JUNO-nominated musician Shirantha Beddage is a saxophonist, composer and educator from Toronto, Canada. Drawing inspiration from jazz greats such as John Coltrane, Pepper Adams and Thelonious Monk, he is being hailed by critics as a fresh and powerful voice on the baritone saxophone.
Shirantha is an active performer and recording artist, both as a leader and a sideman. His latest CD, Identity (Addo Records, 2012), was nominated for Traditional Jazz Album of the Year at the 2013 JUNO Awards. Shirantha’s debut album, Roots and Branches, was released internationally by Jazz Excursion Records in 2007. His upcoming album, Momentum, featuring drummer Will Kennedy of the Yellowjackets, is due for release in 2016. In addition to his own groups, Shirantha currently performs and records with the Nancy Walker Quintet, the Mike Downes Parallel Streams Ensemble and Bruce Cassidy’s Hotfoot Orchestra.
His musical compositions have been featured by numerous ensembles across Canada and the United States, ranging from small group to big band. His compositions have earned him accolades such as the 2013 Galaxie Rising Star Award at the Montreal Jazz Festival, and the Raymond and Maxine Schumer Award in Jazz Composition at the Eastman School of Music. He has also written commercially for film and television; in 2014, he composed and performed original jazz quintet music for the Emmy-nominated FX original series “Fargo”, starring Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman.