Praised for his warm, lyrical tone, Canadian Trumpeter/Producer Malcolm Aiken’s music weaves the sounds of jazz, world and pop. His bold new album "New Futures" showcases Malcolm's three year residency at Guilt & Company, Vancouver's celebrated live music hub. The sound is dubbed-out jazz soul with down tempo grooves, ambient textures, and vintage synths that set the mood for his lyrical trumpet tone. A synergy emanates that recalls the sounds of Bob James and electric Miles, with modern beats inspired by J Dilla, Flying Lotus and Robert Glasper.
Based on the west coast, Malcolm is an international touring and recording artist who 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.
As an educator, he is an in-demand adjudicator, clinician and pedagogue. From 2005-15, he served as director of brass at the award-winning West Vancouver Youth Band, and currently holds faculty positions at the annual Sun Peaks Music Festival, and the Whistler Music Festival. He has 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 a Stomvi Brass Performing Artist and endorsed by AMT Microphones and Matterhorn Music.
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Malcolm Aiken, 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, 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)