Named after the Germanic goddess of the spring equinox, the all-female The Ostara Project also features vocalist Joanna Majoko, trumpeter Rachel Therrien, alto saxophonist Allison Au, guitarist Jocelyn Gould and drummer Sanah Kadoura.
The group’s debut album showcases the talents of seven musicians who, collectively, hold three Juno Awards, nine Juno nominations and numerous National Jazz Awards. Each artist is a bandleader and composer in her own right and the lineup represents Canada’s geographic, cultural and ethnic diversity.
Listen to the single Little One here:
The Ostara Project was recorded in just four days in February of 2022.
The group also filmed a documentary called Change the Tune, produced by Lisa Buck, executive director of the BJP Music Foundation, and funded by the Canada Council. The documentary features the musicians candidly discussing the challenges faced by female jazz musicians.
Here’s the track listing:
- Delta Sky
- Storms and Oceans
- Little One
- Tides Are Turning
- Bye Bye
- Bye Bye Blackbird
The Ostara Project will be released Nov. 18, 2022, via Cellar Music Group.