Παρασκευή, 21 Ιουνίου 2013

Sax Appeal at the Ottawa Jazz Festival today at noon!!!


 
 
Date: Fri, June 21, 2013
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: Rideau Centre

Featuring:
Christine Davies – soprano sax
Dave Renaud – alto sax
Mike Mullin – tenor sax
Jarrod Goldsmith – baritone sax

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Description

As one of the most extraordinary ensembles in the region, Sax Appeal is transforming the musical landscape in Eastern Canada with their distinctive sound, look and feel. Comprised of four of the best local saxophonists in the Ottawa Valley, Sax Appeal is in a class by itself. If you’re a sax enthusiast, then you won’t want to miss the gig with the most Sax Appeal!


Sax Appeal is a unique professional saxophone quartet whose specialty is to provide appropriate live background music to enhance the ambiance of sophisticated functions that require the finest of touches. Click here for a short introduction.

 

Our Press Kit can be found here – English / French

 

Comprised of only four saxophone players, the group plays everything from classical to jazz and everything in-between to suit whatever look and feel a client needs. Sax Appeal is the perfect backdrop to cocktail/dinner receptions, weddings, conferences, galas, diplomatic and corporate events, Festivals or holiday/Christmas parties (to name a few). A short sample of our music can be found here.

 

Background

 

I have lived in Ottawa (specifically Orleans) for close to 10 years. The concept for Sax Appeal began a little more than 2 years ago. I started the group for mainly two reasons. 1) to create and promote more live music in the region, and 2) because I was unable to get an ‘indeterminate’ (i.e., permanent) government position and finally decided to really give music my ‘best-shot’ after having been playing for close to 30 years.

 

More info on how I started the group can be found in our short documentary. Note: this doc was featured on CBC Televisions ‘Absolutely Ottawa(Episode 5)

 

Flexibility

 

As you will note from our website, YouTube channel etc, four saxophones are capable of playing any style of music. While we normally do background ambiance music, we are skilled at playing any event that needs music. For instance, we are performing at the Ottawa Jazz Festival on June 21, 2013, and are once again a key act at the 2013 Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival.


 

Some news:

 

  In the past year, we have performed at approximately 35 events including weddings, cocktail receptions, corporate events, and various other elegant functions.

Sax Appeal was again be featured on Daytime Ottawa on June 17, 2013 and will soon be posted on YouTube. (Past interview)

Sax Appeal is a member of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, Orleans Chamber of Commerce, Kanata Chamber of Commerce and Nepean Chamber of Commerce.

 Sax Appeal is a preferred vendor at many venues in the region including the Ottawa Marriott, the Holiday Inn and Suites Kanata, Gatineau Golf and Country Club and others. (Complete list)

 

Challenge

 

There are almost no full-time saxophone quartets in the world. As such, the Ottawa/Gatineau public has little knowledge that four saxophones are capable of performing as an acoustic ensemble. e.g., if someone is getting married, they would most likely consider a traditional string quartet, maybe a flutist or harp.

 

Ø  No one is going to consider a saxophone quartet because there simply are no saxophone quartets.

 

The decision to pursue music as a full-time career is difficult for anyone. The challenge for me is compounded immensely since a sax quartet is, for the most part, a rare and almost entirely unknown kind of ensemble.

 
Sax Appeal is my career, passion, and life. In effect, I am creating a niche market and in so doing, working hard to make it a viable business, says the leader of the group Jarrold Goldsmith.

 
Sax Appeal is  a new and completely different alternative to the more traditional ensembles for people wishing to make their event absolutely unique.

Sax Appeal is turning the music industry in this part of Canada on its head.

 

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