• Guy Sion


  • Bio

    Born and raised in a small city on Israel’s Mediterranean coastline, Guy Sion started playing the saxophone at the age of nine. At thirteen he joined his city youth band and toured Spain, Germany, the Netherlands and China. That was also the year when Guy was introduced to Jazz. In 1998 he attended the Jazz Summer Workshop in Perugia Italy, winning a scholarship to Berklee College of Music. In 2000, he continued his higher studies at Rimon School of Music and was active in the Israeli jazz scene. He performed at different venues and festivals across Israel with his own group and with various big bands.

    In 2002 Guy relocated to the Netherlands to begin his studies at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. During his studies he performed regularly at jazz clubs and cafés around town, was part of the house band for 3 years in the monthly festival ‘Breathing Bijlmer’, a festival that introduces new talents in a multicultural setting. In April and May of 2003, he toured with the famous Dutch theatre actress Jetty Mathurin in the ‘Mathurin Meets Music’ Tour. In 2004, he also joined the Amsterdam-based band “Or Le Israel". The band preformed different styles of music from Pop to Klezmer and played at events all over Europe.

    In December 2005, after graduating, Guy moved to New York City. Inspired by the city’s life and rich music scene he continued to develop his own voice, composition and arranging skills. During those years, he played at various music venues across the city and also worked as a saxophone teacher. In May of 2009 he was invited to play a solo piece on ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ by Mussorgsky with the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra (NASO). 2010 was the year Guy released his first album ‘Half the Battle’ introducing 6 original compositions inspired by the period living in NYC.

    In late 2010 Guy relocated to Oslo, Norway and has been working as a music teacher in the Oslo area. In July 2011 Guy performed in Molde Jazz Festival with his Lennie Tristano tribute band 'Crosscurrent'.
    In January 2012 Guy released his second album 'Away' featuring Norwegian Guitar-master Bjørn Vidar Solli. 'Away' got great reviews in Allaboutjazz.com as well as in the Norwegian media (NRK P2 Kulturnytt, Aftenposten, Dagsavisen).

    Since 2013 has been playing the 1st Alto chair with both Primetime Orchestra (Bærum) and Ett Fett Storeband (Lillestrøm). Guy is co-leading "The Diaspora House", a band that deliver Jewish music from around the world (Ashkenazi, Sephardic Mizrahi) in a Jazz setting.

  • Albums

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    From the liner notes of 'Away':

    The feeling of being away, on the way, from one place to another has been following me for the last 10 years. When my parents said their goodbyes at the Tel Aviv airport in August of 2002 none of us really knew whether it was for good or just temporary. I guess time will tell. For now I am just away. Several of the definitions of AWAY at the Merriam-Webster Dictionary (“on the way, from this or that place, in another direction, out of existence, by a long distance or interval”) describe something in the feeling of living abroad or migrating to a new country. This album is inspired by that feeling.

  • Brother 5 

    From the release concert of my album 'Away'

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    The Xing

    The Xing is a Modern jazz quartet from Oslo, Norway. Formed in 2013 by Guy Sion - Saxophones Ole-Bjørn Talstad - Piano Daniel Lind - bass Gunnar Sæter - Drums

    Cannonball 5 Tribute

    Live at Herr Nilsen 01.02.2017
    Guy Sion - Alto Saxophone
    Roy Nikolaisen - Trompet
    Lorenzo Nardocci - Piano
    Andreas Dreier - Bass
    Tom Olstad - Drums

    Where Birds Groove

    I shot these videos during the summer 2013, mostly in the south of Norway. They feature the beautiful sights of Vrengen, Arendal and the way through the Reddal Canal. What a great summer!
    Coming back to Oslo, I experimented with composing background music to the videos. This is my first attempt at doing something like this and here's the result. 

    Hafla Blues

    The Diaspora House, featuring Saffa Al- Saadi on Darbuka, performing live at Herr Nilsen in Oslo

    The Cannonball 5 Tribute Band

    The band pays homage to the great quintet of Julian Cannonball Adderley and his brother, Nat Adderley.

  • Performances

    A list of my upcoming performances. If you are coming, don't forget to come by and say hello!

    • 22/04/17 - The Cannonball 5 Tribute Band at Asker Jazz, Lancelot, Asker - Click for event link
    • 19/04/17 - Paris Jazz Nights - Gildas Le Pape inviterer Guy Sion - Click for event link
    • 01/04/17 - Øystein Sunde 70-års jubileumskonsert - Oslo Spektrum Arena - Click for event link
    • 29/03/17 - Ett Fett gjør Collins & Genesis at Lillestrøm Kultursenter - Click for event link
    • 27/03/17 - Mandagsjazz på Smia with Eirik Svela and Håkon Bjørgo - Click for event link
    • 26/03/17 - Big Band Sunday: Sandvika Storband feat. Øyvind Brække at Herr Nilsen - Click for event link
    • 01/03/17 - Onsdagsjazz på Sagene Lunsjbar - Click for event link
    • 15/02/17 - Ett Fett Storband - Private event
    • 01/02/17 - The Cannonball 5 Tribute Band at Herr Nilsen, Oslo - Click for event link
    • 26/01/17 - Duo with Eirik Berg Svela at Oslo Rådhuset - Private event
    • 20/01/17 - Oslo Stringswing Kollektiv + gjester at Djangofestival 2017 - Click for event link
    • 14/01/17 - Ett Fett Storband - Private event
    • 27/11/16 - Julekonsert with Ett Fett Storband, Lillestrøm, 20-22.
    • 24/11/16 - Primetime Orchestra playes Michel Camilo More Info
    • 19/10/16 - Paris Jazz Nights – Gildas Le Pape with Henriette Vaagsnes, Guy Sion, Magne Føreland at Uhørt, Oslo 19-22, free entrance.
    • 15/10/16 - Romerike Storbandfestival - with Ett Fett Storband and Skedsmo storband
    • 25/09/16 - The Diaspora House på Kampenjazz - Click for event link
    • 16/09/16 - Kulturnatt i Munchmuseet - The Guy Sion trio featuring Bjørn Vidar Solli and Julian Haugland - More info
    • 25/08/16 - LATE NIGHT i Munchmuseet - The Guy Sion trio featuring Bjørn Vidar Solli and Julian Haugland - More info
    • 21/06/16 - The Guy Sion trio featuring Bjørn Vidar Solli and Julian Haugland - (Private event)
    • 16/06/16 - Ett Fett Storband på Byfesten - Steely Dan Tribute - Lillestrøm - Click for event link
    • 16/06/16 - 'Jazzy James' with Gildas Le Pape, Stian Vågen Nilsen and Felix Peikli at 'Uhørt' Oslo 19:00
    • 11/06/16 - Ett Fett Storband på Trygve Madsen festivalen - More info
    • 26/05/16 - Sibiu Jazz Festival - Sibiu Romania - More info
    • 24/05/16 - The Jewish Community - Bucharest Romania - More info
    • 24/05/16 - The National University of Music - Bucharest Romania - More Info
    • 23/05/16 - Green House Jazz Cafe - Bucharest Romania - More info
    • 06/05/16 - 'Sharp 9' at Herr Nilsen, Oslo - Click for event link
    • 28/04/16 - 'Ett Fett Storband' at Lillestrøm Kultursenter - 'Power Night'
    • 07/04/16 - Ett Fett gjør Ett Fett - Lillestrøm Kultursenter - Click for event link
    • 17/02/16 - 'Jazzy James' with Gildas Le Pape and Stian Vågen Nilsen at 'Uhørt' Oslo 19:00
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