Here is the first of many fun announcements for this show sweet people!
We are VERY excited to announce that the musical director for my show SHIFT: THE EXPERIENCE Toronto on June 9th will be none other than the incredibly talented Michael (the Hand) Shand!
Multi-instrumentalist, Arranger, Producer and Music director, Michael Shand has already spent well over half his life playing music. Winner of the coveted Oscar Peterson scholarship, he has performed and recorded with the... renowned band “Kollage’, and singer Matt Dusk. He currently serves as the musical director for both Juno winning R&B crooner Sean Jones‘ wildly successful Soul In The City residency at Casa Loma in Toronto, while plane-hopping across the world as for chart-topping, multi-platinum recording artist, Johnny Reid with his equally beautiful and talented fiancee, and Johnny Reid back up singer, Miku Graham. Shand acts as music director, arranger and bassist for vocalist Heather Bambrick, producing two acclaimed albums “It’s About Time” and “Those Were the Days”. He has released his own album, “Sing In Me Muse” and is on faculty at Humber College, Toronto.
He has dazzled audiences in Hong Kong, Paris, Jakarta, Dubai, Amsterdam, London and throughout North America with such artists as Molly Johnson, Divine Brown, PartynextDoor, UK artist Omar, Glenn Lewis, Gerald Eaton of the Philosopher Kings, Jully Black, Jacksoul and Kardinal, jazz-crooner Matt Dusk, Kreesha Turner and powerhouse jazz-vocalist, DK Ibomeka for whom Michael also serves as musical director. Added to his resume most recently were recordings with Shannon Butcher for her new-release, “Words We Both Can Say” and a piano and arranging credit for Ibomeka’s newly-released sophomore album “I’m Your Man”.
Like so many young players who define this unique generation, raised in an era of unprecedented musical diversity and accessibility, Michael exhibits a creative energy that encompasses many genres. Blues, reggae, hip-hop, funk, house, R&B, soul and Latin music are the raw elements that form his identity as a performer, writer and arranger, but jazz is the common thread that binds them all together.
He began piano lessons at the age of 13 and progressed quickly through the Royal Conservatory of Music’s classical system, completing grade ten after a span of only four years.
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Photography by: Mike Peleshok
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