biography

 

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Rod Thomas Squance is quickly gaining recognition as one of Canada’s most exciting rising musicians. A brilliant soloist, Rod is very active as a solo artist and freelance percussionist in chamber, orchestral, jazz and world music settings. His collaborations with renowned international figures are numerous. He has performed with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project, clarinetist Paquito de Rivera, Japanese shakuhachi player Kojiro Umezaki, Chinese erhuist Yu Hongmei, Korean percussionist Dong-Won Kim, and North Indian tabla player Sandeep Das, as well as rising Canadian tabla payer Abbas Janmohamed, with whom Rod has given classical Indian Hindustani raga performances regularly for nearly three years. Rod’s playing can be heard on national radio broadcasts across Canada and has performed for television broadcast in Canada, the United States, and throughout Latin America.


As a soloist Rod appears in recitals regularly. Some worthy of mention include recitals for national CBC radio broadcast, the University of Calgary’s Celebrity Series, the Banff Centre for the Arts, and at various universities in Canada and the United States. He has also played as a soloist with many orchestras and ensembles. He is featured on a recent, critically acclaimed album with Ney Rosauro, and recently released a solo marimba album, Koyunbaba: the Transcriptions.


Rod holds a doctoral degree from the University of Miami, along with bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Calgary. Having received his formal training as a classical percussionist, Rod is also comfortable in jazz, having performed on jazz vibraphone and marimba in both clubs and on the concert stage. In addition to jazz Rod is also an experienced performer in many world music genres. He is a seasoned performer and scholar of Balinese gender wayang shadow theatre music, classical Indian Hindustani raga music as well as Brazilian and Afro-Cuban music.


Rod performs with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Calgary based Land’s End Chamber Ensemble, and is core member of Project Copernicus, an exciting chamber ensemble based in Miami. He teaches percussion and ethnomusicology at the University of Calgary, where he is director of the World Music Ensemble. He has served on the faculty of the Banff Centre for the Arts. Rod has studied percussion with Ney Rosauro and Glenn Price, timpani with Tom Miller, Balinese gender wayang with Brita Heimarck, a student of the renowned I Wayan Loceng of Sukawati village, Bali, Indonesia; and marimba with Leigh Howard Stevens and She-e Wu. For many years he developed his musicianship with Canadian pedagogue and violinist, Thomas Rolston.