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Ms. Sienna Dahlen, MM

Part-time teacher, Music

Ms. Sienna Dahlen, MM
Joel Miller "Dream Cassette" recording session, Montreal, QC
Randy Cole
Website(s): Sienna Dahlen's Official Website
Bandcamp Website
Availability: I am available 5 days a week during regular teaching hours.


Sienna Dahlen is a Juno award-winning vocalist, having garnered the award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year alongside guitarist and collaborator, Mike Rud for his album « Notes On Montreal » in 2014. Sienna is also a music educator, an instrumentalist and a composer of six albums of original folk and jazz music to date. Her last album, « Verglas », received wonderful reviews and was signed to the longstanding Montreal jazz label, Justin Time Records.  Her newest record, « Ice Age Paradise » was released in the fall of 2016. The repertoire, which is played by a group of ten musicians, has been performed in several festivals and notable venues since the release, including the Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival and the Montreal International Jazz Festival. Over the past decade, Sienna has toured her music extensively across Canada, Europe, and parts of the US in addition to numerous appearances in Mexico and South America. Sienna has also collaborated on several national and international projects as a co-leader/lyricist with musicians such as Joel Miller and his last album « Dream Cassette » (Canada), Mads Baerentzen’s « Lifelines »project (Denmark), Lebanese pianist and composer, Wassim Soubra's «Dunes » album (France) and Paris-based Canadian drummer, Karl Jannuska’s « Streaming » and « The Halfway Tree »records.  Sienna also appears on Karl's latest release, « Midseason » alongside Toronto vocalist, Denzal Sinclaire. In addition to these collaborations, Sienna has been a guest vocalist on several occasions with L'Orchestre National de Jazz de Montreal and sings on Christine Jensen's latest opus, the 'Under the Influence Suite" for which she also penned the lyrics. Sienna is the featured vocalist on the soundtrack for the 2007 Oscar-winning animated short, The Danish Poet by Torill Kove (music by Kevin Dean).

"Sienna Dahlen has made a beautifully compelling record that is soulful and unique."  
Ron Sexsmith (acclaimed Canadian singer-songwriter)

"...Verglas goes from the good to the great with “Carrie,” the last of its seven cuts and a stunningly memorable, rage-filled anthem against an impending death."
Peter Goddard (Toronto Star) 4/4 stars

"...une auteure-compositrice-interprète folkie, pianiste et guitariste dont la connaissance du travail harmonique propre au jazz, aussi aux musiques classique ou contemporaine, s'avère nettement supérieure à la moyenne chansonnière." Alain Brunet (La Presse)


Teaching activities

Teaching techniques

Having written, recorded and performed my own music professionally for nearly twenty years, with six albums of original music in both folk/contemporary and jazz styles to my name, I feel I am able to bring a very wide range of knowledge to students of varying backgrounds, ages and interests.  My approach to teaching is to guide a student in directions that she or he may not have thought about going for the purpose of achieving the greatest amount of musical success on all pertinent levels. In addition to this method, I also strive to embrace what each student expresses as a need or desire in the area of their own music-making. In doing so, I am able to work in tandem with that student with the hope of nourishing their artistic growth while achieving a high level of respect and understanding for one another in the lesson setting.

In addition to my own projects, I spend my time collaborating with some of Canada's finest composers and musicians, as well as with several high profile European artists. In addition to the aforementioned styles of music that I have delved deeply into, I was also trained in extended vocalizing under the tutelage of Christine Duncan and perform experimental music of this genre in select settings.

Research activities

Artist Residency- Centro Rural de Arte, Patagonia, Argentina

May 2010


Three week international artist residency in collaboration with visual artist, Nadine Bariteau. Site specific work using found objects and sounds plus live experimental voice work. Audio sampling, editing, projection using plastic megaphone sculptures made from discarded water bottles.

Artist Residency- 360 Xochi Quetzal, Chapala, Mexico

May 2015

Month-long international residency- topics covered included songwriting, audio sampling and montage, poetry-writing, collaboration with local musicians and other artists, organized concert and exhibition.

Artist Residency- Skalar Sound Art, Seydisfjordur, Iceland

May 2016

Time Sense

Month-long collaborative residency with DJ/electronic sound designer, Marie-Hélène Brousseau in Iceland. Topics included research-related excursions, text-writing, field recordings, audio montage, composition and pre-production for an album. 


Your Voice - Invitation des intransigeantes (Yves Dorison and Simona Calder)

Upcoming performances

Upcoming Performances

July 28th, 2019
Festival de Lanaudière, Lanaudière, QC
L'Orchestre national de jazz de Montréal
"Under the Influence Suite", Composer and Conductor, Christine Jensen

August 18th, 2019
Théatre de Verdure, Montréal, QC
L'Orchestre national de jazz de Montréal
"Under the Influence Suite", Composer and Conductor, Christine Jensen

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