photo: Randy Cole
Sienna Dahlen is a Juno award-winning vocalist. She is also a music educator, an instrumentalist and a composer of six albums of original folk and jazz music to date. Her second to last album, entitled « Verglas » received rave reviews and was signed to the longstanding Montreal jazz label, Justin Time Records. Sienna’s current album, « Ice Age Paradise » was released in September of 2016 and features a collection of new original compositions that were arranged by bassist, Andrew Downing for a 10-piece ensemble of incredible Toronto-based musicians.
Sienna has toured her music extensively across Canada, Europe, and parts of the US in addition to numerous appearances in Mexico and South America. Sienna has also collaborated on several national and international projects as a co-leader/lyricist with musicians such as Joel Miller and his « Dream Cassette » band (Canada), Mads Baerentzen’s « Lifelines » project (Denmark), Lebanese pianist and composer, Wassim Soubra's « Dunes » album (France) and Paris-based Canadian drummer, Karl Jannuska’s « Streaming » and « The Halfway Tree » records. Sienna also appears on Karl's latest release, « Midseason » alongside vocalist Denzal Sinclaire and is the voice of Mike Rud's 2014 Juno award-winning album « Notes on Montreal ». In addition to these collaborations, Sienna has been a guest vocalist on several occasions with L'Orchestre National de Jazz de Montreal. Finally, Sienna is the featured singer on the soundtrack for the 2007 Oscar-winning animated short, The Danish Poet by Torill Kove (music by Kevin Dean).
"Good artists find a way to tackle difficult emotions with sincerity and clarity of vision. Sienna Dahlen has crafted a record that simultaneously expresses grief and grapples with how to transcend it; that tries to find peace and understanding in the coldest of states." "Dahlen’s performance is a revelation."
Geoff Parent, (Dominionated)
"Ice Age Paradise is richly expansive and deeply searching." (It has) "the ability to sweep you away to some lunary world and Dahlen's voice is the only thing that keeps you tethered until it too drifts
Shelley Gummeson, CFBX Radio
"Sienna Dahlen has made a beautifully compelling record that is soulful and unique."
"Ambiances éthérées, profondément sensuelles, subtiles du début à la fin de ce Verglas...En bref, un coup de coeur pour Sienna Dahlen."
Alain Brunet (La Presse) 4/4 stars
"...Verglas goes from the good to the great with “Carrie,” the last of its seven cuts and a stunningly memorable, rage-filled anthem against an impending death."
Peter Goddard (Toronto Star) 4/4 stars
“Dahlen has an extremely alluring voice, one that could sell rainwater in a snowstorm.”
Pascal-Denis Lussier (All About Jazz)
“Mélodies extrêmement élaborées…musicalité, diction et goût remarquables chez Sienna Dahlen (délicieuse voix, typiquement“britannique”), à l’image de celle de Josefine Lindstrand chez Django Bates.”
Éric Quenot (Jazz Magazine-France)
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