Band

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Chad McCullough, trumpet(Chicago)
Ben Dietschi, saxophones (Toronto)
Brian Seligman, guitar (Toronto/Nashville)
Andrew Oliver, piano (London, UK)
Jesse Dietschi, bass (Toronto)
Tyson Stubelek, drums (Portland, OR)

Formed by a chance meeting in 2009 at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada, the musicians of Tunnel Six continue to reach audiences across North America with their unique approach to composition and improvisation:

Chad McCullough – trumpet

Chicago-based Trumpeter/composer Chad McCullough has been called “a thoughtful improvisor with technique to spare” by Allaboutjazz.com. In recent years he’s become one of the most in-demand modern trumpet players, headlining festivals in New York, Seattle, and throughout Canada, Europe and Russia. Besides a handful of critically-acclaimed albums under his own name, he’s also an integral member of The Kora Band, Tunnel Six, and The Spin Quartet.  As a composer, he has scored for film, written for various brass ensembles, dancers, and string quartets and quintets in both classical and jazz idioms. His works have been premiered throughout the Northwest, and heard on radio stations worldwide. He is also in high demand as an educator, and frequently speaks about the music business, and the art of music to college and high school students.  He has been involved with mentoring projects run by the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, the radio station KPLU, and has done educational outreach in several nationally-recognized high school music programs. He has played and arranged for the Disneyland College Band, played both piano and trumpet in the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and in 2009 he attended the jazz workshop at the Banff Centre in Canada.  As a trumpet player who constantly obsesses over sound, Chad endorses Hub Van Laar trumpets and flugelhorns, and Facet Mutes.

Ben Dietschi – tenor and soprano sax

Toronto based saxophonist & composer Ben Dietschi has appeared at major festivals and venues across Canada, Europe, and the U.S. His most recent projects include the international modern jazz collective Tunnel Six, and the Spectrum Composers Collective. He also regularly performs as a sideman in many of Toronto’s top jazz and creative music ensembles.  Ben has developed, produced, and directed a diverse set of projects ranging from concert music to creative crossover projects with world, folk and popular genres. As a performer and composer Ben has been recognized and supported by several arts organisations in the public and private sector. During graduate studies at the University of Toronto he studied performance and composition with Canadian luminaries such as Tim Ries, Andrew Downing, Gary Kulesha & Terry Promane.  While serving as Artistic Director of Chamber-Jazz collective Spectrum Music, Ben is also Outreach Programs Manager at Soundstreams, a leading presenter of Canadian new music. Tunnel Six (Origin/OA2 Records) regularly tours Canada and the U.S. As a performer, composer and director, Ben’s style reflects a broad spectrum of expression, and a continual desire to seek out new ways to affect people with creative music.

Brian Seligman – guitar

Brian is a musician of many traits originally from Toronto, Canada and now currently residing in Nashville, Tennessee.  He is a touring guitar player and multi-instrumentalist (including mandolin, dobro and lap steel).  He is currently performing with Morgan Frazier of Curb Records.  Morgan can be seen on MTV with her new video and single “Hey Bully” as well as heard on country radio throughout the US.  As a film composer he wrote “additional music” for seasons 3 and 4 of the animated series By The Rapids which airs across Canada on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN).  He has written music for the Canadian Film Centre’s Through The Lens series as well as many animated shorts that were featured internationally at various festivals.  In 2011 Brian was co-organizer of the Screen Composer’s Guild of Canada’s annual Match-Up Program in which he produced the large orchestral recording session held at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).  His compositions have been recorded by the Royal Conservatory Orchestra at CBC’s Glenn Gould Performance Hall.  Brian has been fortunate enough to work along side veteran film composers Donald Quan (Relic Hunter) and Rob Carli (Murdoch Mysteries).  Brian has also performed with Juno Award winning hip hop artist Shad, and is currently performing with singer/songwriters Gavin Shea and Luthi. 

Andrew Oliver – piano

Andrew Oliver is a pianist and composer from Portland, Oregon now living in London, England.  He started piano at the age of 3, and grew up playing classical piano and cello, before delving into the realm of improvised music while in high school.  His original group, the Andrew Oliver Sextet released 2 albums to critical acclaim in the Northwest before disbanding in 2010.  After traveling to Africa in 2007 as part of the U.S. State Department’s “Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad” program, Andrew founded The Kora Band, a Seattle-based group blending West African traditions and jazz.  The group’s second album “Cascades (OA2 Records) won “2010 NW Jazz Album of the Year” from Earshot Jazz and peaked at #12 on the U.S. World Music Radio Charts.  The Kora Band was recently awarded a Chamber Music America New Jazz Works Grant in 2012 for a new album-length work and recording.The Oregon Arts Commission awarded Andrew a 2011 Fellowship and a Career Opportunity Grant allowing him to travel to New York for studies with the well-known composer John Hollenbeck in the spring of 2011. Andrew was the co-founder of the Portland Jazz Composers’ Ensemble, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in Oregon which commissions and performs new works by local jazz composers for 14-piece ensemble and works to encourage the creation and dissemination of jazz and creative music in the region and is now involved in London’s vibrant jazz scene.

Jesse Dietschi – bass

Toronto bassist Jesse Dietschi (B.Mus, M.Mus) is a versatile musician with a wide variety of skills and experiences at his disposal. He has studied double-bass with Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Assistant Principal bassist Stan Label, and has earned both Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Performance and a Master of Music degree in Composition from Brandon University (Brandon, Manitoba), studying with composer T. Patrick Carrabre. Serving as the Jazz Bass instructor at Brandon University and the International Music Camp (North Dakota), and playing in clubs, concerts, and festivals across Canada, Jesse has quickly gained acclaim as a versatile musician, with an original voice as both a bassist and composer. He is currently completing a Masters degree in Jazz Performance at the University of Toronto, where he studies with Andrew Downing and David Occhipinti.

Tyson Stubelek – drums

Drummer Tyson Stubelek began playing drums at the age of three under the guidance of his father, also a drummer. As a youth, Tyson got involved in the music scene in his hometown of Portland, OR, playing in a number of youth symphonies and jazz bands. Upon meeting and hearing Elvin Jones play live at age twelve, Tyson began to focus intently on being a jazz musician. He began studying with renowned Portland drum gurus Alan Jones, and Mel Brown, to whom he attributes much of his musical understanding. Presently, Tyson resides in New York City where he moved in 2009 after completing a Master of Music degree at the New England Conservatory in Boston, where he studied with legendary musicians Billy Hart, Rakalam Bob Moses, Danilo Perez, and Jerry Leake. He also teaches drum lessons, and has performed and toured extensively across the United States, Canada, and the UK.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $157 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

Nous remercions le Conseil des Arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 157 millions pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.

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The recording and release of the Tunnel Six debut album “Lake Superior” has been funded in part by the Regional Arts and Culture Council.

L’enregistrement et production de leur album “Lake Superior” est partiellement financé par le Regional Arts & Culture Council.

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