let’s set the vibe
let’s set the vibe
Let’s set the vibe
Moodset is a jazz and R&B collaborative project comprised of Alexa Belgrave (keys), Jacqueline Teh (vocals), Madeleine Ertel (trumpet), Caleb Klager (bass), and Mackenzie Read (drums), all of whom are students and alumni of U of T’s jazz performance program. They have hosted Jazz + R&B Jams and performed at various venues in Toronto, fostering a sense of community among jazz and pop/R&B musicians. They have also been featured in the 2017 World of Jazz Festival in Brampton. Moodset aims to create a vibrant atmosphere with an emphasis on the creation of original music and soulful sounds. With their own individual blend of jazz-informed techniques, R&B vibes, and memorable melodies, they attract and engage listeners across all genres and levels of musicianship.
A recent graduate pianist from the University of Toronto’s Bachelor of Music Jazz program, Alexa Belgrave has started to make her mark in the community. She has performed with her R&B and jazz collaborative project, Moodset, at the first World of Jazz festival in Brampton in September 2017 and various venues in Toronto since September 2018. Her compositions were also 2 of 4 selected for recording in Desert Fish Studios from the jazz studies department at U of T in April 2018. With a background in classical studies (completed her ARCT in 2014), an interest in composition and an interactive and rhythmic ‘comping style, Alexa has had the opportunity to create, collaborate and be a side person to multiple projects in different idioms (from jazz to pop to musical theater). Most recently she had the opportunity to be one of the musical directors for The Musical Stage Company’s, One Song Glory program 2018. She is currently teaching piano privately and freelancing around the GTA in various musical roles.
Vocalist Jacqueline Teh, a recent graduate of the University of Toronto Masters of Jazz program, is a performer, composer, and educator with a rhythmic and infectious improvisational style. She has performed at several venues around Toronto and U of T, singing in various ensembles and styles and has sung in masterclasses for Dave Liebman and Norma Winstone. Jacqueline has composed for and performed with the U of T Jazz 12tet, the U of T Vocal Jazz Ensemble, the U of T Hybrid Ensemble, and the U of T Free Improvisation Ensemble. She has also participated in several grand scale projects such as R. Murray Schafer’s “Apocalypsis” during the Toronto Luminato Festival (2015) and the “1000 Voices for Peace” Project in Belgium (2014). Jacqueline currently directs the Small Vocal Jazz Ensemble at U of T. She is deeply passionate about music education and is focusing on furthering her composition and improvisation skills and sharing this knowledge with fellow artists and musicians.
Madeleine Ertel is a trumpet player, vocalist, and composer from Kelowna, BC. Currently in her third year of jazz studies at the University of Toronto, Madeleine has quickly become involved in Toronto's music scene in a variety of contexts, including jazz, R&B/soul, classical, and free improvised music. Her background in classical piano and violin has inspired her continued studies in classical composition and counterpoint at U of T, with the eventual goal of creating multi-instrumental compositions that draw upon both the jazz and classical traditions. Madeleine can be heard frequently across Toronto, in bands like the folk-inspired improvised ensemble Lonesome Town, U of T's 11 O'Clock Jazz Orchestra, the freejazz-flavoured William Hunt Quintet, the R&B/neo-soul group Moodset, or at the jazz jam session she hosts regularly at the Cavern Bar.
A current student of the University of Toronto’s Bachelor of Music Jazz Performance program, Mackenzie has been an active member of the Toronto music scene for the past several years, playing venues across the city. He has toured through Northern Ontario and Quebec with The Jill McKenna Project. He is a passionate drummer who emphasizes diverse and rhythmically interesting playing. As a past member of the University of Toronto’s Free Improvisation Ensemble, Mackenzie discovered a love for truly improvisational playing and composing on the fly. Mackenzie is a performer, composer and educator who is exploring every avenue to share his love of music.
Caleb Klager is an accomplished bassist, composer, and student attending the University of Toronto's Jazz Performance Program. He has led and contributed to many different projects including Moodset, a Toronto-based R&B collective, and The Harry Bartlett Trio, a folk-inspired project. Caleb performs many of his original pieces in his projects, such as “Dogpound”, an original track released on The Harry Bartlett Trio’s EP release in the Spring of 2018. Caleb has also attended workshops at the Brooklyn Conservatory as part of the School of Improvised Music in New York City, NY. Caleb is known for his lyrical playing and sensitivity as an improviser