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    The future of jazz is in the hands of emerging artists, who appear on Jazzology on Thursday nights at 9PM.

    Hosted by Heather Bambrick on Thursdays at 9PM, Jazzology provides an opportunity for students to showcase their talents and accomplishments, and share their stories and love of music in a professional environment. These talented jazz students choose the music and the artists they wish to talk about, as well as some recordings of their own.

    The program provides emerging artists with the opportunity to develop important skills: biography writing, media training, interviewing, public speaking, social media. For many who participate, it is their first chance to conduct a professional interview as an artist. It also gives participants a chance to have their original music played on the radio.

    Since 2006, JAZZ.FM91 has presented over 180 selected jazz students from the University of Toronto, York University, Humber College, and Mohawk College. Since taking part in the program, many of these artists have gone on to pursue to successful careers as performers, composers, and educators. Many of the participants are featured in our “Where Are They Now?” series HERE.

    For information about the Jazzology program, please contact Director of Community Outreach & Education David Wall at dwall@jazz.fm.

    This week, November 26th, we feature Chris Arsenasult, a drummer from York University.

    Born in Orillia, Ontario, Canada and currently based in Toronto, Chris has been surrounding himself with music since a young age. Having been introduced to percussion in high school, Chris found he had a deep desire to play the drums. He attributes a strong influence from a very musical family, blues, rock and roll, bluegrass and other popular music as stepping stones to his pursuit in studying Jazz. Some of Chris' favourite bands are The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Jimi Hendrix Experience and The John Coltrane Quartet.

    For the last three years Chris has been studying music at York University with some of the industry's best musicians. Since arriving at York, he has studied privately with Barry Romberg and is currently studying with Anthony Michelli. He has also had the privilege of playing in workshops led by Mark Eiserman, Kelly Jefferson, Kevin Turcotte and Lorne Lofsky. These workshops have been a wonderful and enlightening experience to help hone his skills as a member of the rhythm section.

    As a freelance drummer and musician Chris takes the opportunity to play a variety of styles with many different groups.  Taking the skills he has learned in school he leads The Little Sound Trio which features original compositions as well as tunes out of the Great American Songbook.  Upon graduation Chris plans to keep performing in the GTA while teaching privately.

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    About RBC and the Arts
    RBC sponsors a wide-range of grassroots and local initiatives that contribute to the cultural fabric of our communities. Proud to support events and passions that resonate with our clients and all Canadians, RBC provides opportunities for up-and-coming artists through programs such as the RBC Canadian Painting Competition, one of the largest competitions of its kind in the world; and the RBC Emerging Filmmakers Competition, part of our commitment as the Official Bank and major sponsor of the world’s top public film festival – the Toronto International Film Festival®.

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