B.Mus (U of A)
Jan Randall is a pianist, who played entirely by ear from childhood, started working in blues and pop music bands while still in high school, and after receiving formal classical and jazz training as a composer and arranger went on to spend a decade in theatre before moving on to make a career of composing sound tracks for broadcast. Jan has been the head song writer since 2011 for the hit CBC radio series “The Irrelevant Show.” (see below for links to songs posted by CBC)
He wrote songs and doubled as musical director for comedy shows with Second City in the early 80′s, where he collaborated with such greats as Mike Myers, Catherine O’Hara, Ron James, Richard Kind, and Ryan Stiles.
A graduate of the University of Alberta Composition program, Jan’s many commissioned works include a ballet for the National Ice Theatre of Canada, A Midsummer Night’s Ice Dream (1992) which won a Sterling Award for Outstanding Fringe Experience, Tangled Ice Webs (1998), and Poetry in Motion (2006). He is credited as a composer for 1996 World Figure Skating Championships, and Composer/Music Director for the 2001 IAAF World Championships in Athletics. For this event he also composed the bilingual anthem “We Are the Fire.” The cast included the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, thirty-five thousand dancers, a dozen feature acts, and a one thousand voice choir. It was broadcast live to over four billion people worldwide. In 1998 he won a Rosie award for Best Composer/Musical Score for the NFB production “Lost Over Burma” which featured narration by Christopher Plummer. From 1998-2008 he served on the board of the Screen Composers Guild of Canada.
Jan Randall has performed live with Bo Diddley, Otis Rush, Amos Garrett, Gaye Delorme, Dave Babcock, Sha Na Na, Spencer Davis, Sam Lay (drummer for Paul Butterfield and Howlin’ Wolf) and Gary U.S. Bonds. Jan Randall was music director for the annual Banff World Television Festival for over 10 years performed there with John Cleese, Bob Newhart, Dame Edna Everage, Martin Short, Steve Allen and Kelsey Grammer.
Links to songs and sketches by Jan Randall from The Irrelevant Show, released by CBC Radio One