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.
Over the past decade, Irvine's formal studies included such musicians as Jeff Driskill, Katisse Buckingham, Derrick Gardner, Michael Cain, Greg Gatien, Jon Gordon, Quincy Davis, Catherine Wood, Ken Gold, and Wendy McCallum. Irvine's early academia included six years at the University of Brandon completing a Bachelors in Jazz Saxophone and a Masters in Performance and Composition with a focus in Woodwinds. Upon moving back to Winnipeg in 2014, Irvine spent two years at the University of Manitoba completing the Post Bachelors performance program focusing on saxophone performance and compositional techniques.
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, Papa Mambo, and The Big City All Stars. Irvine is a regular member of the Winnipeg Jazz Collective and the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra. In recent years, Irvine has accompanied the likes of Derrick Gardner, Jon Gordon, Scotty Barnhart, and Jimmy Greene (amongst others) in professional performance settings.
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.
Irvine maintains an active schedule working as an educator. 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 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, Educational Assistant with Pembina Trails high school music programs, along with teaching Woodwind techniques and music ensembles (Big Band/ Small Jazz Ensembles) during his time at Brandon University.
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.
Bachelor of Performance, Jazz Saxophone, Brandon University
Post Bachelor Performance Diploma, University of Manitoba
Masters of Music, Performance and Literature (Composition and Jazz), Brandon University