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(2016) Marginal Arts Festival


Grammy nominee and three-time Juno Award-winning sax player and recording artist Campbell Ryga returns home with his sensational ensemble for a rare and intimate performance on Saturday, September 3, at 7pm on Summerland's Centre Stage Theatre. He is joined by his amazing ensemble:

Campbell Ryga on Sax:

    Campbell is the eldest son of the internationally renowned Canadian Author and Playwright - George Ryga. Campbell was raised in the community of Summerland British Columbia, where he lived until moving to Vancouver to pursue private and post secondary study.

    Mr. Ryga was honoured to have received the Jazz Report Magazine Award of 'Canada's Alto Saxophonist of the Year 2000' presented to him at the annual Jazz Report Awards Ceremony held in Toronto in May of the year 2000. The two former recipients of this award were Moe Koffman and PJ Perry.

    On top of his International touring schedule, Campbell has also been involved in cross country Canadian touring on 24 separate occasions, and has performed week long engagements at the famed Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in Soho - London, on 4 separate occasions.

    Campbell has sat on the Jury Boards for The British Columbia Arts Council and The Canada Council for the Arts. He is currently on faculty at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Langley, British Columbia.

Chris Sigerson on Piano:

    Chris has been an active member of the Vancouver music scene for the last 20 years. He plays a variety of gigs and has experience playing different styles in a wide range of settings. He has worked with many top Canadian and International musicians.

    Chris teaches piano at Capilano University in North Vancouver and Vancouver Community College in British Columbia. Chris has a self-produced CD entitled Heritage which was recorded live at the jazz club The Glass Slipper in Vancouver. He also produced a Christmas album with bassist Chris Nelson called Merry Chris Chris Christmas

    Chris has recorded numerous sessions at CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) both as a sideman and as a leader, and has played on many independent recordings.

Miles Foxx Hill on Bass:

    Miles is a bassist, producer, engineer and composer.  As an electric and acoustic bass player he has recorded and performed live with some of the world’s most accomplished musicians. Hill has become known for his unique arrangements and his ability to play a diverse spectrum of musical styles.  

    Hill’s musical pursuits began in Saskatchewan where he studied Royal Conservatory piano at age six.  He credits the long prairie winters as the perfect environment for his singular focus on mastering his deep understanding of harmony, composition and rhythm.  At twelve he turned to the bass and later studied with bassist Dave Holland.

    After high school, Hill moved to Vancouver, BC to play with great jazz musicians. Ever seeking to switch things up and find new challenges, Hill joined the Juno Award winning rock band Idle Eyes in 1984 and enjoyed a #1 single in Canada with the song “Tokyo Rose”.  He built his first recording studio in the mid nineties and became known in the last two decades for his ability to master the sonics of great sound recordings.

Blaine Wikjord on Drums:

    Blaine has accumulated an impressive list of credits over his distinguished professional career. Recently, he played, recorded and toured with the Hugh Fraser Quintet, and in 1998 was a recipient of Canada’s prestigious Juno Award for Best Mainstream Jazz Recording on the Hugh Fraser Quintet album, "In the Meantime".

    Blaine’s musical career began in his early teens studying and teaching for five years with internationally acclaimed drum teacher and author, Jim Blackley. He subsequently moved to New York to study and work with noted jazz drumming experts. 

During his lengthy career as a professional drummer, Blaine has performed with many internationally renowned artists.

    He has toured extensively in Europe, playing at clubs including world famous Ronnie Scott's in London.

 Blaine’s work can be heard on several recent CD releases including Hugh Fraser’s "Red and Blue" and”Pas de Problemes”  and the Vancouver Ensemble of Jazz Improvisation’s "VEJI Now", as well as recording with Campbell Ryga on “Coastal Connection” and Ross Taggart on “Ross Taggart and Friends"


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