Formed in 2011, the New Brunswick-based woodwind quintet Ventus Machina quickly became a major player on Canada’s east coast classical music scene. Their flexible and dynamic style of performance—often presenting themed programs that at once engage, entertain, and educate—continues to attract and delight increasingly diverse audiences. Classically based and uncompromising in artistic quality, Ventus Machina makes regular excursions into other genres including jazz, opera, Latin and pop, challenging themselves and surprising their audiences.
Ventus Machina was honoured to be awarded Classical Artist of 2018 by Music NB at their recent Festival 506. Their latest album, In the Weeds, was launched in September 2017 and was nominated for an East Coast Music Award for Classical Album of the Year in May 2018. In November 2019, the group was featured at the French-language music industry event, Francofête en Acadie.
In addition to their many performances Ventus Machina presents two summer workshops each year; the week-long Wind Masters’ Workshop for students aged 12-22, and a chamber music retreat weekend for adults. During the school year they are found actively engaging in community outreach through their own initiatives and through partnerships with Symphony New Brunswick, Resurgo Place Museum, and multiple other artists and organizations. Individually they teach students at all levels, including at Mount Allison University and the University of Moncton.
The members of Ventus Machina are:
Karin Aurell, flute – originally from Sweden, she brings a wealth of orchestral and chamber music experience.
Christie Goodwin, oboe – hailing from Alberta, this Prairie girl has played with orchestras and chamber music groups across the country.
James Kalyn, clarinet and saxophone—renowned woodwind doubler and a professor at Mount Allison University.
Jon Fisher, horn – a BC native, Jon has played his way ever-eastward, studying in Calgary and Toronto before accepting a position in Saint John, NB, where he has made his mark as a teacher, performer and band director.
Patrick Bolduc, bassoon – with a little Quebecois ‘joie de vivre’, a lot of humour, and wide-ranging performing experience, Patrick brings boundless energy to the quintet.
Christie Goodwin is currently acting principal oboist and has been a core member of Symphony New Brunswick since 2011. She is a founding member of the Ventus Machina woodwind quintet and oboist of the Niagara Winds woodwind quintet based in Southern Ontario. She held the position of principal oboist of the Niagara Symphony until 2012 and has previously held principal and section-leader positions with the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra and Korean Canadian Symphony Orchestra. Christie has been featured with orchestras both as an oboe and English Horn soloist on multiple occasions and has appeared as a freelance musician in ensembles throughout Southern Ontario and the Maritimes.
Originally from small-town Alberta, Ms. Goodwin completed her Bachelor of Music at the University of British Columbia and the Artist's Diploma program at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory. Christie teaches oboe at the University of Moncton, has taught courses and guest-lectured at Mount Allison University and teaches private lessons from her home studio in Dieppe. She acts as co-ordinator, administrator and project manager for Ventus Machina.
Lauded by colleagues and students as a "world-class doubler", James Kalyn has built a career over the past twenty-five years as a soloist and orchestral musician of the highest calibre on both saxophone and clarinet. Grand Prize winner of the prestigious Canadian Music Competition’s International Stepping Stone division, and winner of the Fischoff national Chamber Music Competition in the USA, James Kalyn maintains an international career as a performer, conductor, and pedagogue. At Mount Allison Kalyn teaches saxophone, clarinet, and conducting, and conducts the Symphonic Band and Chamber Orchestra. He also supervises the Pep Band.
As a concert saxophonist James Kalyn has performed throughout the United States and Canada, as well as in Argentina, China, and Japan. He plays saxophone in the Cleveland Orchestra and has made a number of solo and chamber music recordings. As a clarinetist Kalyn won his first professional orchestra position while still an undergraduate student, and has played in orchestras continuously since that time.
A conductor of both orchestral and wind ensembles, James Kalyn returned to his native Canada in 2011 to take up a post as Professor of Single Reeds and Conducting at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick. Previous teaching appointments include the Eastman School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, the North Carolina School of the Arts, the University of Western Ontario, and Wilfrid Laurier University. Kalyn himself holds degrees from the University of Western Ontario, Michigan State University, and the Eastman School of Music.
Since 2005 James Kalyn has worked extensively in China, largely in connection with the Oberlin Conservatory, and studies Mandarin.
Vancouver native Jonathan Fisher has been slowly working his way across the country, first by completing his studies at the University of Calgary, the University of Toronto, and the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music, and now by situating himself in the music community of Saint John, New Brunswick. Jon's diverse interests in music, both old and new, have taken him to a variety of performance settings, making him equally at home performing from the middle of a lake or in an old parking garage as he is on stage at a concert hall. He has performed with a number of orchestras, including the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, the Calgary Philharmonic, and can currently be found performing regularly with Symphony New Brunswick. Jon is also active as a teacher, both privately and with the Sistema New Brunswick program, and is very proud of his many devoted students and their achievements.
Flutist Karin Aurell is originally from Sweden, where she spent close to 20 years as a full time symphony orchestra musician, playing for the most part in the Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra. She moved to Sackville NB in 2001, and has enjoyed life as a freelancing musician in the Maritimes ever since. She loves recording, and her latest Trio Arkaede CD, Tour de France, was released on Leaf Music in June 2014. She has two previous solo and chamber CD’s to her name—Nightingales for Katy, for solo flute, and Trio Arkaede's first self-titled album (released in June 2008).
Since her arrival in Atlantic Canada, Karin has played regularly with Symphony Nova Scotia and in the Charlottetown Festival Orchestra each summer. She is an active chamber music performer, mainly as a member of Ventus Machina, but also with NB new music group Motion Ensemble and Trio Arkaede together with Isabelle Fournier and Julien LeBlanc. She has collaborated in several projects with her sister Gerd Aurell, a visual artist based in Sweden, and the sisters' work has toured in Sweden and Canada. Karin teaches flute at Université de Moncton and Mount Allison University, and is the coach for the flute section of the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra. An avid traveller, Karin occasionally takes time away from Ventus Machina to visit the far reaches of the planet.
Karin Aurell, flûtiste, est originaire de Suède, où elle a travaillé pendant près de 20 ans comme musicienne d’orchestre, principalement avec le Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra. Depuis 2001, elle réside à Sackville, où elle a pu vivre les joies et les frustrations de la vie de musicienne pigiste dans les maritimes. Karin adore travailler en studio et son dernier album, avec le trio Arkaède, intitulé Tour de France, a été lancé par Leaf Music en juin 2014. On peut également l’entendre sur deux albums précédents, Nightingales for Katy, pour flûte solo, et le premier album du Trio Arkaède.
Depuis son arrivée au Canada, madame Aurell a joué avec Symphony Nova Scotia et le Charlottetown Festival Orchestra ainsi que comme musicienne de chambre notamment avec le groupe de musique nouvelle néo-brunswickois Motion Ensemble ainsi qu’avec Isabelle Fournier et Julien LeBlanc avec qui elle a formé le Trio Arkaède. Elle a également collaboré à plusieurs projets avec sa sœur, Gerd Aurell, artiste visuelle. Karin Aurell enseigne la flûte à l'Université de Moncton et à Mount Allison University et supervise la section de flûtes de l'OJNB. Une avide voyageuse, Karyn prend parfois un répit de Ventus Machina en visitant les endroits les plus éloignés de la planète.
Former principal bassoonist of both L'Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières (2003-2007) and the Niagara Symphony (2007-2012), Patrick is now the principal bassoonist of Symphony New Brunswick, and a founding member of Ventus Machina woodwind quintet. After studying at the Conservatoire de musique de Québec, Patrick continued his studies in Toronto at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory.
M. Bolduc has travelled throughout Canada, USA, Japan, and France. He has played as a freelance musician with L'Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, L'Orchestre de la francophonie canadienne, and L'Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal among others. A native of Québec, Patrick now lives and works in New Brunswick, where he spends his time performing with Ventus Machina and Symphony New Brunswick, serving as bassoon faculty at Mount Allison University, caring for his active young family, and operating as the sole proprietor of his independent sports sales agency.