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Ryan Oliver is a Juno-nominated, Victoria-based, saxophonist who honed his craft on Canada’s west coast before moving to Amsterdam, Toronto and New York. Since returning to Vancouver Island, he has maintained a busy schedule as one of Canada’s most in-demand saxophonists. His most recent recording, “Strive” features legendary jazz drummer Victor Lewis. Oliver has toured Canada, India, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Europe and the United States with the legendary eclectic jazz group, The Shuffle Demons. He is also a member of Juno award winning blues/rock performer Derek Miller’s group. The band has traveled throughout North America, including performances at the New Orleans Jazz Festival, the Aboriginal Achievement Awards (broadcast on CTV), and Toronto’s Dundas Square.

Ryan is featured in the horn section on “Derek Miller and Double Trouble,” featuring Stevie Ray Vaughn’s heralded rhythm section Double Trouble and musical icon Willie Nelson. The recording was nominated for a Juno in 2011. He has received numerous Canada Council and Toronto and Ontario Arts Council grants for touring, recording and education and was nominated for the 2013 Prix De Jazz for the Montreal Jazz Festival.

Ryan holds a Masters degree in music from Rutgers University, where he led the undergraduate big band, and has taught saxophone and ensemble clinics at universities throughout the world for over 20 years. He currently teaches saxophone to students throughout Vancouver Island and instructs student and adult jazz combos in Victoria. Oliver has worked as an adjudicator for the Fraser MacPherson Scholarship (which he also received in 1998) and the Victoria and Powell River Jazz Festivals. In 2017, Oliver took over as the Executive Director for the Comox Valley Youth Music Centre (CYMC), Canada’s longest running music camp.

Mark Crawford has an extensive background in producing, directing, and editing films, understands the full spectrum of the production process, and knows how to best help the story with his music. He currently lives in Longmont, Colorado, where he composes from a home studio, enjoys the glorious outdoors, and works on projects with his wife and producing partner, Larissa Rhodes. Mark is an Emmy-nominated composer, director, and producer who has traveled the world making films and absorbing cultures. His music and video work have been included in programs featured on National Geographic California Academy of Science, Harvard Kennedy School Fast Company, and additional music for the award-winning feature documentaries Chasing Coral (2017) and Chasing Ice (2012).