Quinn Bachand is coming to Virtual Music Camp and we couldn’t be more excited!!!! As a virtuosic multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger and bandleader, he continues to push the limits of the musical traditions he grew up with on the west coast of Canada.
By age 17, Quinn was playing over a dozen instruments, recording and producing albums with his sister Qristina, and collecting multiple nominations and awards up to, and including their release, Little Hinges. Ever the bold musical voyageur, Quinn has invested his love of swing jazz in particular with the 2013 release of his band and same-named debut CD, Brishen (Romany for “bringer of the storm”). Aptly titled, the gale force success of this debut tells the tale – resulting in noteworthy recognition for Quinn, including an unprecedented five Canadian Folk Music Award nominations, the Saga Djangofest Award, two Western Canada Music Award nominations, an “Emerging Artist” spot with the RBC Canada’s Walk of Fame, six nominations at the Vancouver Island Music Awards, not to mention a full ride, 4 year Slaight Family scholarship to Boston’s Berklee College of Music and top prize at the Independent Music Awards for Jazz Song with Vocals.
In 2014, Quinn left his hometown of Victoria, British Columbia to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston on a full scholarship where he dove deep into his musical and production studies. While on the east coast he joined forces with Grammy nominated composer/violinist Jeremy Kittel (Fleet Foxes, Turtle Island Quartet, My Morning Jacket) as a part of his new musical endeavor, Kittel & Co. with Tristan Claridge (Crooked Still), Simon Chrisman (Bee-Eaters), Nathaniel Smith (Kacey Musgraves), Ethan Jodziewics (Milk Carton Kids, Sierra Hull) and Josh Pinkham (Frank Vignola). In 2018, their record, ‘Chrysalis’, was nominated for Best Instrumental Composition alongside composers such as John Williams and Terence Blanchard.
After his 4-year stint of extensive touring and studies, Quinn graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2018 and moved to Montreal, Quebec where he currently resides and operates. He is currently delving into older jazz traditions in his brand new CD, Tunes in a Hotel, which was released in 2019. Aside from his superb technical skills on multiple instruments, Quinn has always explored and synthesized various musical genres while taking them to exciting new places. As such, Tunes in a Hotel represents the latest evolution in Quinn’s ongoing reappraisal of Celtic, bluegrass, Jazz, Euro-Jazz, and Western swing traditions – a passionately creative trajectory that continues to delight fans as it challenges critics to come up with fresh new superlatives.
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