Born: July 6, 1972 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Sienna Dahlen grew up in a small, rural town called Dawson Creek (no, it's not the same as the TV Show!) in northern British Columbia, Canada.
Over a twelve-year period of professional music-making in Montreal, QC Sienna completed her Bachelor of Music in Jazz degree at McGill University and released four cds under her own name. Two years ago Sienna relocated to Toronto, ON and recently, she completed her Master of Music degree at the University of Toronto. Sienna freelances professionally in Canada, the US and abroad.
Important Facts to Note:
*Sienna is the vocalist on the 2007 ACADEMY Award-Winning animated film, The Danish Poet.
*In the summer of 2007, Sienna and her Montreal trio performed to a standing-room only crowd at the 1st annual Quebec City Jazz Festival.
*In the fall of 2007, Sienna completed an 10-date tour in Belgium where she performed with 3 other musicians to promote her latest cd, Off the Floor..Into the Garden.
*In the spring of 2008, Sienna returned to Europe to perform two shows in Paris at the Café Universel and six other shows throughout Belgium with her new Paris-based trio.
*In the spring of 2008, Sienna became the first vocalist to receive a Master of Music in Jazz Performance degree at the University of Toronto.
Awards:David and Marcia Beach Award (private studies with David Binney)
“Jazz trained, pop-savvy and musically accomplished, West Coast transplant Sienna Dahlen negotiates many influences, melding them into her own distinct sound…As full and rich an indie recording as you’ll hear this year.” Mary Lamey, The Gazette, Montreal, QC
“One of the best albums I’ve heard all year..Sienna Dahlen's voice can put you in a trance..and more importantly, remind you why you love music so much.” Tonya Zelinski, Fast Forward Weekly, Calgary, AB
“…What an incredible direction for jazz. Excellent singer..and beautiful instrumental work...she sounds like she's got something to say and really knows how to say it. Joni Mitchell should hear her. People would hear a musical/spiritual link between them.”
Bill Henderson, Canadian Producer, Composer, Musician and SOCAN board- member
When I listen to an artist, I listen from three main perspectives: technical prowess/command of musical language, emotional/spiritual connection, and vision/creative artistry (ie: does this individual have a Voice, something that makes them unique?). There is much music that excels in one or two of these areas; the best music, however, displays a more or less equal balance between these elements, and in my opinion Sienna falls into this rather rare category.
Dave Restivo, Three-time National Jazz Award-Winning Pianist (2007)
Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students
Humber College McGill Conservatory University of Toronto