Ally Fiola is a film composer and saxophonist based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has a debut jazz album, entitled Dreaming Away, that will be released in late June 2018; this was made possible by being the recipient of the 2017 Dream Hughie Award.
Ally graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Music (saxophone performance) where she gained her classical and jazz theory skills, and also earned a concurrent B.Sc in Psychology. In addition to the saxophone, Ally doubles on flute, clarinet, and vocals. She composes and arranges personal projects in a variety of styles and instrumentation, including concert band, big band, and various smaller configurations. Ally draws inspiration from composers such as Danny Elfman, John Powell, Rachel Portman, Shostakovich, and John Williams; she's particularly won over by great melodies. On the jazz side, Ally is heavily influenced by Cannonball Adderley, Preservation Hall, Charles Mingus, and Duke Ellington.
She's currently the bandleader of "The Next Quest", a jazz combo that is influenced by hard bop, the blues, and New Orleans brass band. The group consists of musicians who have experience studying and playing jazz across Canada; they bring their combined skills to play original and cleverly arranged upbeat music. Her band recently joined her at The Sonic Temple Recording Studio in Halifax, NS, to record Ally's debut album, "Dreaming Away".
Ally has performed across the maritimes as a freelance musician at the Halifax Jazz Festival, the ECMAs, the Carleton, Stayner's Wharf, and at various other venues. She has been a sideman/subbed in successful groups such as Salty Dawgs Brass Band, Bluesmobile, Scott n' the Rocks, the Tuesday Night Big Band, performed and recorded with Unidentified Funk Object (East Coast Music Award Nominee 2017), and has been part of Jerry Granelli's Globe Blues Band. Ally has also taken part in the Halifax Creative Music Workshop led by Jerry Granelli, which included workshops by guitarist Bill Frisell and trombonist Julian Priester.