Low Orbit CD Release Tour Coming to Kingston

Published on: 2019/07/22 - in Releases

Tristan Whalen-Hughes, an Ottawa-based tuba player, hits the road for an August tour in support of his new album, “Low Orbit”, playing shows in Kingston’s Chalmers United Church MacCallum Hall, 212 Barrie St., on Thursday, August 08 at 8:00pm.

Tickets available at Eventbrite.ca

Other concert dates on the tour include: Ottawa (Gloucester Presbyterian Church, Wed-Aug-07, 8:00pm), Hamilton (Church of St. John the Evangelist, Fri-Aug-09, 8:00pm), London (New St. James Presbyterian Church, Sat-Aug-10, 8:00pm), and Cambridge (Trinity Anglican Church, Sun-Aug-11, 3:00pm).

This series of recitals will feature brand new Canadian works for tuba commissioned specifically for the album in a variety of styles ranging from contemporary classical, to jazz influence, to tuba distortion soundscapes, shining a spotlight on many advanced and innovative extended techniques for the tuba.

Also featured at these concerts will be multi-award winning Toronto-based jazz pianist Nick Maclean, “one of the most gifted young Toronto pianists to come along in the last few years.” – Adrean Farrugia, Juno winning jazz pianist


Equally at home on the stage, in the classroom, and behind the scenes, the “brilliantly talented” (Business & Arts NL) Tristan Whalen-Hughes is an active performer, teacher, and arts administrator in Canada’s National Capital Region.

He currently plays trombone in the dance band THE WAILIN’ HUES – a high energy cover band with full horn section specializing in weddings, private parties, and corporate events – and tuba with THE OTTAWA BRASS INITIATIVE – a collective of brass musicians based in the Ottawa area dedicated to inspiring a passion for brass music among audiences young and old.

Past performances have included playing as a member of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, and various military bands including the Ceremonial Guard, the Governor General’s Foot Guards, and the Royal Newfoundland Regiment.

Tristan graduated summa cum laude from the University of Ottawa’s Bachelor of Music program where he studied under Martin Labrosse. He is a Fellow of the School of Graduate Studies of Memorial University of Newfoundland where he completed the Master of Music Performance program under the guidance of Doctors Karen Bulmer (tuba) and Dale Sorensen (trombone). Tristan has also attended the Domaine Forget Summer Music Academy where he studied with Norwegian tuba virtuoso Øystein Baadsvik.


Born in Ottawa, 26-year old Nick Maclean is “a fast rising star in the Toronto jazz community” (BlogTO) and has quickly become one of the most in demand 20-something piano players in that city’s bustling jazz scene.

SNAGGLE is his groove-based all-original eclectic electric-jazz project, sporting a 6-man lineup, compositional odysseys and often compared by media to Snarky Puppy.

Nick received his Bachelors of Music from Humber College in 2013, having studied with Dave Restivo, Bernie Senensky and Nancy Walker. He then went on to do a Masters in Jazz Performance at the University of Toronto researching synthesizer pedagogy while studying under David Occhipinti, Andrew Downing, Chris Donnelly and David Braid. Braid in particular had an enormous influence on how Maclean approaches playing, composing and teaching.
Additional musical influences include the likes of the aforementioned Snarky Puppy, Weather Report, Brecker Brothers, Miles Davis (electric), Brownman Electryc Trio, Jason Lindner, Avishai Cohen (bass), Kneebody, Metalwood, Rage Against the Machine, Tool, Hiromi Uehara & Brad Mehldau.

Aside from SNAGGLE, Maclean also leads a more straight-ahead hard-swinging quartet featuring Brownman Ali on trumpet. The NICK MACLEAN QUARTET’s spirit is centered heavily around Herbie Hancock’s primordial group from the 60’s and their latest release ‘Rites of Ascension’ which was nominated for CJSF’s ‘2018 Julian Award of Excellence’, it won 3 Gold Medals at the Global Music Award in the ‘jazz’, ‘band’, and ‘album’ categories, and was featured as one of the Global Music Awards’ ‘Top 5 Albums of Spring 2018’.

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Photo (by Jenny Hutchison): tristanwhalenhughes.com