Harrison Argatoff is a Canadian tenor saxophonist and composer based in Toronto. A 2018 graduate of The University of Toronto’s jazz program, he strives to present an original musical voice capable of imparting personality, diligence, and vulnerability. Having grown up a Doukhobor, in the interior of British Columbia, teachings of pacifism, communal music making, and respect for life and nature deeply influence his personal and artistic endeavors. Harrison’s music combines the study of free-improvised, jazz, and classical music.
“Somewhere between Bach, BL!NDMAN and Mark Turner.”
– Jazz Halo, by Georges Tonla Briquet
“MLS Terrier” – Remote Video
Valley Voice is a contemporary jazz quartet featuring Dan Fortin (acoustic bass), Michael Davidson (vibraphone), Ian Wright (drums), and Harrison Argatoff (tenor saxophone). Inspired by the beauty of BC’s interior region, this group explores composed and improvised material, focusing on diverse orchestration, thematic development, and a natural sound.
Though some may associate the title’s “MLS” with realty, referencing the ever-coveted Multiple Listing Service (used to catalog homes for sale, sold properties, and property histories), the title instead references the Major League Soccer… league, a men’s professional soccer league sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation which represents the sport’s highest level in the United States.
To bring “MLS” together with “Terrier”, we must go back in time to February 2021. While writing this piece, I would often watch a white terrier playing soccer in the park. It’s owner would boot the ball 20+ yards and this little dog would race after it, dribbling back with decorative spins, cuts, jumps, etc. They often played in the early morning, before the sunrise, a beacon of joy in the dark and snowy winter.
“39” – Studio Video
Ian McGimpsey and Harrison Argatoff are an acoustic guitar and tenor saxophone duo. Their music draws from both singer-songwriter and contemporary jazz idioms, and is the result of an intensely collaborative compositional process.
A pairing inspired primarily by Nick Drake and his album “Pink Moon”, McGimpsey and Argatoff focus on simplicity, honesty, and meaning. Their latest album, “Ontario 559 West“, is “a contemplative reminder of a life sadly lost, but also an unexpected pleasure, and from a most unusual source.” (JazzWeekly, by Simon Adams)
I enjoy teaching students of any skill level! I have experience teaching saxophone technique, improvisation, music theory, and composition. For lessons, I charge $30 for a half hour, and $50 for an hour. I offer a free 20 minute preliminary lesson to discuss goals and ensure a good match.
I am happy to teach online, or in person in the Toronto area (outdoors and at a distance, for now). Click here to read further about my experience and approach!
If you are interested please be in touch via my contact page.