“The musicianship is impeccable. Not a missed beat or sour note to be found.” Jef Peace – PeaceWork Music
Spencer Murray is a woodwind player specializing in Saxophone, Bagpipes, Flute, Whistles and Clarinet. At the age of 23 he is already emerging as an exciting new voice on the Canadian music scene.
Growing up Spencer was exposed to Scottish music at an early age by his father and after some persistent persuasion took up the Bagpipes at 8 years old. By age 13 he was a Pipe major in The Edmonton Boys Pipe band, leading the group to provincial titles in grades 4 and 5 while winning numerous solo awards and scholarships along the way. In 2004 he traveled to Glasgow, Scotland with the band where they won the World Bagpipe Championships in the Novice Juvenile category.
At age 16 Spencer took up the Saxophone, studying under Juno nominated Saxophonist Kent Sangster, and in under a year was accepted to the nationally acclaimed Grant MacEwan music program. In his two years there he excelled in the program and by graduation he was performing outside of school with some of his professors. During his time at Grant MacEwan he was also running Edmonton’s busiest Celtic band, The Nicky Tams, in which he played Bagpipes, Flute, Low Whistles and Saxophones as well as backup vocals. The group fused traditional music from Scotland, Ireland and Nova Scotia with Jazz and Latin rhythms and was extremely successful, playing festivals stages across Alberta as well as numerous other gigs across the province.
After graduating Grant MacEwan, Spencer joined one of Edmonton’s premiere modern jazz groups, The Pulse, and in 2009 they released their debut CD to very positive reviews and a sold out Alberta tour along with solid radio play on local and provincial radio stations. Their self-titled album is available on iTunes.
Spencer Murray is a diverse and talented player, able to switch between instruments and move across genre’s without a drop in quality. He’s a performer whose experience and skill set have kept him in high demand and see’s him regularly crossing the country for concerts and festivals. He’s worked as official piper to the lieutenant governor of Alberta, opened for The Grand Mothers (Mothers of Invention) and performes regularly with 2 time Canadian Grandmaster fiddle champion Julie Fitzgerald.
Some of the many other groups and artists Spencer has performed with include folk singer Kaley Bird, Harpist Keri-Lynn Zwicker, Jazz guitarist Jamie Philp and The Single Malt Orchestra, a 12 piece Celtic big band. Currently Spencer is splitting his time between Toronto and Edmonton as he finishes up his Bachelor of Music Degree from Humber College.