Bassist and composers Sage Reynolds is highly active on the Montréal music scene performing and writing in a variety of musical styles and contexts (including: jazz, world music, folk, pop, and rock.) Originally from Ottawa, Ontario, he moved to Montréal in the mid-nineties to pursue his studies and make a life for himself as a professional musician.
Sage has performed and recorded with many different musicians and groups, as a double-bassist, electric bassist, vocalist, and/or guitarist, such as: Sage Reynolds- The Long Drift, Sage Reynolds Quartet, Life in Winter, Thomas Hellman, Jordan Officer, Courtney Wing, Laurel Sprengelmeyer, Marcus Paquin, Brad Barr, Andrew Barr, Ben Shemie, Matt Lipscombe, Julian Brown, Jade McNelis, Stars, Land of Talk, Sarah Neufeld, Amon Tobin, Ismail Fencioglu, Shtreiml, Kaba Horo, Arboreal Quartet, Sean Craig Quintet, Gabriel Lambert Trio, André Leroux, François Bourassa, Guy Bélanger, Rick Haworth, Rita Chiarelli, Harry Manx, Bella Fleck, Rodney Brown, Sienna Dahlen, and Andrea Revel. Other musical activities include regular freelance gigging, the instruction of private students, jazz combo coaching at The McGill Conservatory of Music, bass instruction at Concordia University, and studio session work (with performance and composition on Sean Craig Quintet- Under Glass (Ora Records), performance on Amon Tobin- Foley Room (Ninja Tune), and performance and arranging on Stars- "Your Ex-Lover is Dead" Single (Arts & Crafts), among others- see "Discography" for more info).
In March of 2007 Sage founded an indie rock band called Life in Winter in which he is the primary songwriter, as well as lead vocalist, bassist, and guitarist (guitar on some songs.) Life in Winter has played several shows in Montréal (including dates at POP Montréal) and have recording their material with such engineers as Marcus Paquin (Arcade Fire, The National, Stars, Torngat, Little Scream), Vid Cousins (Amon Tobin, Moondata) and George Massenburg (Beck, Toto, Frank Sinatra, Journey.) In 2011 Sage received a Research and Creation grant for this project from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. Life in Winter's self-titled debut album was released independently on October 29, 2012.
Sage was awarded the "Prix Étoiles Galaxie de Radio-Canada" at the 2005 Montréal International Jazz Festival for his compositions "Saturday Afternoon" and "On the Wall". In October 2005 his quartet opened for John Scofield at the famous Spectrum. Sage Reynolds Quartet played a second and third concert at the MIJF in 2006 & 2008 and performed at both the Ottawa International Jazz Festival and l'OFF Festival de Jazz de Montréal in June of 2007. "On the Wall", Sage's first full length CD as a composer/band-leader/producer, was released in September of 2006 on Effendi Records (Mtl, FND067.)
In addition to his work in the Province of Québec, Sage has performed elsewhere within Canada's borders, including concerts and festival appearances in Toronto (including NXNE & Planet IndigenUS), Ottawa, Thunder Bay, Red Rock (Live from the Rock Folk Festival), Owen Sound (Summerfolk Music Festival), Winnipeg (Folk Fest) and Vancouver (Vancouver International Jazz Festival). He has performed internationally in locations such as Alaska, Central America, South East Asia, New York, NY, Merida, Mexico (at the 2005 Merida Jazz Festival Internacional), Austin, Texas (at the 2006 Folk Alliance Conference), and Toulouse, France (performing with Thomas Hellman at the 2012 Marathon des Mots literary festival.)
The bulk of Sage's musical training occurred while
completing his Bachelor of Music Degree, Majoring in Jazz Performance, at McGill University (2000). Other
training has included several years of private study (w/ Jordan O'Connor,
Michel Donato, Alec Walkington, and others) as well as participation in
numerous masterclasses and seminars, including bass masterclasses with Mark
Dresser, Drew Gress, & Larry Grenadier, and participation in The International
Jazz Workshop at The Banff Centre for the Arts (1999), where he played and
studied with Dave Holland, Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas, and Kenny Werner.