The Sicilian Jazz Project

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The Sicilian Jazz Project Short Info

Now planning dates for 2017 and beyond, The Sicilian Project with vocalist Pilar and special guest Don Byron is a group like no other. Featuring the unforgettable voice of Italy’s Pilar, and the unique compositions, arrangements, and creative virtuosity of guitarist 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 Project is like boarding a sailing ship off the coast of Sicily that somehow manages to divert to Mali, New Orleans, and Toronto, freely using long forgotten Sicilian folk music as its starting point, and exploring everything from funk, to reggae, to chamber music, to adventurous jazz. Coupled with great stories and an absolutely compelling singer, the group packs a unique emotional punch that leaves audiences riveted and moved.

Now planning dates for 2017 and beyond, The Sicilian Project with vocalist Pilar and special guest Don Byron is a group like no other. Featuring the unforgettable voice of Italy’s Pilar, and the unique compositions, arrangements, and creative virtuosity of guitarist 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 Project is like boarding a sailing ship off the coast of Sicily that somehow manages to divert to Mali, New Orleans, and Toronto, freely using long forgotten Sicilian folk music as its star...

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The Sicilian Jazz Project on Tour

  • 19 | 06 | 2017 Montreal, Quebec Italian Cultural Institute Presents

Past Gigs The Sicilian Jazz Project

  • 05 | 2017 Modica, Sicily Sicilian Tour (May 20-27)
  • 05 | 2017 Alghero (Sardinia) Jazz Workshop Alghero (May 13-20)
  • 11 | 2016 Montreal, Quebec Resonance Cafe
  • 10 | 2016 Salt Spring Island, BC Art Spring
  • 10 | 2016 Kimberley BC The Green Door
  • 10 | 2016 Calgary AB Lolita's
  • 10 | 2016 Saskatoon, SK The Bassment
  • 10 | 2016 Vancouver, BC The Cultch
  • 10 | 2016 Toronto, Ontario Koerner Hall with Pilar
  • 08 | 2016 Cleveland OH The Bop Stop
  • 06 | 2016 Erie PA Romolo Chocolates Music Series
  • 05 | 2016 Toronto ON Toronto Jazz Festival
  • 05 | 2016 Columbus OH Natalie's
  • 01 | 2016 Nelson, BC Selkirk College
  • 09 | 2015 Modica, Sicily Teatro Garibaldi
  • 07 | 2015 Ottawa ON Ottawa Chamber Music Festival
  • 07 | 2015 Hudson, Quebec Hudson Music Festival
  • 07 | 2015 Markham, ON Markham Jazz Festival
  • 06 | 2015 Toronto ON Toronto Summer Music Series
  • 06 | 2015 Nelson BC Selkirk College
  • 05 | 2015 Calgary AB National Music Centre
  • 05 | 2015 Medicine Hat, AB Jar Bar Concert Series
  • 05 | 2015 Edmonton AB Edmonton Jazz Festival
  • 05 | 2015 Vancouver BC Vancouver Jazz Festival
  • 05 | 2015 Gibsons BC Sunshine Coast Jazz Festival
  • 06 | 2014 Ottawa, Canada Ottawa Chamber Music Festival
  • 06 | 2014 Toronto, Canada The Jazz Bistro
  • 10 | 2013 Toronto, Canada Koerner Hall
  • 05 | 2013 Rochester, New York Rochester Jazz Festival
  • 05 | 2013 Erie Pennsylvania Romolo Chocolate Jazz Series
  • 05 | 2010 Catania, Sicily Castello Ursino
  • 05 | 2010 Sicily Castello Donnafugata
  • 10 | 2009 Montreal, Quebec Festival de Jazz de Montreal
  • 03 | 2009 Zacatecas, Mexico Festival Cultural Zacatecas

Discography The Sicilian Jazz Project

  • 2015 Muorica Album | Occhestral Music
  • 2008 The Sicilian Jazz Project Album | True North Records

Media

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

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)