Selkirk Pro-Musica Concert Series presents the Mike Fahie Quartet

Selkirk Pro-Musica Concert Series presents the Mike Fahie Quartet

The Selkirk Pro-Musica Concert Series is proud to present its feature concert for the 2016-2017 season, the Mike Fahie Quartet.  It is a family affair as trombonist Mike Fahie travels from New York City to join his brother, local bassist Rob Fahie along with two other outstanding Kootenay musicians, Doug Stephenson, guitar and Tony Ferraro, drums.

The show goes Friday (February 24) at 7:30 p.m. in the Shambhala Music & Performance Hall (10th and Elwyn). Tickets, $15 are available at Otter Books and at the door.

Originally from Ottawa, Mike Fahie has been living in New York City for over 15 years, composing and performing with his own original projects, the Mike Fahie Jazz Orchestra and the Mike Fahie Quintet. He is currently working on his second solo album with legendary trumpet player John McNeil. Mike is also an in-demand sideman, playing with many highly recognized groups.

He is the lead trombonist of Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, a three-time Grammy nominated ensemble as well as the principal trombonist of the Gramercy Brass Orchestra of New York and a member of the Gramercy Brass Quintet.

He is also an educator, teaching at the United Nations International School for over 10 years and appearing across the US as a trombone and composition clinician. Mike was the first ever Canadian Fulbright Scholar in jazz and was a finalist in the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Trombone Competition.

Fahie joins with some of the Kootenays’ finest musicians to perform some fascinating repertoire. This genre-bending concert will feature new jazz quartet adaptations of works by Bach, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Puccini, among others.

“I grew up listening to classical music at home, both on recordings and on the CBC,” he says.

“I was also exposed to a great deal of live classical music in Ottawa… I have a deep, lifelong love of—and relationship with—this music, and I have come to realize that my artistic voice as a jazz musician needs to reflect this part of myself.”

The quartet will also perform some of Mike’s original music, which leans heavily on improvisation and interaction.

The Selkirk Concert Society gratefully acknowledges the generous grant from the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance that was awarded specifically for this virtuosic performance.

The society also thanks the Columbia Basin Trust’s Community Initiatives Program that has helped fund the entire season, as well as grants from the Osprey Foundation, the BC Touring Council and the Nelson & District Credit Union that support the society’s Youth Engagement Program.

For more information about the performance and the concert series, please visit facebook.com/SelkirkProMusica.

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