rock roots and contemporary ECM sounds, while simultaneously showcasing her love of bebop and modal jazz. Highlights from her career include performing with artists such as PJ Perry, Lee Konitz, Tommy Banks, and John Stetch; touring abroad to London, Amsterdam, and Dublin; singing back-up for the legendary rock group, Heart; and playing sold out shows in jazz festivals and clubs from Edmonton to as far away as the United Kingdom. Mallory’s performance career is balanced by her faculty position at the esteemed MacEwan University where she teaches voice. Mallory is currently working on her sophomore album, Rags & Feathers: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen, which will be released on November 10, 2017 on Bent River Records.
Mallory’s debut album, Nocturnalize, was released on November 21, 2016 on Bent River Records and was celebrated by a release concert at one of Canada’s finest jazz clubs, the Yardbird Suite. The first track on Nocturnalize, called “Angular Symphony”, was awarded the Jazz Recording of the Year award at the 2017 Edmonton Music Awards. Nocturnalize was recorded and co-produced by Juno Award winning engineer, Paul Johnston, and featured some of Canada’s finest musicians such as Tommy Banks, Bob Tildesley, Brett Hansen, Chris Andrew, Jamie Cooper, Murray Wood, and John Sweenie. It is currently available for purchase and streaming on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, and select stores throughout Alberta, Canada.
Joshua Rager Nonet
Josh is a pianist, arranger, composer, and teacher based in Montreal, Canada. Throughout his 15 year career he has performed extensively in Japan, Europe and North America. In 2005 he was nominated for the Prix du Festival at the Montreal International Jazz festival. In 2007 he played at Carnegie Hall with Nikky Yanofsky appearing also on her Juno nominated debut DVD/CD, Ella…I swing of thee. In 2009 he received a commission from The European Broadcasting Union to compose a jazz suite for two pianos entitled “Menuet and Duo” which was recorded by CBC at its premiere in Montreal at Pollack Hall and broadcast internationally. His most recent CD features new original music for nonet and will be released in 2017 on the Bent River Records label. Currently, Josh is Assistant Professor in the jazz specialization at Concordia University, Montreal. Some of the names that Josh has performed and/or recorded with include: Ingrid Jensen, Walt Weiskopf, Donny McCaslin, Joe Morrello, Pat Labarbera, Kevin Dean, Rane Lee, and Dawn Tyler Watson.
& Tom Van Seters
Stillness Falls (2018)
Stillness Falls is the first collaborative project for Canadian jazz musicians Chandelle Rimmer and Tom Van Seters. Separately, they are both well versed in the Canadian jazz scene, having shared the stage with numerous distinguished musicians over the past 25 years. Both Tom and Chandelle are Faculty Members in the Department of Music at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta, where the two-year project that is Stillness Falls began. When they first started working together, they decided that they wanted to collaborate not only as performers, but also as composers. At the time, they knew that they liked to play music together but they didn’t know if they could write music together. They were delighted to discover that in many ways it was easier than writing music in isolation. Sharing in the responsibilities for a composition’s creation and development freed them up in a way that often led to wonderfully unpredictable outcomes. In the process, they discovered that their aesthetic ideals were uncannily aligned.
Mike Rud is a Juno award-winning jazz guitarist, composer and songwriter, living in Montreal. As an instrumentalist, Mike has played alongside some of the greatest musicians of the era like Peter Bernstein, Kenny Wheeler, Herb Ellis, Joey DeFrancesco, and Randy Brecker. As a composer, Mike won the 2014 Juno Award for his album Notes on Montreal, a critically acclaimed tour-de-force, featuring his lyrics, and compositions. It was inspired by the great literature set in Montreal (Michel Tremblay, Gabrielle Roy etc.) and sung by Sienna Dahlen. Mike’s 2015 solo release, Miniatures, delighted audiences across Canada, creating the effect of a small group with only his voice and his guitar. Mike has a Master’s degree from McGill, and he also studied privately in New York City with one of the fathers of jazz guitar, Jim Hall. Mike has taught at McGill, Western Washington and Carleton Universities, and speaks frequently at other music schools. He is the proud father of two daughters, Kelly and Abby.
Kent Sangster’s Obsessions Octet
Steppin’ Up (2016)
The Obsessions Octet, led by Juno Nominated saxophonist and composer Kent Sangster, has travelled throughout the world performing their blend of classical, tango, and jazz repertoire. The group’s first album, Obsession, won the WCMA for Best Jazz Recording of the Year and received a Juno nomination. Most notably, they have performed in New York City at Carnegie Hall in 2012 (which was recognized with a City of Edmonton Salute to Excellence Performance Award) and went on their first European Tour in 2014, which resulted in many outstanding reviews. With a solid reputation in the music community and a devoted fan-base, the Obsessions Octet is now one of the most popular musical ensembles in Edmonton.
Jean-Nicolas Trottier Trio – Acid Bunny
High School Fantasy (2017)
Jean-Nicolas Trottier’s Trio, Acid Bunny is a contemporary jazz trio formed in 2013 by trombone player, composer, and arranger, Jean-Nicolas Trottier, with fellow musicians Rémi-Jean Leblanc on bass and Richard Irwin on drums. Since then, the group has performed at various venues and jazz festivals including the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Off Festival de Jazz de Montréal, and the Queretaro Jazz Festival in Mexico. Their first record entitled Acid Bunny came out in September 2014 on Effendi Record. With compositional styles going from swing to rock, Trottier’s original compositions brings the audience to a universe where free improvisation and formal structures overlap, resulting in a surprising and highly inventive musical context.