Canadian saxophonist Justin Massey is an interpreter of contemporary music based in Toronto, Ontario. With an obsession of creating new sonorities and textures through the saxophone, Justin searches for obscure and unexplored sounds offered by the instrument and its unparalleled potential to create visceral and emotional music. Justin presents music of his generation in all of his performances by commissioning new repertoire and collaborating closely with composers in search of these new sounds, often through electronic manipulation of the saxophone.
Justin completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at West Virginia University. He has previously studied at the Conservatoire de Bordeaux, and has earned degrees from Bowling Green State University, the University of Alberta, and Grant MacEwan University. He has studied with Michael Ibrahim, Marie-Bernadette Charrier, John Sampen, Allison Balcetis, and William Street.
Thoughts About Art and Community
I hope to promote Canadian arts through commissioning and performing works by Canadian composers. I strive to make technology more accessible, and offer performance suggestions and technical help for artists who wish to perform electroacoustic music. As a teacher, I hope to inspire the next generation of woodwind artists by constantly questioning and reinventing my pedagogy to fit the many unique learning styles of every student.
I offer private woodwind lessons including saxophone, clarinet, flute, and recorder. In addition I teach chamber music courses and group lessons. An avid performer of classical, chamber, and electroacoustic music, I can perform as a solo and chamber musician.
I also offer live sound engineer and live audio and video recording services for musicians in Toronto.