I’m thrilled to report the Shirantha Beddage Quartet will be giving a FREE concert this week in Toronto! Join us Wednesday November 20th @ 5:30pm at the Canadian Opera Company as we perform songs from “Identity”, and some other surprises. View the Events page for more details.
I’m excited to report that on Friday, July 5, 2013 I won the Galaxie Rising Star Award at the Montreal Jazz Festival! This prize was based on a performance at the Festival by my quartet, which included Dave Restivo, Mark Kelso and Mike Downes. The award is given for the most outstanding Canadian composition amongst the groups performing in the outdoor concerts, and it is a cash bursary accompanied by airplay on Galaxie Satellite Radio in Canada. The jury selected two of my tunes, “Baker’s Dozen” and “Winds of Change”, both from my Juno-nominated new album, “Identity”. As a result, I was interviewed by Mark Ruffin (Sirius / XM Satellite Radio – USA) and Michael Bourne (WBGO – New York City) during the festival. This is an incredible honour for me; thanks to all my fans for your continued support. Stay tuned!
Summer festival season is here, and my quartet will be performing at the Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival (June 22) and the world-renowned Montreal Jazz Festival (July 2). Also, I’ll be going in to the studio with the Nancy Walker Quintet to put the finishing touches on her new album, which we began recording last summer. I also recently performed on Bruce Cassidy’s CD “My African Heart”, and on the upcoming album from the Mike Downes “In the Current” ensemble. Look for it in the fall!
I’m thrilled to announce that Identity has been nominated for Traditional Jazz Album of the Year at the 2013 Juno Awards!! I’m shocked, amazed and thrilled by the announcement. Thanks to all the fine folks involved in making this album a reality.
In a related story, in 2002, my last year as a student at Humber College, I was the recipient of an award given by CARAS (the organization that puts on the Junos). The award included scholarship money that helped me afford to buy my first flute and clarinet. The award also included free tickets to the following year’s Junos in Ottawa, including all the associated festivities. In the fall, I moved to New Jersey to begin my Master’s degree, and I flew back to Ottawa in April of 2003 for the Junos. It was a thrill to be part of the festivities as a spectator. And here we are, 10 years later… Wow.
P.S. If you’d like to purchase a physical copy of the album, please use the PayPal link on my Store page, and I will sign it and mail it to you myself!!
Also, my April 20th trio gig at the Old Mill Inn is now on May 25th! See the Events page for more info.
On Saturday, February 16th, I was honoured to be a guest on CBC’s “Fresh Air” radio program, in an interview with host Mary Ito. Here’s a link to the recording of the interview.
It’s been a busy holiday season, and I’m excited for upcoming events in February, March and April. Look for me with Christian Overton, Nancy Walker and Mike Downes’ “In the Current” ensemble (plus a CD recording with Mike’s group). Also, I’ll be at the Homesmith Bar (Toronto) with my trio in April, and I’ll be debuting some compositions on piano and baritone saxophone.
“Identity” has been turning some heads in Canada and the U.S. Check out this recent review on modernbarisax.com. Look for updates on summer performances, coming soon.
I’m thrilled to announce that my new CD “Identity” will be available for purchase in November of 2012. The official Toronto CD release concert will take place on Thursday, November 1st at Gallery 345, and will feature my quartet with Dave Restivo (piano), Mark Kelso (drums) and Mike Downes (bass). Look for more details on my Events page.
I’m back home after a great night at the Rochester Jazz Fest! Thanks to all who attended. Special thanks to festival organizers John Nugent and Marc Iacona for putting on such a great festival year after year. Watch a video/interview from the show here.
After an exciting weekend of music in Toronto and Gananoque, it’s almost time to head to Rochester New York for the Rochester International Jazz Fest. I’m exciting to be performing on Wednesday, June 27, with Toronto musicians Dave Restivo, Mike Downes and Mark Kelso. This will be my third time performing at the festival, and it’s great to be back!