Tara Kannangara - voice/trumpet
Chris Pruden - piano/keyboards
Colin Story - guitar
Julian Anderson-Bowes - bass
Mackenzie Longpre - drums
Categorizing her diverse sound is a difficult proposition. Juno- nominated artist, Tara Kannangara's preferred tag is "Groove-Based Indie Jazz," for elements of melodic indie pop are seamlessly meshed with fresh jazz grooves. Similarly, the mellow feel of her trumpet playing neatly complements the subtle nuances of her unaffected vocal style.
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.
As a bandleader, Kannangara is quickly making a splash on the Toronto jazz scene and continues to perform all across Canada and throughout the United States with notable performances at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC and New York City's Jazz Gallery. Tara's group has been awarded the 2016 Julian Award for excellence in emerging Canadian jazz artists, the Sting Ray Rising Star Award as a part of the TD Montreal Jazz Festival and her debut album "Some Version of the Truth" has been nominated for a 2016 Juno Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year.
Tara has had the opportunity to work and perform with leading international jazz artists, including Esperanza Spalding, Theo Bleckmann, Tim Hagans, Ran Blake, Donny McCaslin, Bry Webb, Kirk MacDonald, Andrew Downing, and Elizabeth Shepherd.