On the Rhythm Changes Podcast, JANCIS talks about his first jazz quartet and vocal album, You Must Believe In Spring. He released it from Richmond on April 8, 2022 with RJ Abella on trumpet, Emilio Suarez on bass, and Seth Kitamura on drums.
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We talked about:
- The path to releasing this album in spring, instead of at various points in the year 2021. Jancis had a patient approach to this project which paid off in how comfortable he feels with it today
- How Jancis ended up with this quartet while also taking inspiration from Alvin Brendan, Amber Tsang, and more classmates he had at Cap
- The family band enthusiasm that brought him into the musical world, starting in the Philippines and continuing through to piano lessons in Richmond
- Some unlikely breaks involving saxophone and a certain video game; Jancis' future as a jazz musician was never certain, but he got into the genre in a funny way. It would be hard to repeat
- Why he ended up at Capilano University instead of the University of British Columbia (though he's doing UBC's teacher program right now)
- The one time that Jancis and I have performed together – and he gets me on a previous time where we technically played together, that I had forgotten about! Credit to Will Clements
- The emotional roles of two tracks in particular on the album: "Spring is Here" and "There Is No Greater Love"
- Jancis' quartet, which will be his project for the near future, and who plays in it