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Joss Cano

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In 1985, Joss Cano was selected as a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. He played under the direction of Ole Schmidt, a disciple of Danish composer Carl Nielson, who gave Joss his first conducting score for Prokofiev’s Cinderella Suite as an inspiring gift for the young musician he addressed as "very gifted." The 1984 National Arts Center Orchestra Prize followed, and Cano made his conducting debut in Canada and the US at the Aspen Music Festival Percussion Ensemble and while creating arrangements for strings during NYO’s summer tour. In the late 80’s Cano was a regular percussionist with the Ottawa Symphony and the National Arts Center Orchestra. Among the conductors and colleagues with whom Joss holds fond performance memories are Academy of St-Martin in the Fields founding member Simon Stratfeild, and the late Erich Kunzel, conductor of the Boston Pops and National Symphony, with whom he performed on several occasions with the NAC Orchestra. As Musical Director Joss conducted classical and Broadway stars such as Karajan Gold Medalist Violinist Hanna Starosta, British soprano Fiona Jessica Wilson, and the world’s longest running Phantom of the Opera, Frank D’Ambrosio. A regular director-producer and music consultant for the Musiqueplus-Musimax and BRAVO! networks in Canada in the 90’s, Cano conducted in depth interviews with many notable recording artists. He served as Choir Master and guest conductor of the Coastside Community Orchestra in northern California. As a pure Generation X multi-disciplinary and versatile performer, Joss as played live music for over four decades in such varied styles as country, punk with WD 40, jazz combos with the Starlighters and the Savoy Swing Band, blues with the Victor Nezrala Blues Band, and most recently classic/alternative rock with Poetic License. Live DJ performances include DJ Aubry with the Combo Nouveau at the Montreal International Jazz Festival. His passion for Afro Cuban Music led him to produce documentaries with all the members of the Buena Vista Social Club that were nominated for the Canadian Prix Gémaux. Joss holds a B.A. degree in music from Ottawa University and a M.A. degree in music from Université de Montréal, Canada. He also earned a Television Production Certificate from the British Broadcasting Corporation, London, where he conducted interviews with members of the London Symphony Orchestra as part of a documentary project. With his wife Zaylin Eleni Cano, Joss co-directs the Broadway Workshop Program at IPBA. Over the last decade Joss and Zaylin have worked on original productions of the Time Travelers and Fame Academy, classics such as West Side Story and Disney’s the Beauty and the Beast JR. They are founders of MusiCali Kids and the Cano Cie offering workshops in southern California. Joss is also a Student Advisor for the Inspire School Network where their oldest son, Ethan-Jean, is enrolled.

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