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Northern Cadence International Jazz Series

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The National Arts Centre Orchestra presents Northern Cadence International Jazz Series : three mini jazz concerts from three schools in three different countries!

The Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland, the Manhattan School of Music in New York, USA, and McGill University’s Schulich School of Music in Montreal, Canada, have prepared 30-minute concerts featuring their faculty and students performing original and standard repertoire together. 

Caity Gyorgy Quintet with Christine Jensen


I Feel Foolish, Caity Gyorgy
Cover Up, Caity Gyorgy
Labyrinthe, Arnaud Castonguay
There By The Door, Caity Gyorgy
Ideal, Caity Gyorgy

Question Period (20 minutes) 

The Schulich School of Music of McGill University

The Schulich School of Music of McGill University's renowned Jazz Area has adapted to the needs of the students during this school year by teaching, rehearsing, and playing together remotely. The extensive curriculum in jazz studies, which includes Jazz Theory and Harmony, Keyboard, History, Performance Practice, Improvisation, Composition and Arranging has continued uninterrupted.

With twenty student combos and counting, Schulich also has two award-winning jazz orchestras, two rhythm-section ensembles, a jazz choir, and a chamber jazz orchestra. Performing challenging new repertoire that embraces Canadian composers, traditional and contemporary jazz masterworks, and music written and arranged by Schulich students presents many opportunities for discovery and collaboration throughout their studies.

Caity Gyorgy Quintet

The Caity Gyorgy Quintet is an exciting ensemble that plays original jazz music that is tight, crisp, energized and always swinging. At Schulich, the combo is under the direction Christine Jensen, who joins them on alto saxophone for this exceptional performance. The group prides itself on being deeply rooted in the jazz tradition while also maintaining a forward-thinking approach to the modern progression of the music. Regular members Jacob Do and Max Zhang are unable to share today’s live performance, as they’re studying remotely from Western Canada. Arnaud Castonguay will fill out the ensemble and share one of his compositions alongside Caity’s original program.

Join us in these casual jazz encounters where three schools collide and learn from each other. Audience participation is encouraged! Ask your questions in the chat during the live session. Pre-registration for this event is required.

On March 27, the three 30-minute concerts will be featured as a 90-minute concert, presented by the NAC and live streamed from our website.

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    Vocals Caity Gyorgy
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    Alto Saxophone Christine Jensen
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    Tenor Saxophone Arnaud Castonguay
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    Piano Ilhan Saferali
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    Bass Ben Boardman
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    Drums Jacob Wutzke
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