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Petr Cancura

Performance Instructor: Saxophone

Office:A831 Loeb Building

Petr Cancura, saxophonist, mandolinist, composer, photographer and producer. Originating in Czech Republic, Petr played with great jazz, folk and African artists before attending New England Conservatory which led to a 10 year residency in Brooklyn, New York. Petr re-established himself in Ottawa a year ago as the Artist-In-Residence of Carleton University, the Program Director of the Ottawa Jazz Festival and the Musical Director of the National Arts Center’s Crossroads Series, reimagines the songs of current Canadian Songwriters for an all-star jazz cast.

Cancura’s asthetic blends roots music and jazz to create an authentic, fresh and raw sound. Petr’s Down Home was nominated for a 2015 JUNO nomination for best Instrumental Album and awarded the Independent Music Award for Best Instrumental Album of the Year.

Cancura has performed and recorded with Danilo Perez, Bob Moses, Joe Morris, Richie Barshay, Chic Corea, The Ghost Train Orchestra, Kathleen Edwards, The Mighty Popo. Other credits include performances with Julian Lage, Aretha Franklin, Jamie Cullum and many more.

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