Alicia and Trent moving back to SK this summer (2016)

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Time to share some news from our family to you…

Alicia and I are making the move back to our home province of Saskatchewan this summer (July 2016).  When we came in 2001 we had a U-Haul trailer filled with our own wedding gifts, and a mission to learn as much about our instruments and music as we could.  Alicia & Trent’s Classical & Jazz Ensembles was formed in 2005 after we finished our music schooling at the RCM and U of Toronto.  After freelancing for a short time we felt we had something to offer in organizing and performing music at the events we were already playing at as hired musicians.

The word of what we offered to our clients must have spread.  What started as a way to share our gifts and and gain performance experience became a larger endeavour as we grew to become a highly recommended provider of music at weddings and events around the GTA, peaking at 146 events a year.  All this was done out of our home and complemented other performing, teaching, and starting to raise children in 2008.  As of now, we have provided music at somewhere approaching 1000 events since we started (885 of which you can see here since we started our database in 2007).

We feel so incredibly blessed to have participated in so many of your special moments here.  All the couples whose weddings we have played at have given us a constant reminder of our own wedding vows and the importance of family.  We feel our move back to SK to be closer to our families is in keeping with what we have valued and shared together with you.

Thank you for everything, we wish you continued blessings 🙂

PS – we are happy to recommend other colleagues, including musicians that have played with us for years, for events you are looking for music at after June 2016.

 

 

Bob & Christina – April 18th, 2015

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Just got this wonderful review from Bob and Christine on WeddingWire:

We had the good fortune to hire Alicia and Trent’s Jazz Ensemble for our wedding and reception. The music for our ceremony was flawless (to my ear) and they demonstrated great professionalism and flexibility as they adapted to the flow of the ceremony. The music for the reception/cocktail party was equally wonderful. The performance of our selected music was outstanding. They demonstrated great flexibility in moving outside to the patio when it became clear that many of the guests were outside enjoying the good weather. We highly recommend Alicia and Trent’s Jazz Ensemble.

Bob and Christina

Thanks guys!

Tom & Sydney

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Tom is a romantic at heart who cared very deeply about his bride, the guests, the food they would be served, the setting, and the music they’d hear on their wedding night. In the lead up to their wedding he told me about their star chef, Brad Long, Evergreen Brickworks, and the guest speaker he had planned, Olivia Chow. I knew ahead of time that his and Sydney’s wedding celebration would be a very memorable evening for our jazz quartet to be a part of. Turns out the music was memorable for Tom, too:

Dear Trent
Sydney and I chose Belong Cafe @ the Evergreen Brick Works to be our wedding reception venue – a good decision. Hiring your Jazz Quartet to entertain my guests – a sound decision. My guests were thoroughly enchanted by your performance and commented that I had “really good taste” in music. Well, I took the credit – Alicia and Trent had backed it up! The melody of the song ‘It Had To Be You’, played out in saxophone, Bass, Percussion and Keyboard, still resonates in my head. I know I insisted for an encore, and you did. Unforgettable!

Tom and Sydney
August 2014

Congratulations again Tom and Sydney and many happy years ahead to you both!

We Play for Discerning Clients!

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A couple of recent weddings we’ve played music at were for clients who are musicians themselves.  Getting hired as a musician by another musician is a real pat on the back for us because they are often the most discerning clients.  It’s like being hired by Mike Holmes to renovate his home.  A musician is able to see and hear a high level of detail in other musicians, so they are naturally a little pickier with who they hire.

In June, we played a wedding for a groom named Matthew who composed the processional for his bride to walk down the aisle to.  This has happened only twice in the approx 700 weddings we have played music at in and around Toronto.  Matthew’s piece came in a very professional looking score made with a piece of software called Musescore, an open source music notation program for PC, Mac, and Linux.  Having spent hundreds of dollars on these program in the past, I was surprised I wasn’t aware of this program yet.  So it looked good, but how did things turn out?  I’ve copied the review that Matthew left on our Google + page:

* * * * * (5 stars)

 They (classical trio) played flawlessly and I had only a positive experience – good communication, easy payment, everyone showed well in advance and did everything asked. They actually played a processional that I composed; it was great to hear it with real musicians and really added to the experience. As a big kudos to the musicians, the wedding party was moving down the aisle more quickly than expected, so they adjusted on the fly and wrapped up the piece at the appropriate spot. Very well done.

Kudos to you Matthew for personalizing your wedding in such a unique and special way by sharing your musical talents!  It was a real honour and pleasure working with you on this special performance.

Last weekend Alicia played at a wedding where the mother of the bride was a clarinetist who graduated from U of Toronto’s music program (like me!).  Tricia works in the staff for Taffelmusik, which is Canada’s (and one of the world’s) premier baroque orchestras.  With this kind of musical pedigree, her daughter Sarah, naturally let her mom guide the way in picking music for her wedding ceremony.  It was a pleasure speaking with Tricia on the phone, and having her select music we also loved to play made it fun for Alicia and the classical trio.

We are honoured to play for musically discerning clients like Matthew and Tricia.  We are also very happy to share our music and experience with people who love and appreciate music but are less hands on.  It is always a real blessing to share what we love  with people like you!

New review on weddingwire.com!

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by Trent Reschny

A recent client of ours, Danielle, was married at Fantasy Farms and has left a very nice review of us (5 stars!) on weddingwire.com. Thanks Danielle for taking the time to give feedback and for letting us be a part of your special day. Alicia and I wish you all the best.

First video: Jazz Quartet

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by Trent Reschny

We are always interested in what we sound like, but many clients have asked if they can see us play.  I’ll often invite them to an upcoming event but sometimes it doesn’t work out because of their schedule, the event is ticketed, or our next events are all private.  So I’ve made my first video:

It was recorded on my iPhone at a recent performance for University of Toronto’s Heart & Stroke Richard Lewar Centre’s gala event at The George on Queen St E., Toronto ON.  This is our Jazz Quartet playing the classic standard The Touch of Your Lips by Ray Noble, who also composed Cherokee and The Very Thought of You.  Enjoy!

Is It Live or is It Karoake?

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There is a trend going on right now in live music performances.  We are seeing more people advertising and requesting a single musician who plays along with pre-recorded backing tracks – ie. Karoake style.  What’s behind this?

In a nutshell it can be a cost saver to hire one instead of two, three, four or more musicians.  The tracks can give a consistency to the performance and a studio like sound quality.  That sounds well and good.  What gets sacrificed?

Pardon me while I get philosophical for a moment.  In my opinion music is a social endeavour and is best enjoyed with other people.  We all love to listen to it and share it with other people.  The same goes for playing music…

When you have two or more musicians playing together (without tracks) something special happens.  It becomes social, organic, responsive, and it allows a real connection between the music and the moment you are creating.  There is a dialogue.  It becomes possible to adjust the timing.  In a wedding processional we can tailor the ending of the song to the time the bride settles herself at the front of the aisle.  Same thing goes for any introduction, ribbon cutting, etc.  It’s a custom fit to the special moment you are creating.  The joy of skilled musicians playing together resonates through to the audience.

When a musician plays along with pre-recorded backing tracks you lose that treasured spontaneity of a live performance.  They can’t extend a song in the middle.  They can’t tailor the ending of the song to the moment.  There is no responsive dialogue, no push and pull, no give and take.  An acoustic ensemble provides an elegance that can’t be matched by recorded music.  We feel that adding recorded tracks to a live classical or jazz performance diminishes this elegance.

If you only have a budget for one person, we think a pianist or guitarist is the best choice.  A skilled pianist or guitarist can provide their own organic accompaniment to a melody.  Check out our solo piano and solo guitar pages for samples.

But if you are wanting a custom created, organic, and social moment(s) to be created at your event, I do encourage getting a duo (classical or jazz), trio, (classical or jazz), quartet (classical or jazz), jazz quintet or jazz sextet.  And if you are wanting something huge, over the top special – consider the Toronto Jazz Orchestra (18 piece big band).  Your guests will be talking about it for years to come!

New music samples – Classical Guitar Soloist

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by Trent Reschny

Newly recorded samples are posted on the Classical Guitar Soloist page – a mix a classical and beautifully played pop repertoire.  Hope you like them!

New music samples – Classical Piano Soloist

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by Trent Reschny

We’ve recorded new samples for our Classical Piano Soloist page.  They are a mix of classical and elegantly played pop songs popular at wedding ceremonies.  Enjoy!

New samples on Jazz Trio page

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by Trent Reschny

I recorded a couple of recent jazz trio performances on my iPhone, and have put some tracks onto our jazz trio page.  The fidelity is not that of a studio, but I think they still turned out pretty well!  Enjoy 🙂