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Considered as one of the best Canadian bass player of its generation, Sylvain Gagnon has extensive international touring and recording experience. He is a virtuoso of jazz bass playing and has experience in music from many continents and styles ranging from rock to standard jazz, from Carnatic (classical music from South India) to African music and Chinese music, from funk to Latin music, from solo to big band.
His technical abilities and musical sense have helped him build a strong reputation as a leader and as a side man.
Sylvain has recorded over 150 albums with musicians such as Joey Calderazzo, Jeff "Tain" Watts, James Gelfand, Jean-Pierre Zanella, Helmut Lipsky etc., played on over 70 jingles, 10 movie soundtracks, and toured internationally with his own band and many internationally acclaimed musicians. He also appeared in many movies, television series and talk shows as a musician.
In Hong Kong, he recorded and performed with numerous well known artists such as Jackie Cheung, Olivia Newton-John, William So, Priscilla Chan, Roman Tam, Choi Kom, Tiger Okoshi, Elisa Chan, Teddy Robin, Scott Hamilton, DD Jackson, Eugene Pao, and many more. He has worked as an arranger for Elisa Chan, Teddy Robin, Mimi Lo and other Chinese artists, and as a musical director for Theresa Carpio, Joyce Lee, etc.
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