Cre­at­ing Sax Ap­peal

Doc­u­men­tary made about group in­spired by Or­léans mu­si­cian

Orleans Star - - LOCAL NEWS - Cather­ine Kitts cather­ine.kitts@tc.tc Twit­ter @catkitts

A doc­u­men­tary short, fea­tur­ing a mu­si­cal group orig­i­nat­ing in Or­léans, will be screened on the final evening of the 2012 Wake­field In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val (WIFF) on April 1.

"We have a big ‘Wow Fac­tor’", said Jar­rod Gold­smith, cre­ator of Sax Ap­peal, who has lived in the east end for more than 10 years. Cur­rently, the only mar­keted sax­o­phone quar­tet, Dave Re­naud, Mike Mullin, Pierre Vail­lan­court and Gold­smith him­self, make up the group that is aim­ing to pave the way for a new mu­si­cal mar­ket in Ot­tawa.

"Four sax­o­phones play­ing to­gether is pretty unique and even more mem­o­rable."

Wasim Baobaid, a stu­dent in Al­go­nquin Col­lege’s School of Me­dia and De­sign, in a one year post-diploma doc­u­men­tary film pro­duc­tion certificate pro­gram, got wind of the quar­tet and con­nected with Gold­smith through the so­cial me­dia net­work "Linkedin" on the eve of a per­for­mance by the quar­tet at the Mu­seum of Civ­i­liza­tion.

The two col­lab­o­rated re­sult­ing in an eight minute, "The Mak­ing of Sax Ap­peal Ot­tawa – Be­hind the Mu­sic".

“Tim­ing is ev­ery­thing,” said Gold­smith. The video shows the ded­i­ca­tion and pas­sion he had while cre­at­ing and ag­gres­sively mar­ket­ing Sax Ap­peal. It shows the group’s ver­sa­til­ity, with a reper­toire that runs from clas­si­cal to jazz and ev­ery­thing in-be­tween. He rec­og­nized that his chal­lenge was to “cre­ate a mar­ket” for such a unique sax en­sem­ble and the re­sult­ing film col­lab­o­ra­tion with Baobaid proved ideal.

The Mak­ing of Sax Ap­peal Ot­tawa – Be­hind the Mu­sic will be shown at 5:30 p.m. on April 1 be­fore the viewing of the "Pay­back".

"I’m hop­ing to cre­ate more live mu­sic in town," said Gold­smith who had new ini­tia­tives on the hori­zon, such as a part­ner­ship with David’s Bridal. "So far feed­back is great, I can’t wait to see where it goes next."

Fes­ti­val’s

final film

Photo: Pro­vided

Sax Ap­peal is Ot­tawa’s only sax­o­phone quar­tet.

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