Blue Spirits Frontman Composes Dalhousie Bicentennial Anthem

posted by Paul St-Amand on Monday January 22

A composition by Blue Spirits trumpeter and vocalist Paul St-Amand has been chosen by Dalhousie University to mark the school’s bicentennial. St-Amand’s piece for brass quintet was selected in an open call for works from Canadian composers. The Maritime Brass Quintet will premiere the piece February 6th at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, during a ceremony launching Dalhousie’s 200th anniversary celebrations.

“I think it has the potential to be an audience favourite, year after year,” said Dr. Jerome Blais, associate professor of composition in the Fountain School of Performing Arts. “From a compositional point of view, I call this a tour de force: a work that has the ability to please the most demanding music lovers and specialists, as well as be appreciated by a very broad audience, with no prior experience with, or no particular taste for, ‘serious’ music.”

St-Amand's jazz-soul band Blue Spirits released their debut album Liquid Courage in 2017, and received a Nova Scotia Music Award nomination for Jazz Recording of the Year. He also performs with Son Latino and is a founding member of the Bedford Brass Quintet.

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