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    Max Senitt

    This week we feature drummer Max Senitt, Based in Toronto, he is very active as a performer and educator, playing a variety of musical genres including jazz, pop, and world music. Since completing his studies at Humber College in 2007, Max has been performing with artists such as Alex Cuba, Hilario Duran, Carol Welsman, Eliana Cuevas, Elizabeth Shepherd, David Buchbinder, Gord Sheard, and Alexis Baro. He also leads his own group, the Max Senitt Trio, playing Toronto venues and touring extensively.

    Max participated in our Jazzology program in 2006 while completing his studies at Humber College. Recently, he provided some insight into his experiences with the Jazzology program and discussed his recent activities and accomplishments:

    Describe your experience with the Jazzology program. What was your favourite aspect?

    Doing the Jazzology interview was very fun and educational for me, as it gave me a taste of other “real world” situations besides just playing music. The chance to think a little deeper and talk about myself on the radio was surely invaluable.

    What is your strongest memory of the program? Are there any funny stories or incidents that come to mind?

    During my interview I remember Larry Green being quite surprised when I mentioned that I was subbing regularly in Hilario Duran’s Trio. This is something that I am very proud of.

    Would you recommend this experience to other young musicians?

    I would definitely  recommend this to young musicians because it gives you a chance to reflect on your past. This something you should never forget; where you came from. You are also able to assess where you are in the present and get a glimpse of where you may want to end up in the future

    How has this experience helped in your personal and professional development?

    I believe the experience made me more focused. As with all experiences, they are invaluable. As I think back to when I was doing the interview, I was a little nervous. I felt quite exposed, but I got thorough it, and these are the things that make us stronger.

    Jazzology is made possible by our generous donors and RBC Royal Bank 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 very much for the wonderful experience! There is much to learn in a classroom, but special extra curricular activities like getting to be interviewed on the radio, REALLY make a lasting impression.

    Since participating in the Jazzology program, what have you been doing?

    Since I did my interview in 2006, I have become quite busy playing and recording music around the Toronto area. In 2008 I began touring a lot, and had the great pleasure of playing music in many amazing places including Turkey, Germany, England, Spain, Brazil, Trinidad, Barbados, Colombia, all across the USA and Canada.  I have been active teaching privately, performing clinics, and writing educational pieces for both Canadian Musician, and Drums Etc. magazines.

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

    Most of the music I listen to these days pertains to upcoming gigs, either songs from a band that I will be playing with or other related music to whatever style of music I will be performing. I have the great pleasure of being called to play many different genres of music and I like this very much. As they say, variety is the spice of life, and I like spice! In terms of other music that doesn’t relate directly to my “work” that I enjoy, there are two artists that I heard on the radio recently and I immediately purchased their music on iTunes. They are from West Africa and their names are Mory Kanté and N’Faly Kouyaté. I do not understand the lyrics or know what they are singing about, but their music really goes beyond words and just grabs me.

    What are your plans for the future?

    My plans are to continue to pursue my life goal which is to play great music with great musicians. To enable me to do this means that I also must stay in the “game” and be constantly studying, learning, and honing my craft. I hope to continue to be involved in education and writing for magazines.

    How can people learn more about you and your activities?

    I am active online and can be found at:

    http://www.maxsenitt.com
    https://www.facebook.com/MaxSenittDrumLessons
    https://www.facebook.com/max.senitt
    https://twitter.com/MaxSenitt
    http://www.youtube.com/maxsenitt
    http://instagram.com/maxsenitt

    Is there anything else that you want to add?

    Please get out there and support live music, whether you come to see me or anybody else, it’s important to just get out there. I keep my gig section on my website up to date. Come say hi!

    Jazzology is proudly sponsored by RBC Emerging Artists Project.


    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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