Dennis Kwok (Humber College)

As one of the newest young voices in the Toronto music community, multi instrumentalist and composer Dennis Kwok brings a multitude of varying influences into his music. As a versatile musician proficient in the woodwinds, he has found himself involved in contrasting genres from the orchestra to the funk band. As a saxophonist and woodwind doubler, he has studied under the likes of Mark Dejong, Mark Promane, and Pat Labarbera among others. Dennis is an active performer and has appeared with the Toronto Mend elssohn Choir, the Sonuskapos Jazz Orchestra as well as his own groups. The Dennis Kwok Tentet is his first major project as a bandleader exploring a reoccurring love for large ensembles, assimilating his influences and experiences, as well as providing an avenue to showcase original compositions and arrangements while further his personal musical voice. The Dennis Kwok Tentet consists of young jazz musicians from Humber College that collectively believe in enriching the music community through the creation of new music.


Members

  • Kristian Fourier - Pianist & Composer

    Kristian Fourier is a pianist and composer whose work has taken him across the globe. In 2018, he performed for Prime Minister Trudeau in the Swiss Alps, with Pulitzer and Grammy winner Caroline Shaw at the Banff Centre for the Arts, premiered Against the Grain Opera’s “orphee+” in Toronto (which won 5 Dora Awards), toured with Cirque du Soleil, and performed at various festivals including TIFF, Luminato and Pride. In summer 2018, he returned to the Banff Centre as Guest Lecturer, performing “orphee+” again to a sold out audience, and was a Guest Artist in New York at GakkoNYC. A passionate educator, Kristian loves watching that spark of understanding a student grasps a concept for the first time. He specializes in breaking down complex topics in a clear, engaging and conversational way. Entering into his eighth year as a teacher, he is a mentor at a number of music workshops including Music From Scratch at the Canadian Music Centre and GakkoNYC. He studied at the University of Toronto on the Alexander Kinghorn and Music Alumni scholarships. He continued his studies at the School of Improv NYC, Toronto Creative Music Lab, WRCMS, Tafelmusik Baroque Institute and was honoured to be Spectrum Music Canada’s 2017 “New Voices Composer-in-Residence”. His work has been funded by the SOCAN Foundation and Ontario Council for the Arts.

  • Daniel Goldstein - Drummer

    Daniel Goldstein is a versatile drummer currently based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. With over 10 years of drumming experience, Daniel has had gigging and recording experience in genres such as rock, pop, jazz, metal, R&B, and more. Daniel’s main influences range from recording legends like Jeff Porcaro and Steve Gadd, to jazz greats like Tony Williams and Bill Stewart, and expand to heavier artists like Mario Duplantier and Gene Hoglan. Most recently, Daniel is writing, performing, and recording with his progressive punk band Gurth, and together, they have released their debut EP “Autophage” to all major streaming platforms, including Bandcamp.

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