Matt Lagan wants to see the world.

He’s off to a great start, too. Already, the 24-year-old saxophonist from Toronto has played at venues and festivals all across Canada. He has toured to places like Australia, New Zealand and Mexico City with Canadian jazz-fusion icons the Shuffle Demons. Nowadays, he’s living in Berlin, playing in the city’s jazz clubs, making connections and expanding his horizons as an artist and as a person.

“I’ve been interested in checking out another city since I finished school,” Lagan says. “I wasn’t sure where exactly but I knew I needed to grow in a cultural way.”

In addition to being featured on upcoming Shuffle Demons music, Lagan is planning to record an album of his own tunes with his long-running band back in Toronto.

Lagan is a winner of the Oscar Peterson Grant for Jazz Performance, a prestigious award given to one student each year from across the country. He has recorded or performed with Larnell Lewis, Kelly Jefferson, Pat LaBarbera, Ted Quinlan, Dave Restivo, Nancy Walker, Kirk MacDonald and many more.

We asked this former participant in our Jazzology program to tell us more about his adventures in music, and what we can expect in the future from this up-and-coming jazz talent.