SaxAndViolin

SaxAndViolin is a Canadian instrumental pop duo consisting of husband-and-wife Eli Bennett and Rosemary Siemens. The duo has performed private events and concerts around the world including events for Rolls-Royce, Microsoft, Lamborghini, Dell, and a private event at the Vatican.[1][2] Their debut album Can't Help Falling In Love (Instrumental Love Songs), Vol. 1 released on Valentine's Day, 2020, debuted as the #3 Pop Album in Canada on the Canadian iTunes charts.[3]

SaxAndViolin
SaxAndViolin on the set of a music video shoot in 2020
SaxAndViolin on the set of a music video shoot in 2020
Background information
OriginVancouver, Canada
GenresInstrumental pop
Instrument(s)tenor saxophone, violin
Years active2016–present
LabelsSaxAndViolin Records
MembersEli Bennett
Rosemary Siemens
Websitesaxandviolin.com

BackgroundEdit

In 2012, the duo met in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, in the recording studio when Bennett's father Daryl Bennett was producing an album for Siemens. Shortly after, the pair began performing private events together under their own names until they formally branded as SaxAndViolin in March, 2016.[4] After a viral wedding proposal, they married in 2017, in a public wedding ceremony in Siemens' home town of Plum Coulee, Manitoba.[5]

CareerEdit

SaxAndViolin was formed in 2016 by saxophonist Eli Bennett and violinist Rosemary Siemens, as a duo for private events and concerts. The unique pairing of instruments featuring a new and exciting sound was an immediate hit with fans and the duo performed around the world, including events for Rolls-Royce, Microsoft, Lamborghini, Dell, as well as a private event at the Vatican.[2][6]

In February, 2018, the duo began recording and releasing cover songs on their YouTube Channel and Facebook page, beginning with their instrumental version of Enya's hit song "Only Time",[7] filmed in one of the most expensive custom built homes in Port Moody, British Columbia. Shortly after, they were featured in Vancouver Boulevard Magazine highlighting their love story and unique sound.[8]

Later in 2018, the duo performed at the 53rd Canadian National Prayer Breakfast in Ottawa, Ontario, for an audience of Canadian leaders that included Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer. They also performed at the Conservative Party of Canada convention in Vancouver, BC, for outgoing Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2016, and the Conservative Leadership Convention in Toronto, in 2017.[9]

In 2019, they continued releasing music videos on YouTube and Facebook with their versions of Lady Gaga’s song “Shallow[10] from A Star is Born, and Ed Sheeran’s song “Perfect”, and, as of March 2019, have garnered over six million views on these videos.

On Valentine's Day, 2020, SaxAndViolin released their debut album entitled Can't Help Falling In Love (Instrumental Love Songs), Vol. 1,[11][12][13] featuring instrumental love songs that inspired their love story.[14][15] Released on their own record label, SaxAndViolin Records, the album included classic love songs by Elvis "Can't Help Falling In Love", "Love Me Tender", and current songs "A Thousand Years", by Christina Perri, "Perfect" by Ed Sheeran, and Lady Gaga's "Shallow". Their cover of Lauren Daigle's song "You Say" won Instrumental Song of the Year at the 2020 Covenant Awards.[16]

In February, 2020, the duo released a music video for their version of Dolly Parton's iconic song "I Will Always Love You" filmed during a snowstorm in the backyard of one of Point Grey's biggest mansions in Vancouver, BC.[17]

Bennett and Siemens were both awarded the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal for their contribution to the arts in Canada.[18]

MembersEdit

Eli Bennett was born and raised in Vancouver, BC, Canada, as the firstborn son of Canadian composer, producer, cellist, and drummer Daryl Bennett.[19] Bennett grew up listening to his father's film scores in his studio and was introduced to the saxophone through his father at age 11. In addition to being one of Canada's most recognized saxophonists, Bennett has performed twice at the GRAMMY Awards in Los Angeles, shared the stage with the likes of Oscar Peterson and the Neville Brothers, opened for the legendary pianist Herbie Hancock, and had one of the top jazz albums in Canada with his WCMA nominated “Jazz Album of the Year” debut, Breakthrough.[20][21] Rosemary Siemens was born and raised in Plum Coulee, Manitoba, Canada, and took up the violin and piano at three-years-old through playing hymns with her mom, Mary Siemens. Siemens has performed four times at New York's Carnegie Hall and was the first violinist to ever perform at the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican since its inception in 1483.[22][23] Rosemary has performed in over 25 countries, 40 U.S. States, for two U.S. Presidents and Canadian Prime Ministers, and recently won “Country/Gospel Album of the Year“ at Canada's Gospel Music Awards. Her album "Plum Coulee, My Home" won Best Bluegrass/Country Album at the Global Music Awards in 2016.[24]

Personal lifeEdit

In March, 2017, Siemens was on her "Have a Little Faith" Canadian tour and was performing at Buhler Hall in Gretna, Manitoba, when her boyfriend, saxophonist Eli Bennett, who was also on his own Canadian tour, entered through the back of hall playing Elvis's "Can't Help Falling In Love" on his saxophone.[25] Once on stage, Bennett got down on one knee, pulled a ring out of the bell of his saxophone and proposed to Siemens in front of the entire audience.[26] She said yes, and the couple were wed later that year on August 20, 2017, in a public wedding ceremony in Plum Coulee, Manitoba.[27][28] The ceremony was attended by 1,500 and live streamed by over 50,000 people via Facebook live. In September 2018, after performing 175 concerts in 100 cities[29] in the nine months of their secret pregnancy, the couple welcomed their first son, Theodore Parker Bennett into the world.[30] They announced the birth through a YouTube music video featuring a song Siemens wrote and Bennett produced entitled "You and Me".[31] In 2020, Siemens won a Covenant Award for Children's Song of the Year for that same song, which is also featured on their debut album Can't Help Falling In Love (Instrumental Love Songs), Vol. 1.

Awards and nominationsEdit

  • 2020 Covenant Award for Instrumental Song of the Year (You Say, winner)
  • 2020 Covenant Award for Children's Song of the Year (Rosemary Siemens feat. SaxAndViolin, You and Me, winner)

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

SinglesEdit

  • 2018: You And Me (Rosemary Siemens feat. SaxAndViolin)
  • 2019: Only Time
  • 2019: Shallow
  • 2019: Perfect
  • 2019: You Say
  • 2019: I'll Never Love Again
  • 2019: Chips N Guacamole
  • 2019: Old Town Road
  • 2019: Señorita
  • 2019: Can You Feel The Love Tonight
  • 2019: Can't Help Falling In Love
  • 2019: A Thousand Years

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ a b MacLellan, Julie (November 29, 2019). "These Burnaby musicians are parents, performers and rising international stars". Burnaby Now. Retrieved October 10, 2020.
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  8. ^ Forman, Chelsea (January 30, 2018). "Rosemary Siemens and Eli Bennett: In Love and In Music". Vancouver Boulevard Magazine. pp. 81–83. Retrieved July 26, 2020.
  9. ^ "Siemens In Toronto Performing The National Conservative Leadership Convention". Rosemary Siemens. July 17, 2017. Retrieved July 20, 2020.
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  16. ^ "Nominees". GMA Canada. Retrieved July 17, 2020.
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  22. ^ Butz, Melissa (December 1, 2019). "First violinist to play in Sistine Chapel hopes to one day play for the pope". Rome Reports. Retrieved October 10, 2020.
  23. ^ "Manitoba violinist back home after 'surreal' gig at Vatican". CBC News. January 3, 2017. Retrieved October 10, 2020.
  24. ^ "Violinist and singer Rosemary Siemens to perform in Abbotsford". BC Local News. March 24, 2017.
  25. ^ Read, Chris (March 20, 2017). "Husband-to-be pops question to Manitoba violinist in show-stopping proposal". CBC News. Retrieved October 10, 2020.
  26. ^ Taylor, Kate. "Backup Singer Interrupts Violinist's Performance, Then She Hears A Saxophone In The Background". Little Things. Retrieved October 9, 2020.
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  28. ^ Funk, Ryan (August 21, 2017). "Locals And Musical Elite Mix For Plum Fest Perfection". Pembina Valley Online. Retrieved October 10, 2020.
  29. ^ "Siemens wins two gospel music awards". The Red River Valley Echo. March 26, 2020. p. 8.
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  31. ^ Vandermeulen, Greg (September 23, 2018). "Local violinist creates video for new baby". The Regina Leader Post. Retrieved October 10, 2020.

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