is a multi-instrumentalist, arranger, composer, and educator from a musical family of eight. Active in many idioms, he has performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra, Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Brass Project, Music on Main, Tommy Banks, Jim Brenan, Friesen Family Band, and the Caspian Ensemble, among others.
When the pandemic shut down most of his musical projects last spring, he turned to online collaboration as a medium and outlet, forming the Silas Friesen Virtual Jazz Orchestra and Cross Canada Brass. In addition, Silas has become sought after as a digital performance consultant presenting workshops and producing videos for other groups, including work contracted through Austin Kruzcek of Jazz Lesson Videos. Silas is a frequent writer for the Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra, and has also been commissioned by Grant MacEwan University, the University of Saskatchewan, and the Strata New Music Festival.
is a vibrant new collective exploring everything from baroque to gospel to jazz fusion, through our flagship projects Caspian Ensemble and Friesen Family Band. Sharing a wealth of musical experience and instrumental possibilities, Silas, Simone, Godwin, Amos, Junia, and Caspian carry on the tradition of family music-making established in the Friesen Family Band. Keep an eye out for new projects on YouTube ( Friesen Studios ) and Bandcamp ( Friesen Family Band ), and contribute their creative process on Patreon ( Friesen Studios on Patreon ).