The fresh sound of jazz

Sienna Dahlen has that classical jazz sound in her voice. That is to say, it is what you think of when you think of small, smoky rooms and tight bands cooling up the place.

But, just as jazz is forever evolving, Dahlen is now writing and performing a fusion of folk and pop.

“I like to keep it as fresh as I can,” she says over the phone from her Toronto home-office before kicking off her first cross-Canadian tour to support her fourth independent CD, Off the Floor … Into the Garden.

It is a tour that brings her Sienna Dahlen Quartet to the Yukon Arts Centre Sunday, March 29 as part of Jazz Yukon’s Jazz on the Wing Series.

Focusing on the audience, “I like when people say they can relate to the sad songs as well as the happy songs.

“I try to make people feel at ease when I sing and, you know, it is therapy for me.

“You are expressing your innards, your emotions; just the process of singing is opening oneself up and communicating a message.

“Jazz is improvising and I try to make it as fresh as it can be and that, in itself, is relaxing by creating something in the moment.”

This Whitehorse leg of her tour is almost like coming home as she grew up in Dawson Creek.

After this, she will head to Europe for a 13-date tour with a Danish and French trio.

Tickets for the Sunday, March 29 performance, at 7:30 p.m., are available at the Yukon Arts Centre Box Office and Arts Underground.

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