Brian Sanderson,  Musician,  
Celebrates 2014 Juno Award Win


Brian is a songsmith, teacher and multi-instrumentalist.  He has been involved with music on stage, in theatre and dance and on film at home and abroad for more than 15 years and has been instrumental in the creation of one of Canada's most prolific community recording labels (Backlash Recordings - Peterborough, Ontario) and is Co-Director of Radio Free Networks, an Internet radio service. As an instrumentalist, Brian has worked with a diverse range of artists including Grier Coppins, Pat Temple, David Torkanowsky, Rob Wannamaker and Catfish Willie. He was a member of the well known Peterborough band, The Silver Hearts and has released four solo recordings. Most recently he created a soundtrack for the film, "Business as Usual" by Joe Hiscott which has been screened at more than 30 film festivals internationally in the past year. His score for "Vanishing Currents", a play by the Caravan Stage Company recently completed its second season on European stages. Mr. Sanderson has two daughters.(from

 With his latest group,  “Esmerine”,  Brian has celebrated winning the 2014 Juno Award for the Instrumental Album of the Year - “Dalmak”.  The group is made up of Bruce Cawdron (Godspeed You! Black Emperor) with co-founder and cellist Rebecca Foon (Silver Mt. Zion, Set Fire To Flames); with percussionist Jamie Thompson (Unicorns, Islands) and multi-instrumentalist Brian Sanderson. European tours in 2011-2012 took Esmerine to Istanbul, where the group's enthusiastic reception led to an invitation for an artist residency. Dalmak is a Turkish verb with many connotations: to contemplate, to dive into, to bathe in, to plummet. Esmerine presents some of its most richly minimal and intimate music alongside what is surely its most explosive, energized and ornate.

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