Praised for his warm, lyrical sound,
Malcolm Aiken’s music traverses the rich textures of jazz, world and pop music. His latest album, "New Futures" (2016), is dubbed-out jazz with deep grooves, ambient textures and vintage synths. A synergy that recalls the sounds of Bob James and electric Miles, with modern beats inspired by J Dilla, Flying Lotus and Robert Glasper.
Based in Vancouver, Malcolm is an international touring artist, music educator and producer with TrebleFive Records, a music label he co-founded in 2010. He has performed with an impressive array of artists including latin jazz legend Chucho Valdez, Noel Gallagher of Oasis, R&B Hall of Fame singer Dutch Robinson, Polaris-prize winning band Patrick Watson and salsa superstar Jimmy Bosch. He's played for international audiences at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, and for world figures including the Dalai Lama, Reverend Desmond Tutu and Shirin Ebadi.
Malcolm is featured annually with his groups in concerts across Canada and abroad, recent highlights include performances in Hong Kong, Mexico City, Holland and Hawaii. He is a regular performer at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the Whistler Music Festival, and the Harmony Arts Festival.
In addition to performing with his own band, Malcolm leads and tours with several projects, including latin dance band Mazacote and world fusion collective Tanga. He is a soloist with orchestras, jazz big bands and experimental music projects, and has performed internationally in concerts in the United States, Europe and Asia.
As a producer, his latest release "Havanaelectro" was nominated for the 2014 Western Canadian Music Awards: World Recording of the Year and the 2014 Canadian Folk Music Awards: World Group of the Year. He released his debut solo album"Paper Star" in 2010.
As an educator, he is an in-demand adjudicator, clinician and pedagogue. From 2005-2016, he served as director of brass at the award-winning West Vancouver Youth Band and holds faculty positions at the annual Sun Peaks Music Festival, and the Whistler Music Festival. He holds a Masters degree in ethnomusicology from the University of British Columbia, studied privately in New York and San Francisco, and has led workshops and master classes in Canada and Asia.
Malcolm is endorsed by AMT Microphones and is a Stomvi Brass Performing Artist, playing exclusively Stomvi brand trumpets and flugelhorns.
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MAQ, New Futures, TrebleFive Records (2016)
Mazacote, Nueva Era, TrebleFive Records (2015)
Pacifika, Amor Planeta, Six Degree Records (2014)
Tanga, Havanaelectro, Treblefive Records (2013) [listen][video]
Mazacote, Salsa Dura EP, TrebleFive Records (2012) [listen]
Listen to Understand Vol. 2, Yyoga/Nettwerk Records (2011)
Jennifer Hershmann, These Are the Ways, Independent (2011)
Laine Henderson, Occasional Raine, Independent (2011)
Listen to Understand Vol. 1, Yyoga/Nettwerk Records (2010)
Malcolm Aiken Quartet, Paper Star, TrebleFive Records (2010) [listen] [buy]
C.R. Avery, The Great Canadian Novel, Independent (2009)
Corbin Murdoch and the Nautical Miles w/ East Van Brass, Wartime Lovesong, Jericho Beach Music (2009)
St. Pierre, Vagabond, Independent (2008)
Tanga, Simmer and Serve, TrebleFive Records (2007) [buy]
Mazacote, Nueva Era (2015)
Tanga, Havanaelectro (2013)
Bembe Asao, Music of Los Sitios (2012)
Mazacote, Salsa Dura EP (2011)
Malcolm Aiken Quartet, Paper Star (2010)
Tanga, Simmer and Serve (2007)