June 27, 2019
We’ve been working for a few years now to get this young up and coming artist to JazzFest. This year we succeeded.
Categorizing the diverse sound of vocalist/trumpet player Tara Kannangara is a difficult proposition. This JUNO- nominated artist is meshing Jazz, Pop, Electronic-synth music, musical theatre and whatever moves her. This hasn’t stopped her from cultivating a singular voice that is captivating audiences all over North America.
Growing up in Chilliwack, BC, she studied classical piano and singing from an early age. She was active in musical theatre and choirs, then picked up the trumpet in high school, concentrating on classical before later moving into jazz. Tara studied at the University of Victoria and concentrated on classical trumpet and vocals; later, Tara moved to Toronto to pursue jazz studies at the University of Toronto where she came into her own as a performer and songwriter.
Joining Tara are Chris Pruden on Keyboards/Piano, Matthew Fong on Guitar, Julian Anderson-Bowes on Bass and Mackenzie Longpre on Drums.