Piano Six – Next Generation is pleased to announce its first commission for a Canadian work.
Darren Sigesmund, hailing from Toronto, ON, has been selected to write a work for 12 hands on 2 pianos, which will be premiered at our first gala concert in Niagara Falls in May 2019. The concert will take place at the Bravo Niagara Festival and feature all six pianists on stage, sharing not only their passionate music-making, but also fun anecdotes and real-life touring experiences from Canada’s remote communities. More information about this event can be found here.
JUNO nominee Toronto-based musician Darren Sigesmund has established himself as
one of Canada’s leading jazz trombonists and composers. He has released five recordings
as bandleader featuring his compositions with his Strands and new Quintet ensembles. He
has received several awards, including a 2010 JUNO for Best Traditional Jazz Album
(Strands II), a 2010 Galaxie Rising Star award for Best Composition (“Dance for Leila”)
at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, and Best Canadian Jazz CD by the
Ottawa Citizen in 2010 and 2014. Sigesmund’s music synthesizes wildly diverse
influences from Latin, jazz and classical music into totally distinctive works. From the
drive and passion of Argentinean Tango and Brazilian song forms, the rhythmic
sophistication and fast-paced melodies of Balkan music to the lyricism and counterpoint
of the Western Classical tradition, Sigesmund distils these influences into cutting-edge
Canadian jazz. Since 2004, he has toured regularly across Asia, Europe, Australia and
Canada. His new Quintet project has released two recordings featuring New York
heavyweights Mark Feldman (violin) and Gary Versace (piano & accordion).
Diversifying beyond the jazz idiom, Sigesmund has written several classical
commissions, including an Unaccompanied Cello Suite (2015) for Rachel Mercer and
Kensington Ceilidh (2018) for the piano quartet Ensemble Made In Canada’s Mosaïque
More info about Darren Sigesmund.