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Mark Segger

“One of Canada’s most noteworthy emerging voices in jazz and creative music,” (Dennis Slater - FFWD Weekly) Mark Segger leads and composes for his own ensembles, performs as a solo artist, works with other artists' projects as a side person, and participates in adhoc improvisations. His primary artistic focus as a composer and bandleader is the Mark Segger Sextet - which has performed across Canada, released the CD The Beginning in 2011, and has a second recording scheduled for release in 2015. Mark curates the label 18th Note Records, which he started to showcase Canadian creative music - current releases include his own as well as the Kyle Brenders Quartet recording "Offset".

Mark performs often with the Kyle Brenders Quartet, the Parker Abbott Trio, Tova Kardonne’s “The Thing Is,” 2013 Juno nominee Fern Lindzon, co-leads the improvising duo Segger vs Segger, plays solo drum concerts, and performs in improvised situations involving an array of musicians that have included local (Toronto) artists John Oswald and Paul Dutton, American improvisers such as New York's Taylor Ho Bynum and Mark Feldman, as well as those on the European scene such as Dutch pianist Nora Mulder and London improv icon Barry Guy.

Mark’s artistic endeavors have been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Recently moved back to Edmonton from Toronto, Mark is a graduate of MacEwan, St. FX (Bmus) in Antigonish Nova Scotia, studied with Terry Clarke at the University of Toronto (Mmus), attended the Vancouver Creative Music Institute in 2008, the Banff International Jazz Workshop in 2009, and the School for Improvised Music in Brooklyn in 2010.


Roger Admiral

Canadian pianist Roger Admiral performs solo and chamber music repertoire spanning the 18th through the 21st century. Known for his dedication to contemporary music, Roger has commissioned and premiered many new compositions. He also performs as part of Kovalis Duo with Montreal percussionist Philip Hornsey.

Winner of the Canadian Music Competition and the Sir Ernest MacMillan Memorial Award, Roger studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto), University of Western Ontario, and the University of Alberta (where he graduated with a Doctor of Music degree.) His main teachers were Virginia Blaha, Peter Smith, Arthur Rowe, and Helmut Brauss.

Recent performances include recitals with baritone Nathan Berg at Lincoln Center (New York City), contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux at Symphony Under the Sky (Edmonton), violinist Ilya Kaler at Convocation Hall (Edmonton), violinist Guillaume Tardif at Carnegie Hall (New York City), the complete piano works of Iannis Xenakis for Vancouver New Music, and Gyorgy Ligeti's Piano Concerto with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra conducted by Tania Miller. He also coaches contemporary chamber music at the University of Alberta..


Charles Stolte

Described by Classical Music magazine as a musician of “dazzling commitment and versatility,” Charles Stolte enjoys a career as a saxophonist and composer that takes him throughout the world. Reviews in the Chicago Tribune laud him as a “talented performer with glossy technique and bluesy charm,” and he enjoys frequent support from the Canadian provincial and national governments for his composition projects and performance tours. CBC radio has broadcast his performances and compositions nationally and he and his music enjoy performances across North America and in Europe. He can be heard on a variety of recordings as a saxophone soloist, in the Stolte/Segger Duo with pianist Joachim Segger, as alto saxophonist with the Edmonton Saxophone Quartet and as a former member of Ensemble Mujirushi, Edmonton’s “New Music Supergroup” (Edmonton Journal).

Dr. Stolte is Associate Professor of Saxophone, Music Theory and Composition at the King’s University College in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and Instructor of Saxophone at Grant Macewan Alberta College Conservatory of Music. He has served on the faculties of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Roosevelt University and the University of Alberta and his teachers include William H. Street, M. William Karlins, Malcolm Forsyth and Howard Bashaw. He holds a Doctor of Music degree in Saxophone Performance from Northwestern University, where he was the first Canadian accepted to the doctoral program in saxophone performance with renowned saxophonist Frederick L. Hemke

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