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    David Cheon

    Thursday, 02 March 2017 10:19

    This week’s Member Profile features guitarist David Cheon. He shared some of his thoughts about the program:

    How has the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band experience been so far?

    The experience has been amazing so far, the opportunities have been incredible and I love our team this year.

    What has been your favourite performance this year?

    My favourite performance was the Randy Brecker Sound of Jazz show. The Old Mill was a very cool venue for us teens!

    The group has been coached by a number of guest clinicians this year. Is there a particular one that you really enjoyed?

    I really liked the day Earl MacDonald came in. I also really liked the day that Denny Christianson came in. Both of them were incredible directors in crafting a sound.

    What upcoming event(s) are you looking forward to the most and why?

    I am really looking forward to the UTJO show and the Jazz Lives concert. I am excited for the UTJO show because we get to meet and network with guys to discuss the next step of music education and also a musical career. The jazz lives concert every year has been known to be amazing with all the artists coming in. Also Koerner hall is such a ridiculously awesome venue!

    The Youth Big Band program is made possible by our generous donors and sponsors who strongly believe in the importance of arts education initiatives. If you had the opportunity to thank them in person, what would you say?

    Thank you so much for believing in us millennials! We would not have the platform to cut our teeth on in the 21st century had it not been opportunities such as these. Thank you!

    How has your playing changed since you joined the Youth Big Band?

    I have noticed that my critically destabilizing lack of sight-reading skill has gotten better, from a five second, life or death condition to a semi-professional's "under the weather" reading condition. I would like to think that my playing has broadened in the area of creating sonic textures that are sometimes not noted in the music, but are expressed by the horns.

    What music are you listening to at the moment that you find particularly inspiring?

    I am finding the music of Paul Simon (everything he ever put out), Julian Lage, Bruce Springsteen and Sufjan Stevens very inspiring. The music of these artists is just so lyrical in every sense, which is something I want to be present in my music.

    Do you have any plans for the summer?

    I plan to attend the Youth Jazz Canada workshop.

    Do you plan to audition for the group next year?

    Is there anything you’d like to add?
    I would like to make it the millennial artists' mission to speak up against injustice and thereby change minds, in order to change the world. The world ain’t over yet.

    Lightning Round:

    Favourite musical artist: Pop Groups: The Carpenters and Radiohead. Rapper: Kanye West and Chance the Rapper. Guitarist: Lorne Lofsky and Vic Juris

    Last live concert / show you attended: The last concert I saw recently was the Lorne Lofsky trio with Kieran Overs and Ted Warren at the Jazz Room.

    Favourite TV show or movie: Very tough, a tough tie between West Side Story and Cool Hand Luke. As for a series, Austin City Limits is awesome.

    If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be? I would love to travel to Iceland, Venice and Japan.

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