Pacific Blackwood is a group of four clarinetists who have been seduced by the dark chocolate warmth and power of the bass clarinet, “The King of the Instruments.” We want to seduce you, too! Initially formed to perform Fred Stride’s Metamorphosis Suite, the group continues to delight audiences with their exploration of the spooky, funny, dreamy, mysterious and compelling dark timbre of their friendship in low places.
Pacific Blackwood are:
Chuck is a clarinetist and saxophonist who performs with the Vancouver Island Symphony, the Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Sax Noir Sax Quartet, the Band of the 15th Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery, Pacific Blackwood, the Vancouver Saxophone Ensemble and is the proprietor of Sax Noir Studio. Chuck is a Backun Canada and a Conn Selmer artist performing exclusively on Morales-Backun Clarinets, Selmer Privilege Bass Clarinets, Yanagisawa Silver Sonic Saxophones, Trevor James “Raw” Saxophones, and Morales-Backun bells, barrels and mouthpieces on all clarinets. Chuck is a Canadian Champion for Music Education, a spokesman and performer for the Coalition for Music Education.
Mike is a clarinetist and bass clarinetist specializing in classical and new music. He studied with Wes Foster and Charles Niedich and holds Bachelor of Music, Master of Music and Master of Education degrees.
He performs with the Kamloops Symphony and the Ventos Wind Quintet along with Pacific Blackwood. An advocate for new music and Canadian compositions, he has worked with Vancouver New Music, the Turning Point Ensemble, Sonic Boom, Vancouver Pro Musica, the Erato Ensemble, and the NOW Society, and has received grants to present “New Music in New Places” for the Canadian Music Centre.
As a member of the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra performing newly composed works for Asian and Western instruments combined, Mike has a keen interest in musical cultures.
DJ studied clarinet and bass clarinet with Cris Inguanti and holds a Bachelor of Music Performance and an Artists Diploma in Orchestral Clarinet. She has also studied Music Therapy and Psychology.
DJ is a music educator and freelancing musician in Vancouver, as well as a practicing lawyer, campaigner and human rights advocate. She is a member of the Mélange New Music Ensemble, as well as Pacific Blackwood and No Strings Attached. DJ also performs with the Vancouver Symphony, the Nanaimo Symphony and the BC Chamber Orchestra.
She has served as the clarinet instructor for the Canadian Forces Reserve and as a musician in the 15th Field Artillery Regimental Band and the Ceremonial Guard Band on Parliament Hill.
Tim is Vice-Principal and Director of Music at Saint Thomas Aquinas Regional Secondary School in North Vancouver, where he has taught for the past twenty-five years. His ensembles have performed at festivals each year and have travelled to Washington, Oregon, California and Japan.
Tim has performed regularly on clarinet and bass clarinet with the West Coast Symphony since 1988, and also enjoys opportunities to participate in chamber music when they arise.