Tena Palmer bio

Nova Scotia native, composer/vocalist Tena Palmer; graduated from St Francis Xavier U. with performance diplomas in baritone sax and flute and a B.Mus. in voice.  With Celtic/Jazz group, Chelsea Bridge, she recorded three critically acclaimed cds, toured nationally, internationally and won several awards: Grand Prix du Jazz: best Canadian Band & the SOCAN award for best jazz composition @ Montreal Jazz Festival, Best Jazz Vocal Group- National Jazz Awards. During six years immersed in Reykjavik’s hot bed of new music, Palmer recorded her first solo cd, Crucible, as well as appearing on compilation cds with the arts collective, Kitchen Motors. She has made extended tours/residencies in Scandinavia, Holland, Prague and Central Europe, performing roots, jazz, Brazilian, minimalist electronica, Celtic, spoken word and experimental music. 2005 saw the release of her second solo cd, North Atlantic Drift.  Palmer's voice and writing is featured on more than ten critically acclaimed cds. Dubbed, "the most creative vocalist in Canadian free improvisation", by Stuart Broomer, Toronto Life Magazine, Tena has performed with Hilmar Jensson, David Tronzo, Barry Guy, Johann Johannsson, Pierre Tanguay, Lori Freedman, Gino Robair, Justin Haynes and Jean Martin. Current band T.I.N.T: has just released it debut cd of original alt folk/pop songs with creative improvisers Hilmar Jensson, guitar/electronics, Matthias Hemstock, percussion /electronics and an international ensemble of all-star players. Palmer is a frequent performer of improvised music with artists from across Canada and abroad.

With Chelsea Bridge, Tena has played at NYC's Blue Note club, Montreal’s Salle Wilfred Pelletier and with other groups, prestigious venues in more than a dozen countries. Her North Atlantic Drift Trio's last 2 concerts at Montreal Jazz Fest. were listed in “Best of the Fest” by Gazette critics. Feature documentaries of her work have been presented on BRAVO and Sweden's P2 national radio ( where her CD, Crucible topped the new music charts for six months.) Palmer is also featured in an article in “The Jazz Singers: The Ultimate Guide”, by Downbeat magazine critic, Scott Yanow, Backbeat Press, October 2008