The Sicilian Jazz Project

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Now planning dates for 2015 and beyond, The Sicilian Jazz Project with guests Pilar and Don Byron is a group like no other. Featuring the unforgettable voice of Italy’s Pilar, the inventive virtuosity of American clarinetist Don Byron, and the unique compositions and arrangements of Canada’s Michael Occhipinti, the ensemble challenges musical borders, and is utterly compelling whether performing as a small group or as a large chamber ensemble with string quartet. The Sicilian Jazz Project’s debut received stellar reviews and the new album (spring 2015) builds on a unique exploration of work songs, chamber music, improvisation, and the poetic sounds of worlds old and new. Pilar, Don Byron and the SJP are the stunning sound of brilliant musicians from different backgrounds coming together to create passionate music.

Now planning dates for 2015 and beyond, The Sicilian Jazz Project with guests Pilar and Don Byron is a group like no other. Featuring the unforgettable voice of Italy’s Pilar, the inventive virtuosity of American clarinetist Don Byron, and the unique compositions and arrangements of Canada’s Michael Occhipinti, the ensemble challenges musical borders, and is utterly compelling whether performing as a small group or as a large chamber ensemble with string quartet. The Sicilian Jazz Project’s debut received stellar reviews and the new album (spring 2015) builds on a unique exploration of work songs, chamber music, improvisation, and the po...

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Past Gigs The Sicilian Jazz Project

  • 06 | 2014 Toronto, Canada The Jazz Bistro
  • 06 | 2014 Ottawa, Canada Ottawa Chamber Music Festival
  • 10 | 2013 Toronto, Canada Koerner Hall
  • 05 | 2013 Rochester, New York Rochester Jazz Festival
  • 05 | 2013 Erie Pennsylvania Romolo Chocolate Jazz Series
  • 05 | 2010 Sicily Castello Donnafugata
  • 05 | 2010 Catania, Sicily Castello Ursino
  • 10 | 2009 Montreal, Quebec Festival de Jazz de Montreal
  • 03 | 2009 Zacatecas, Mexico Festival Cultural Zacatecas

Discography The Sicilian Jazz Project

  • 2008 The Sicilian Jazz Project Album | True North Records

Media

  • Video The Almond Sorters - Michae...
  • Video Lingua e Dialettu (Pilar an...
  • Sound Lingua E Dialettu (ending E...
  • Video Meduse - Pilar live Toronto...
  • Video Vitti 'na crozza - The Sici...
  • Video Muorica - Pilar & Don Byron...
  • Video The Soldier & The Siren - P...

Origin

  • Toronto CA

Founded

  • 2005

Members

  • Michael Occhipinti guitarist/composer/arranger
  • Pilar vocals
  • Don Byron clarinet
  • Roberto Occhipinti bass
  • Mark Kelso drums
  • Dominic Mancuso vocals
  • Louis Simao accordion (expanded ensemble only)
  • Kevin Turcotte trumpet (expanded ensemble only)
  • Ernie Tollar woodwinds (expanded ensemble only)
  • Maryem Tollar vocals (expanded ensemble only)