Miles Perkin

  • Composer • Performer (double bass, voice)

At 24 years of age, acoustic bassist Miles Perkin is quickly becoming a prominent figure on the Montréal music scene. He is currently involved with the creative music projects of Thom Gossage (Other Voices), the François Bourassa Quartet, the Frank Lozano Quintet, Tom Walsh (Noma and Phat Hed), the Marianne Trudel Trio, Philippe Lauzier (Lauzier Kuster Perkin Trio), d’Erik Hove (Soundclash, Quatuor Erik Hove) and the Mont Royal Double Bass Quartet.

Miles has attended the Jazz Workshop at the Banff Centre for the Arts on two occasions. There, he performed in concert with Joe Lovano, Chris Potter, and Django Bates. In 2003, he attended Brandon University to study composition with Bob Brookmeyer. Miles holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from McGill University. He was recently awarded a study grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, and he will be spending most of 2006 furthering his education in New York City.

Miles’career highlights include a duo concert with American Jazz legend Bob Brookmeyer, performances with New York-based saxophonist Dave Binney and three Canadian jazz festival tours. Miles has performed at most of the major jazz festivals across Canada including those in Montréal, Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, St. John’s, Dawson City, and Halifax. Additionally, he has recorded for CBC Radio’s Jazz Beat on several occasions.

Miles frequently performs and/or collaborates with many of Montréal’s finest musicians including Steve Amirault, Rémi Bolduc, Lori Freedman, Kelsley Grant, Christine Jensen, Renée Lee, André Leroux, Joel Miller, Charles Papasoff, Rainer Wiens, and JS Williams, among others.

While keeping a busy performance schedule, Miles is also a prolific composer. He leads the five-piece ensemble Common Thread, which performs his original compositions exclusively. The Canada Council for the Arts sponsored Miles’ debut CD with Common Thread, to be released in the Fall of 2005 on the ombú label.