Sea and Sky Collective has taken its name from a rich and evocative work by the late Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe. It references a duality, the individual and ensemble characteristics of the musicians are present – from the inventiveness, flying solos and virtuosic flair of clarinetist François Houle and saxophonist Julia Nolan; the poetic mastery, fierce power and musical depth of Jane Hayes; the infectious violin lyricism of Joan Blackman; to the fused interpretation of classics and brave new worlds for this innovative collection of instruments. In Zagreb, the Sea and Sky Collective presents itself as a violin – saxophone – piano trio. Violinist Joan Blackman, is the former Associate Concert Master of the VSO and Artistic Director of the Vetta Chamber Series. Julia Nolanhas performed as soloist and chamber musician in Canada, the USA, Europe, China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong presenting concerti written for her by Canadian composers. Since her debut with the Toronto Symphony, Jane Hayes has performed across Canada, the USA, Europe, Mexico, and China. Seldom do artists of such individual accomplishment combine so spectacularly to jointly render chamber music magic. They continue the quest for music for this combination and will record in the near future.

Joan Blackman, violin

Julia Nolan, saxophone

Jane Hayes, piano

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  • Sea and Sky CollectiveDorothy Chang (1970): Four BagatellesJean-Luc Defontains (1971): Couleurs d’un Reve for alto saxophone, violin and pianoACADEMY OF MUSIC Vaclav Huml Hall Trg Republike Hrvatske 12
  • Marc Eychenne (1952): Cantilène et Danse, trio for violin, alto saxophone and piano
  • Eileen Padgett ( 1987): In Praise of Women (premiere performance)
  • recital

It was so amazing to hear Jane Coop at ArtSpring last night. Clear and concise when appropriate, yet expansive and passionate when the music demands…She chose a great program of Beethoven, Rachmaninoff times two.
I feel inspired to practice twice as hard, and how fortunate I am to be able to play chamber music with her and cellist John Freisen in early May! Thanks Jane!

Jane Coop 39 high res

What a lot of fun to play at Pender Harbour Chamber Music Festival again!

We played the Bartok Quintet which was such an early piece I could barely find him in the notes! He himself said that this quintet was written before he found his voice. Nevertheless, it is well worth hearing. I think of Dohnyani with a twist of Janacek!

Maria Larionoff and I were roomates and we enjoyed afternoons of swimming after rehearsing the Moszkowski with Alexnder Tsyelakov, Artistic Director. Honestly it was like a holiday to be served freshly baked croissants and muffins by our hosts Paul and Barbara Kapelli.

I thoroughly enjoyed meeting and playing with James Campbell and of course the most wonderful Griffn Trio.