Following the success of his JUNO-nominated album Identity, baritone saxophonist Shirantha Beddage continues to deliver his brand of high-octane modern jazz on the new album, Momentum, featuring Will Kennedy of the Yellowjackets.
Having won numerous accolades in Canada as a performer and composer, including the Galaxie Rising Star Award at the Montreal Jazz Festival, Shirantha Beddage has firmly established himself in the Canadian jazz scene. For this new album, his compositions reflect his childhood fascination with the physical sciences, as he explores the tension between oppositional forces in music and the world around us. The music is drawn from Beddage’s most diverse range of influences thus far, including New Orleans jazz, R&B, film music and folk songs, providing a musical landscape that is accessible, varied and complex.
Born in London, England, Shirantha Beddage is a baritone saxophonist, composer and educator now based in Toronto, Canada. He has released three critically-acclaimed albums as leader: his previous CD, Identity (Addo Records, 2012) earned him a 2013 JUNO nomination, and the Galaxie Rising Star Award at the Montreal Jazz Festival. Drawing inspiration from jazz greats such as John Coltrane, Pepper Adams and Thelonious Monk, he is being hailed by critics as a fresh and powerful voice on the baritone saxophone.
Momentum will be released internationally on Friday, September 9th. The release will be celebrated by 2 performances in and around Toronto, Canada:
Sept 22 @ 8pm The Music Gallery (Toronto, ON)
Sept 25 @ 4pm The Jazz Room (Kitchener, ON)
For more information, visit www.shiranthabeddage.com
..and view Shirantha Beddage "Momentum" EPK
on YouTube https://youtu.be/SKqn5U56t7c
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