Actually, she describes herself as an original singer-composer-multi-instrumentalist, and it looks like multi-talented musician Sienna Dahlen isn’t going to stop diversifying any time soon.
Now based in Toronto, the freelance, experimental, folk, jazz artist and educator grew up in the Peace Country. She sang and played alto sax in several bands in Dawson Creek, and she won a CJDC talent contest. From Dawson Creek, Dahlen went to college in Nanaimo before heading across the country to Montreal, where her career took off. She studied and got her degree in jazz, performance and voice at Concordia and McGill Universities and the University of Toronto.
Grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Quebec Arts Council helped her hone a unique personal style. Her first full-length album, Little Temptations, was already a kaleidoscopic collection of genres – pop-folk, alternative and jazz. The work was released as part of a multimedia show involving Dahlen’s travels.
Since that first foray into the spotlight, Dahlen has ventured across Europe and North America, touring her music, working with other performers and the Sienna Dahlen Quartet, and recording. This spring, after shows in Toronto, Ottawa and Germany, Dahlen will arrive in Rolla for the Sweetwater 905 Festival on June 14.
For more about Sienna Dahlen, her newest recording “Verglas”, and to hear her music, please visit siennadahlen.com.
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