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UNSUNG is an interview series that gives acclaim to artists who exemplify the attributes of dedication, determination and mastery. 'UNSUNG' also serves as a platform for civic and national dialogue regarding the challenges humanity faces within the complex framework of an uncertain global paradigm.
UNSUNG SIII EpVIII JOSHUA SOROCHAN: 'HOT ONES' FIERY DESCENT INTO ARTISTS PHSYCO-SOCIAL EXIGENCIES
www.nightcastleproductions.com Intro Music: Artist: Brent Saklofske - Song: 1971 - Album: Four Outro Music: Artist:Jeff Beck- Song:The Golden Road- Album:There and Back UMMM... THIS IS JOSHUA SOROCHAN'S BIO: Joshua Sorochan is a self-proclaimed pretentious wanker and son to an unwitting mother and father. He lived and worked in the People's Republic of China from 2011 to 2022, during which, he imparted his pretentiousness on the unsuspecting youth-in-Asia by way of teaching English. His former students are probably into coffee, post-rock, and discussing the complexities of Kerouac's beat-era poetic stylings or something. He is currently in the M.A. TESOL program at University of Birmingham. THE END.
UNSUNG SIII EpVII SAL MATTINSON, BEYOND THE VIEL: THE MUSIC, THE VISION, THE SOUL This IS! Christmas
www.nightcastleproductions.com Intro/Outro Music: Artist: Brent Saklofske - Song: 1971 - Album: Four SAL MATTINSON BIO: Growing up in the Calgary area, Sal embodies the ethics of hard work, determination and passion. Coupled with a true, unmitigated love and respect for his brothers and sisters in the music community, Sal has become a recognized and respected musician within this civic arena. While solidly holding down the position of Bass Player, Sal is also pursuing his mastery of the Cello, Electric/Acoustic Guitar and drums. Never defaulting from the position of perpetual student, Sal continues growing in the knowledge, understanding and practical application of these artistic disciplines. Whether it's playing festivals, starting new, innovative projects or, supporting others in their pursuits for excellence, Sal maintains a benevolent heart towards his musical peers and dogged determination for both self and artistic mastery.
UNSUNG S III Ep VI KODI HUTCHINSON: THE MUCH ANTICIPATED CONVERSATION, CHRONOLOGIES & CHRONOGRAPHS
www.nightcastleproductions.com Intro/Outro Music: Artist: Brent Saklofske - Song: 1971 - Album: Four KODI HUTCHINSON BIO: One of the most active musicians in Western Canada, double bassist Kodi Hutchinson is a man who wears many hats. As well as running his own musical group the Hutchinson Andrew Trio,CKUA radio show "A Time For Jazz", and record label Chronograph Records, Kodi is a sought after sideman on both double bass and electric bass Described by those who know him as creative, introspective and just a happy-go-lucky guy, Kodi started his career in jazz while attending the University of Calgary. He received his Bachelor's degree in Commerce in 1995, but followed his true passion and jumped into play music full-time shortly thereafter. since those early beginnings, Kodi has established himself as on of the top call bassists in Alberta. He has worked with artists such as P.J. Perry, Lee Konitz, Oliver Jones, Julian Priester, Walt Weiskopf, Karl Schwonik, Dave Restivo, Owen Howard, Hugh Fraser, Paul Tobey, Ingrid Jensen, Denny Christianson, Ross Taggert, Mike Murley, Marc Antoine, Nick Colionne, Beat Kaestli, Bill Anschell, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Theatre Calgary and Decidedly Jazz Danceworks. Kodi's wide range of musical tastes have allowed him to tour throughout North America and Europe with such groups such as Karl Schwonik, Clanterra, Destino, Johanna Silanpaa as well as Sillian & Young. The Hutchinson Andrew Trio won the prestigious 2013 TD Grand Jazz Award at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, and all four of their albums, 'Hollow Trees' (2017), 'Prairie Modern' (2013), 'Music Box' (2008) and 'Lost but not Forgotten' (2006) were nominated for the Western Canadian Music Award for Outstanding Jazz Recording. His boutique jazz record label, Chronograph Records, was nominated for independent Record Label of the Year in 2009, 2011 & 2013 and one of their artists won a JUNO in 2019 - a testament to his hard work and passion for promoting Western Canadian artists. Kodi is a true artist that finds musical inspiration in the simple things - and he channels this inspiration into his work with the Hutchinson Andrew Trio and all his musical endeavours.
UNSUNG S III Ep V DAVE LAKE: THE DUALISTIC DEBATE + THE MAN, THE MUSICIAN & THE MOTIVATION
www.nightcastleproductions.com Intro/Outro Music: Artist: Brent Saklofske - Song: 1971 - Album: Four DAVE LAKE BIO: For 25 years, Dave Lake has pursued the drums, lending his talents to numerous creative outlets of diverse scope and scale. Inspired by drummers from all walks of life, from rock legends to church colleagues and many in between, he has pursued his instrument with zeal and passion. Rooted in an appreciation of many genres of music, including jazz, rock, and R&B, from an early age Dave approached the drums as an equal contributor to the musical expression – more than just a noisy timekeeper, and never the star of the show. Dave became inspired to play the same way that so many young kids are – from the church pew. From a young age, he would stare at the big drum kits in awe of the people playing them, longing to be up there, but as a teenager his attention moved to other interests – sitting in the back of the church on Sunday morning, laughing and giggling with friends and being generally disruptive. When the local youth pastor saw he needed direction in his life, he suggested taking up the drums, and a passion was born. Moving to Calgary as a teenager, Dave continued honing his craft in the local church scene playing with hundreds of players over the years, from seasonal productions, special events and conferences, and many many Sunday mornings. As his time there came to an end, he began looking for other pursuits. After a chance meeting with Angela Wrigley in 2016, the two quickly formed an deep and easy friendship rooted in a shared love of music. Although while Dave has spent his years playing more a more folk and rock and roll style, Angela introduced him to a whole “new” genre – jazz! Together with Angela’s long-time friend Derek Stoll, the three formed the Angela Wrigley Trio, comprised of Dave on drums, Angela on piano and vocals, and Derek on bass guitar. Never one to rest on his laurels, Dave has continued to pursue his craft and expand his horizons, learning from Calgary legend Garry DeBoek and New York powerhouse Sanah Kadoura. Dave and Derek lend their own creative influences to Angela’s compositions and arrangements, reveling in their differences and finding shared interests; their dedication to the music creating the sound that they currently have today, a beautiful mix of jazz, soul, R&B, and rock, uniquely their own.
UNSUNG S III Ep IV FREDERICK TAMAGI: THE 3 PROJECT, BEING KOI and VERACITY VS. VETTING
www.nightcastleproductions.com Intro/Outro Music: Artist: Brent Saklofske - Song: 1971 - Album: Four Intro Music to Stefano Valdo Segment: Artist - The Moving Instant - Song: Rare Jewel - Album: The Moving Instant FREDERICK TAMAGI BIO: Frederick Tamagi is a songwriter, entrepreneur, speaker, and arts community builder. He is a co-founder and former owner of Koi, one of Calgary’s foremost arts and music communities, and is the co-founder and Inner Community Leader for The Indie YYC, a growing social media platform “dedicated to inspiring local artists in pursuit of independent creativity, independent thought, independent life.” Frederick is passionate about encouraging and providing opportunities for independent creatives of all artistic genres, and he conceived The 3 Project as an innovative showcase opportunity for these outstanding community artists.
UNSUNG S III Ep III DOUG WONG: SUNDAES, SOUNDS & SOCRATES - THE WHOLISTIC VIEW OF A TRUE PIONEER
FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT: www.nightcastleproductions.com Intro/Outro Music: Artist: Brent Saklofske, Album: Four, Song: 1971 DOUG WONG'S BIOGRAPHY: Canadian songwriter, promoter, manager, producer, and record company executive from Calgary, Alberta. In 1975 joined Sound West Recording Studios and its label Westmount Records as head of PR, publishing and A&R. Co-founder of studio Sundae Sound in 1981. In 1988 he sold his interest in the studio and joined Canada Disc & Tape Inc. as VP Sales & Marketing. Left Canada Disc at end of 2009. CEO of Digital Video Masters from 2000 to 2010. Owner of Doug Wong Music. Retired from the music industry in 2010.
UNSUNG S III Ep II CINDY McLEOD: THE TRIALS, THE TRUTHS, THE BELIEFS... THE BLUES
www.nightcastleproductions.com Intro/Outro Music: Artist - Brent Saklofske, Song - 1971, Album - Four Cindy McLeod Biography Cindy McLeod has been performing as a jazz vocalist for over 40 years in Canada and around the globe. McLeod has performed and/or recorded with Canadian jazz notables Tommy Banks, Miles Black, Rick Kilburn, Bob Erlendson, Linton Garner, Brian Buchanan, John Hyde, Sandro Dominelli, Bob Stroup, Kent Sangster, Tom Doran, Bob Tildesley and P.J. Perry, as well as international artists such as Keith Copeland (Frankfurt), Stephen O'Connor (US, Mexico), Steve York (UK, Mexico), Quyen Van Minh (Vietnam), Victor Mestas (Venezuela) and Roberto Aymes (Mexico City), to name a few. She has released three full length CDs, Easy Living, Ask Me Now and Conversation With Love. A talented lyricist, Cindy has composed lyrics for jazz instrumentals penned by the masters and in collaborations with composers from Canada, Mexico and Venezuela. Cindy's writing credits include her Canadian Jazz Elements blog, as contributor to internet-based jazz sources Jazz Review, ejazznews, Jazz News and the Maple Blues newsletter. She also writes copy for radio, print and other advertising and promotional items. The prestigious Canadian Music Institute of the University of Toronto published Cindy's article featuring Canadian trumpeter Maynard Ferguson. A founder of the Calgary Blues Music Association (CBMA) as well as the Calgary International Blues Festival and the Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest, Cindy acts as Producer and Artistic Director for the organization and has been instrumental in creating what has become one of the largest blues music festivals in Western Canada. Cindy brings a host of skills to the not for profit organization. In 2019, Cindy was invited by the Consulate General of Canada in Atlanta, GA, to sit as part of a panel of 4 industry experts during the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. During 2020-21, Cindy created one of the largest digital libraries of the blues. The Calgary Bluesfest channel is quickly gaining popularity for viewers and from musicians, for every time a video is viewed, artists are paid (and a great deal more than a fraction of a penny!). Cindy produces major concerts in Calgary for world-class jazz vocalists, including presentations with Sheila Jordan, Gino Sitson, and Jay Clayton; and contracts her services to other presenters, among them: Afrikadey! (General Manager 2003-04); Calgary Wordfest (Stage Manager 1997-2014); BBQ on the Bow, Production and Event Manager 2006-15), and Heritage Park (Emcee, Voice Over Artist 2005-present). Cindy's voice-over work in the studio can be heard on several advertisements , and live for Alberta Showcase, Heritage Park and more, and she's an emcee for multiple events and shows. As a publicist, Cindy has been contracted by numerous artists and by organizations such as Alliance Francaise, Universal Records, and the Canadian Music Centre, Prairie Region. With a strong commitment to the arts and the future of the industry, Cindy invests in emerging and established artists through artist development, and is a regarded voice clinician (workshops, clinics, private). A recognized leader in Canadian music, Cindy has been asked to sit on multiple juries for the Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMA), Eastern Canadian Music Awards (ECMA), PEI Awards, JUNO, Harvard, FACTOR, the International Blues Challenge/Edmonton (2012), and the Mayor's Arts Awards (2014-16), and has sat on various Boards including Calgary Blues Music Association (2005-12), Jazz Is Society of Alberta (2010-11), JazzYYC (2011-13), the Alberta Music Industry Association (2012-2014), PAL Calgary (2020 - present) and the Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta (2015 to 2021). Cindy received the 2019 Industry Person of the Year Award for Calgary's YYC Music Awards, and in 2021, the prestigious Maple Blues award, Blues Booster of the Year. Cindy is the host of The Blues Witness radio program, which can be heard weekly on Wednesday evenings from 6-7:00pm at CJSW Radio 90.9FM in Calgary, and online at www.cjsw.com or at www.bluesandrootsradio.com.
UNSUNG S III Ep I JONI DELAURIER & TROY KOKOL: THE TRONI CHRONICLES - PUTTING HEART INTO ART
VISIT WWW.NIGHTCASTLEPRODUCTIONS.COM ABOUT JONI & TROY: After a decade of writing songs for country artists (250+ songs over the last decade) with and for artists like Shane Yellowbird, Brett Kissel, Tenille Townes, The Higgins, Mike Plume, and others, this talented duo stands on a solid foundation of well-crafted songs backed up by a soul-warming blend of familial harmonies. Delaurier and Kokol met at a songwriting event in Calgary, Alberta. “I heard him perform and I wondered who the hottie singing that song was,” laughs Delaurier. “Something about tall, dark, handsome, and talented sticks with you.” For his part, Kokol says, “I heard her song and was like, that girl will write a hit song one day.” It turned out to be true, sooner rather than later. Eventually, the two started dating and together took their first trip to Nashville. Soon after, they wrote Shane Yellowbird’s hit song “Pickup Truck”, which was listed as the #6 all-time song on Canadian country radio by Billboard and spent twelve weeks in the top 10 on BDS. This earned the pair nominations for Canadian Country Music Song and Songwriters of the Year and opened many doors to collaborations with some of the best writers and artists on both sides of the border. As recording artists, both have released solo records with Kokol earning himself solo nods for Male Artist of the Year at the Indigenous Music Awards in 2018. Forming a duo is an evolution from the songwriting rounds they have played over the years, where they would sing harmonies on each other’s songs and records, and the million times they were told, “you should start a band”. “Our partnership works the same in life as it does in music - we just really like one another’s style, and genuinely like to be together,” says Delaurier. “There are so many songs we’ve written over the years that we love, that didn’t find their way onto a record. We can’t wait to share them,” says Kokol. WWW.SCARLETTBUTLER.COM
UNSUNG S. II Ep.XII SHERRY KENNEDY: THE CHANTEUSES' COLLOQUIUM, A LIFE WORTH LIVING
FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT: WWW.NIGHTCASTLEPRODUCTIONS.COM Intro/Outro music: Brent Saklofske Album: Four, Song:1971 www.brentsakmusic.com SHERRY'S BIO: Sherry Kennedy is a Canadian singer, songwriter, recording artist, performer, producer, actor, vocal coach, visual artist, and mentor. Sherry is an internationally acclaimed artist, who has been entertaining audiences for most of her life. Moving audiences with her energetic and mesmerizing performances, Sherry is a highly polished artist who’s been described as “sparkling” and “dynamic”, her voice “rich and beautiful” is said to “leave you breathless.” Adding to her mystique as a performer is her chameleon-like ability to change colour and direction with ease whether delivering a tender ballad, raunchy show tune or swinging’ a Big Band gem. One of Sherry’s greatest joys is sharing her knowledge of singing and performance with up and coming singers as well a those who just want to have some fun singing with friends and family. She is a sought after vocal coach and clinician. Sherry has a unique way of helping people achieve what they are aspiring to do, with encouragement and great coaching techniques. “It is all about the Music!” One of her favorite quotes, she states that everything she does is musically inspired. Thus the trademark LET THE MUSIC PAINT!™ Sherry Kennedy has often been referred to as Synesthetic. Her Art is case and point. It is uncensored and just exactly what the music calls for. On Canvas and now available on Fabric. Sherry's newest adventure is her online channel SING TV. It's channel where you can learn lots about singing and get in some great workshops. These videos are on demand and can be received anywhere in the world. Have a visit and as Sherry says..."contact me with your questions regarding singing, I am happy to send you an answer back!"
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