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Min Rager

Min Rager Biography

Min Rager is one of Canada’s premier female jazz pianists and composers. Born in Seoul, Korea, she moved to Montreal in 1997 to pursue a professional music career. She holds her Master’s degree in Jazz Performance from the Schulich school of music at McGill University graduating with the distinction of “ Outstanding achievement in Jazz Piano”.

At the Montreal International Jazz Festival in 2005 her Quintet was nominated for the “Grand prix de jazz General Motors”. Also that year, Min was the recipient of the “ Best new Artist” award from Montreal’s L’OFF Festival de Jazz.

In 2008, Min received a commission from CBC to compose a jazz suite for 2 pianos. The work, lasting 10 minutes, was submitted to the European Broadcasting Union as a part of “ The Handel Project 2009” to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the composer’s death. Min has also performed on several National Film Board of Canada soundtracks. She is featured on the soundtrack for the internationally acclaimed documentary short film “ Letters from Pyongyang” directed by Jason Lee. Min has released 2 CDs as a leader, “ Bright Road” and “ First Step” on Effendi Records based in Montreal. In 2017, Min independently released her 3rd CD “Train Of Thought”. She has toured extensively in Canada and continues to perform actively with some of the top jazz musicians in North America including Don Thompson, Terry Clarke, Kieran Overs, Donny McCaslin, Joel Frahm, Walt Weiskopf , Kenji Omae, Kevin Dean, Andre White

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”On the Bright Road, McGill University jazz student Min Rager is more than able to keep up with her profs. A hard-hitting, sophisticated pianist, she leads a powerful, straight-ahead quintet that includes faculty members Kevin Dean (trumpet) and Andre White (drums), as well as bassist Kieran Overs and alto saxophonist Donny Kennedy. Rager writes sumptuous songs with plenty of harmonic meat and built-in swing. The veterans tear through them, and recent McGill grad Kennedy impresses with his assurance and big, tart sound.” —Peter Hum, The Ottawa Citizen

“Pianist Min Rager's debut CD showcases her strong attack on the keyboard and bright world of view

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Primary Instrument

Piano

Location

Montreal

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

Credentials/Background

Course lecturer and Jazz piano instructor at the Schulich school of music of McGill University in Montreal, QC, Canada.

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Discography

Train Of Thought

Train Of Thought

Self Produced
2017

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First Steps

First Steps

Effendi Records
2009

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Bright Road

Bright Road

Effendi Records
2006

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First Steps

First Steps

Min Rager
First Steps

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