Winnipeg (MB) based Woodwind Specialist Sean Irvine has developed a reputation of well versed performer, composer, and educator. Best known for his work as a saxophonist, Irvine is also a practiced flutist, and clarinetist.
Irvine's experience has featured him as a freelance sessional musician in a number of recorded and live artistic settings. Irvine has worked as a side musician to projects including the Big Dig Band, Dirty Catfish Brass Band, Ron Paley Band, Jeff Presslaff Septet, Steve Kirby's Oceanic Orchestra, Danny Kramer Band, Papa Mambo, and The Big City All Stars amongst others. Irvine is a regular member of the Winnipeg Jazz Collective and Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, two of Winnipeg's predominant large jazz ensembles.
As a composer and leader- Irvine's most recent project, The Oak & Alley Band saw its debut at the 2017 TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival. Comprised of staple musicians in and amongst the Winnipeg music scene, the collective soundscapes original works of Irvine's inspired by the voices of jazz, folk, third stream, world, and funk music; painting the stories of his years as a musician.
Over the past decade, Irvine's formal studies included the likes of musicians such as Jeff Driskill, Katisse Buckingham, Derrick Gardner, Michael Cain, Greg Gatien, Jon Gordon, Quincy Davis, Catherine Wood, Ken Gold, and Wendy McCallum (amongst others). Irvine completed a Bachelor's in Jazz Saxophone Performance from Brandon University in 2012. Upon completion of the Undergraduate program, Irvine continued onto a Masters in Woodwind Performance and Composition at Brandon University. After moving to Winnipeg in 2015, Irvine most recent formal education includes a Post Bachelors Performance Diploma in Jazz Studies from the University of Manitoba.
Irvine maintains an active schedule working as an educator across Canada. His early years were spent teaching as a Woodwind Instructor with the Eckhardt-Gramatté Conservatory of Music. In Summer 2015, Irvine was the program Co-ordinator and Founder of the first ever Brandon Music Conservatory Saxophone Camp (Brandon, MB). The program introduced Junior High students interested in learning the saxophone to the instrument; helping them to develop a fundamental skill set and familiarity over the span of a week. The program has continued to see a great deal of success in its subsequent years. Irvine has also worked as an Artist Director for community projects like the East Side Jazz Band; a jazz big band comprised of Music Educators and Artists from the Winnipeg music scene.
At present, Irvine will be continuing into his second year as the Director of Woodwinds with the Winnipeg El Sistema music outreach program; in conjunction with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. In and amongst his own studio and work as a clinician, Irvine is a regular educational assistant with the Shaftesbury High School music program where he is also the director and developer of the Shaftesbury High School Jazz Orchestra.
Bachelor of Performance, Jazz Saxophone, Brandon University
Post Bachelor Performance Diploma, University of Manitoba
Masters of Music, Performance and Literature, Brandon University
Masters of Music, Jazz Composition, Brandon University