Creating Sax Appeal
Documentary made about group inspired by Orléans musician
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."
Sax Appeal is Ottawa’s only saxophone quartet.