JOEL MILLER WITH SIENNA DAHLEN: DREAM CASSETTE
Juno Award-winning saxophonist Joel Miller has spent most of his life happily ignoring convention. Fluidly crossing the boundaries of jazz, latin, classical, and pop, on his latest recording, Dream Cassette, the saxophonist’s irreverent spirit is in full flight. At first glance, the 45-minute album is a tribute to the 80s pop music of his New Brunswick youth. But the album reaches deeper, plucking from Miller’s memories of skateboard culture. The record reveals a poignant loss in the musician’s life—his nephew Isaac was only 14 when he died. Indeed, a photograph of the teen taking flight on a skateboard was the catalyst for the project, reflected in the album’s eclectic and infectious style, complete with a driving rock beat and acoustic interlude.
Singer Sienna Dahlen is the perfect foil for Miller—her emotionally enthralling delivery swirling together with Miller’s tight arrangements in a confluence of oceanic current. Indeed, Miller found himself singing in the studio, a departure for the jazz saxophonist. Dream Cassette is a recording that begs to be played on repeat over a long car ride. Or, perhaps don your cassette Walkman, and hop on a skateboard—that is, if you remember how.
SEE JOEL MILLER WITH SIENNA DAHLEN | TWO SHOWS
FRIDAY JUNE 23 | CUBE LOUNGE | NOON & 10 PM