|Smart and soulful, Sillan & Young have
effortlessly been drawing in their faithful listeners with
their eclectic acoustic folk/pop, genuine songwriting and
intimate performance style for six years now. Johanna
Sillanpaa and co-led by guitarist Aaron Young, this
accomplished duo is known for their beautiful songs and
intimate show style. Aaron is one of Canada’s rising guitar
phenom’s, and Johanna is a consummate artist. Both are
accomplished with their music and dedicated to their art.
The duo is known for their live performances, and has
traveled across Canada and the U.S. playing venues ranging
in size from intimate concerts to major festival stages.
While their last album, Under My Feet, may salute their first CD Better Thing, there is certainly an evolution and newness. The folk, jazz and acoustic roots are still there, but there’s a fresher more streamlined presence that Juno winning producer Russell Broom helped make possible. For 2013 , Johanna & Aaron are excited to present a new album.
Currently in production, the album goes back to their duo roots. The album is slated for release in early 2013, and will continue demonstrate why so many people have come to love their music!
Johanna Sillanpaa has the type of voice that makes you want to stand up and shush the entire room. She’s just that good. And she’s worked hard to get there. An alumnus of both the Grand MacEwan music program in Edmonton, Alberta and the Banff School of Fine Art, Johanna has worked tirelessly to develop the strong, sultry and introspective voice that could be described as one part Erykah Badu and one part Norah Jones. She’s got the talent and the passion, but she’s incredibly smart too.
Joanna Sillanpaa knows exactly how to craft the right sound, the right lyric and the right performances style at just the right time, resulting in pure magic. Johanna's solo debut album Good Life was recently nominated for a 2007 Western Canadian Music Award, which was an incredible honour for the girl from Boras, Sweden. She’s a rare find. You almost want to keep her a secret. But don’t.
By the time Aaron Young was just 23 years old, he had already produced, arranged and performed on over 15 albums. It was clear that music wasn’t going to be in his future, it was going to be his future. With eclectic influences ranging from Randy Rhodes and Ricky Skaggs to Jim Croce and Ozzy Osborne, Young went on to perform in the world-beat stage show Barage for 5 years, touring Asia, Scandanavia, the UK, Canada and the US. Over the years he has continued to hone and shape his brilliant guitar skills and prolific writing, evolving into the well-known and well-respected artist that he is today. Aaron is proud to lend his experience, immense dedication and raw instincts to Sillan & Young as well as The Polyjesters and Monkeyking. He’s even prouder to catch the odd glimpse of himself on PBS, CBC, MTV and the BBC. Not bad for an oddball kid from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Not bad at all.
Kodi Hutchison – Double Bass
A native Calgarian, Kodi Hutchison started making his mark in the biz when some of today’s pop sensations were still in diapers. Creative, introspective and just a happy-go-lucky guy, Hutchison has established himself as one of the top call bassists in Western Canada, getting the opportunity to perform with artists like PJ Perry, Laura Crema, Dave Restivo, Owen Howard, Hugh Fraser, Paul Tobe, Ingrid Jensen, Ross Taggart, Mike Murley, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and Decidedly Jazz Danceworks along the way. As much as it’s a business, Kodi is a true artist that finds musical inspiration in the simple things. And he channels this inspiration into his work with both Sillan & Young and the Hutchison Andrew Trio.
He’s versatile, well traveled and just a really great drummer. It’s no wonder Tyler Hornby is in such high demand. While he works primarily in the jazz genre, Tyler is also a skilled Latin drummer and composer. To date Tyler has performed with such artists as Bob Mintzer, Ingrid Jensen, Frank Mantooth, Alain Caron, Brad Goode, Mikc Murley, Hugh Fraser, Tommy Banks, Chip Stephens, Shelly Berg, Ralph Bowen and Decidedly Jazz Danceworks. His taste, control and rhythmic finesse have led him on an exciting musical journey of North America, South America, Europe and back to Calgary where he performs with Sillan & Young, jazz-fusion group Terrain as well as The Tyler Hornby Quartet. In addition to a hectic performing schedule, Hornby is also busy releasing his debut acoustic jazz album entitled Shadows of a Brighter Day while teaching the jazz program at Mount Royal College. Does Tyler sleep? That’s a very good question.
Performer. Recording artist. Composer. Pianist. Teacher. Musical Director. There are very few hats that Chris Andrew doesn’t wear. As one of Canada’s finest pianists, Chris brings ingenuity, highly acclaimed technical abilities and passionate performances to the musical table, making it a table other musicians want to join. In fact the very talented Andrew has graced the stage with Josh Redman, Paquito D’Rivera, Thomas Chapin, Kirk MacDonald, Sunny Fortune, Joe LaBarbera, PJ Perry and Brad Turner. In addition to rounding out the Sillan & Young quintet, Andrew is also a member of Bomba! and the Hutchison Andrew Trio, who were both nominated for a 2006 Western Canadian Music Award. Chris was also recently given the Rising Star Award at the 2008 National Jazz Awards. His star will only continue to rise. Just watch.