Jason Turbin
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Jason Turbin


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Exhibit A - The One - 1998
Eyes Have Miles - Lucky Star - 2000
Canon - Wide Awake - 2006


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Jason Turbin
Songwriter, Vocals, Keyboards

As a songwriter the simple task is finding a melody, after that, creating and choosing out of all the possible harmonies the ones to use and how to orchestrate them is the real job. In today’s music scene of redundant power chords, Jason’s work stands out as a work of art in music.

Jason began his journey to the present day Canon at age 9, singing in many a local musical theater and being coached by well-known Broadway singer Raven Kane Campbell. He performing on numerous national commercials and singing on several of these. Jason was a featured singer on the first Disney’s Teacher’s Awards and he went on to appear on the Fox TV series, Get A Life with Chris Elliot and performed in a recurring role in the Fox TV series The Edge with Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Nealy of Saturday Night Live, Julie Brown, Wayne Knight (Newman in Seinfeld). Jason then stared in the National Touring Production of Cameron Mackintosh’s Les Miserables as Gavrauche, the young orphaned waif. Jason instrumental studies began with the Guitar, Trumpet and then to the Piano. He plays many instruments including the Piano, Flute, Recorder, Harmonica, and Violin & Viola. And has performed as a violinist in the Pasadena City Orchestra. Jason also has extensively studied music composition and theory and teaches out of his Los Angeles Studio. Several Los Angeles Area Orchestras have performed his orchestral pieces. Along with his orchestral work Jason has gotten involved in film scores, scoring the movie The Last Kennedy and arranging the music for Tim Robin’s movie, Meat Market Sessions. He has also worked for well-known popular music arranger David Campbell. And has arranged works for Juliet Sims, (Epic), Tony Zito's album Avalon and others, too numerous to mention. Jason’s skills also extend to recording engineering having graduated at the top of his class at LA Recording Workshop. Due to his extensive study and mastering of western music theory, Canon’s songs have that distinctive underpinning of classical music. In a recent interview Jason remarked that, “If I weren’t doing rock I’d probably being doing classical music.” “In some ways I think of myself as an orchestra leader.” Prior to forming Canon, Jason played with Eyes Have Miles and earlier with Exhibit A, a Ska band. Besides music, which is a full time occupation, Jason sometimes enjoys skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding, raising birds, cooking and library browsing. His musical influences are varied and include: All the great Renaissance composers, John Williams and Henry Mancini, The Incredible String Band, Donovan, Sigur Ros, Godspeed You Black Emperor and of course the music of the 60’s. The list of influences is endless.

The Composer/Arranger
Jason spent over seven years studying 16th century counterpoint, Baroque, Classical and 20th century composition. He spends a lot of his time writing or analyzing orchestral pieces. In fact, there isn't a moment you will find him with out a score, even while watching a movie with his fiancée. Jason also apprenticed with notable arranger, David Campbell, learning secrets to creating great string arrangements. He has written a number of works in many of the different styles. He debuted his Film Scoring talents, with the entire score for THE LAST KENNEDY.
You can also find Jason's work as a string arranger and violinist on Richie Zito's CD Avalon.

The Musician
Since his young teenage years, Jason has been teaching himself how to play instruments, any instrument he could get his hands on. Currently, he plays well over 10 instruments including: piano, violin, flute, trumpet, viola, mandolin, guitar, bass guitar, recorder, harmonica and other variations of these instruments. He continues to find more avenues of sound expression.

The Song Writer
Jason loves all styles and genre's of music and can write Progressive Rock, County, Folk, Jazz, Latin, Hip Hop, as well as Country. As a result, his song writing is whatever best fits the feel. One day he may write a county tune or ballad ("Still Kiss Goodnight"), and then later a funk song ("Traffic Cop Lady"). To quote Jason, "Why should I stick with just one particular style, there are so many great things about all music!", hence the variety of styles that are merged in just one of his songs!
Current hit record Wide Awake on iTunes which he is credited as the songwriter, keyboard and vocals, with his well known band CANON.

The Vocalist
In addition to his other talents, Jason also is an exceptional vocalist and has sung in major stage performances such as the Off-Broadway "Les Miserables" and as the lead singer of the band "Canon". He has done voice training with many top vocalists including Seth Riggs (other students include Prince, Stevie Wonder, Josh Groban, and Michael Jackson) and in his youth, Raven Kane.