ABOUT GREG BRUCE
Greg Bruce is multidisciplinary artist-researcher whose unique approach to woodwinds draws from a wide variety of genres and traditions. This musical anarchist finds inspiration in every nook and cranny, from classical, jazz, folk, and pop; to interpret, improvise, and compose. As a saxophone player from one of Canada’s most creative cities, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, he can be heard playing with a wide variety of groups and on numerous recordings. Greg has performed extensively in Canada, as well as in the US and Europe.
Greg is perhaps best known for leading the award-winning “folk-funk-jazz” group, Ouroboros. Through Greg’s leadership, the band has released two full-length recordings as well as a play along book; they have performed in festivals in Canada, the US, and the UK; and they have earned two MusicNL awards, an ECMA award as well as several nominations, two NL Arts and Letters awards; and have been awarded many grants.
Greg has composed for solo saxophone, done extensive horn-section arranging, and composed for chamber ensembles using graphic scores. His is a winner of the 2016 NL Arts and Letters Awards, and his music can be heard on radio across Canada, as well as TV specials. In 2017, Greg was commissioned by the Newfoundland Symphony Youth Orchestra to write Spear and Sand, which was premiered by the NSYO in April 2018.
As an educator, Greg has been teaching for over 15 years. He has worked as an instructor at Memorial University and regularly teaches privately. He has adjudicated festivals and competitions, and has led countless masterclasses and workshops on topics ranging from saxophone technique, to improvisation, to building an electroacoustic practice.
Greg is a former dancer and helped found St. John’s first breakdance group in 2005, East Rock Crew. Over a span of 10 years, ERC toured, competed, and performed at numerous events, including the Canada Dance Festival. Greg also has extensive experience and training as a meditator and yoga practitioner. Greg is former president of AFM/CFM Local 820 – the Newfoundland and Labrador Musicians’ Association and currently works as Assistant to the Director of Administration at the CFM head office.
In 2012, Greg received his Master’s in Music Performance from Memorial University, where he was a fellow of the School of Graduate Studies and studied under the late Paul Bendzsa. Currently, Greg is splitting his time between Ontario, where he studies at the University of Toronto, and Newfoundland and Labrador.
At U of T, he studies and works as a TA in the saxophone studio of Dr. Wallace Halladay and works as an RA under Dr. Aiyun Huang. Greg’s academic pursuits at U of T centre around his practiced-based research on the analogue electroacoustic saxophone. Additionally, Greg is a Unit 1 Steward for CUPE 3902 at the Faculty of Music.
And he's vegan.