“… solid performance and writing chops.” – Downbeat Magazine
Saxophonist Monik Nordine has received several prestigious arts awards and appears on the Juno Award nominated album Cruel Yet Fair (1997) with John Korsrud’s Hard Rubber Orchestra. She has toured with Hugh Fraser’s band VEJI and recently completed a residency in Stockholm, Sweden with funding from the Canada Council for The Arts and the BC Arts Council to work with Ann Sofi Söderqvist. In 2016 she was commissioned by Vancouver Island University to compose a work for the VIU Jazz Ensemble.
Monik is the director of The Victoria Jazz Orchestra and has led that group in the Victoria and Nanaimo International Jazz Festivals and performed with the Mingus Dynasty Band and pianist Dave Kikosky. She has also shared the stage with award-winning musicians such as Ian McDougall, Guido Basso, Matt Catingub, David Foster, Campbell Ryga, PJ Perry, Michael Buble, Rob McConnell, Tommy Banks, and Brad Turner and has toured Canada widely performing in the Montreal, Regina, Calgary, Vancouver, Victoria, and Medicine Hat jazz festivals with The Monik Nordine Trio/Quartet and with Canadian greats, guitarist Pat Coleman and saxophonist Mike Allen. Monik holds a Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance and Composition from McGill University and teaches at the Victoria Conservatory of Music in Victoria, BC, Canada at her home studio and now online. She has studied privately in London (UK), Stockholm (Sweden) and New York (NY).
Having recorded four albums as a leader: Live in Stockholm (2021), The Old-New Town (2017), Departure (2010), and Not Just To But Over the Moon (1998), the next one will be a jazz orchestra album of her own compositions.
Monik is an artist of Swedish and Roma ancestry. To read her English translation of the book Roma History and Cultural Heritage in Sweden (Åkerfeldt, Bennie; Förlags Tryckeriet Vitterleken; 2018) you can follow her on Patreon