“The Floogo Quartet”
U-JAM presents “The Floogo Quartet”
Where: The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria,
1040 Moss Street, Victoria
When: Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
Why: This is the first concert in our 2018 Jazz at the Gallery Series – our 9th year of presenting music at the Gallery!
Who: The Floogo Quartet (see details below)
Tickets & Info: $35 ($30 U-JAM/ AGGV members)
$15 Students – call 250-384-4171 ext. 0 for tickets
The Floogo Jazz Quartet is a group of student musicians from Victoria, BC that currently attend Mount Douglas and Reynolds Secondary schools. Playing a unique brand of Fusion, they combine Jazz, Funk, and other contemporary influences, resulting in a unique and musical sound. The band has been playing together in various configurations since 2014, such as the UJAM Young All-Stars, a Neo-Funk band, their school Big Band Ensemble, and currently, The Vancouver Island Jazz Collective, an allstar student ensemble led by Juno-nominated Saxophonist Ryan Oliver. The quartet has appeared at the TD International Victoria Jazz Festival, as well Hermann’s Jazz club and the Jazz Vespers service at St. John United Church. These talented young players combine intricate improvisation, groove, and arranging which, when coupled with youthful energy and technical facility, culminate in a fresh, exciting take on Jazz-Fusion.
Rowan Farintosh is an 18 year old Saxophonist from Victoria, BC. Rowan grew up playing Classical guitar, and was very successful, winning regional competitions at age 10. However, once he discovered Saxophone, there was no turning back. Rowan plays mainly Tenor and Baritone, but is skilled on Alto and Soprano saxes, and is also proficient on Clarinet. Since the age of 10, he has studied with local gem, Monik Nordine, and more recently, Canadian heavyweight Ryan Oliver as well. Rowan plays with The Phatfunks, and various other local groups. Upon graduation, he plans to pursue the music program at Humber College in Toronto.
Sam Laramee is a Keyboardist, Guitarist, and singer from Victoria, BC. At 17 years old, he has been studying Piano for 11 years with: Chelsea Wiksyk, Adrian Bronson, Robert Holliston, and most recently Louise Rose, with whom he also studies voice. He is self-taught on the guitar. Sam does local live and studio work, playing with the Vic High R&B Band and The Phatfunks, as well as other acts. Sam hopes to move to Toronto and attend Humber College when he graduates.
Marvin Thiele is a multi-instrumentalist and composer living in Victoria, BC. Growing up in China, Germany, America, and Canada, he has learned to play Bass, Guitar, and Piano, as well as sing, all at the impressive age of 17. Marvin plays and composes locally, and studies with Victoria Bassist, Joey Smith, as well as local jazz prodigy, John Lee. He also attended a music program at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, where he studied with Dave Buda, and learned from the legendary Victor Wooten. Marvin plans to study music at the post-secondary level once he graduates.
Sascha Enns is a 17 year old Drummer and Sound Engineer from Victoria, BC. Hailing from a family of musicians, he grew up surrounded by music, and quickly developed a passion for it. As a child, he played piano and guitar, but has focused on his drumming since the age of 11. He plays locally in The Phatfunks, The Vancouver Island Jazz Collective, and various other groups. In 2017, he was selected as the drummer for the BCMEA Provincial Honour Jazz Band, which was directed by Canadian composer and educator, Fred Stride. In addition to gigging, Sascha does studio work as a session drummer. He also engineers, both live and in studio, having worked in Victoria, Vancouver, Toronto, and Montréal with a multitude of bands and artists from around the world, including Grammy Award-winning members of Snarky Puppy, as well as former members of Prince and Michael Jackson’s touring bands. Sascha currently studies drums with Murray Creed and Damian Graham, and hopes to attend Humber College in Toronto upon graduation from high school.
Thomas Daudlin - “Jazz ain't what you think, Jazz is what you feel."