Jodi Proznick, Amanda Tosoff lead new Canadian jazz supergroup The Ostara Project
A new Canadian jazz supergroup co-led by bassist Jodi Proznick and pianist Amanda Tosoff has announced its self-titled debut album.
Named after the Germanic goddess of the spring equinox, the all-female The Ostara Project also features vocalist Joanna Majoko, trumpeter Rachel Therrien, alto saxophonist Allison Au, guitarist Jocelyn Gould and drummer Sanah Kadoura.
The group’s debut album showcases the talents of seven musicians who, collectively, hold three Juno Awards, nine Juno nominations and numerous National Jazz Awards. Each artist is a bandleader and composer in her own right and the lineup represents Canada’s geographic, cultural and ethnic diversity.
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The Ostara Project was recorded in just four days in February of 2022.
The group also filmed a documentary called Change the Tune, produced by Lisa Buck, executive director of the BJP Music Foundation, and funded by the Canada Council. The documentary features the musicians candidly discussing the challenges faced by female jazz musicians.