At 21 years of age, Lucas Sader has established himself as a drummer, bandleader, composer, arranger, educator, and journalist.
Sader leads The Lucas Sader Project, a Winnipeg-based group committed to producing a fresh outlook on jazz music, which also features world-renowned trumpeter Derrick Gardner, alto/tenor saxophonist Paul Balcain, pianist Paul De Gurse and bassist Karl Kohut. Balcain, Kohut, and De Gurse are in-demand artists on a national level while Gardner has worked with a litany of artists, including the Count Basie Orchestra, Harry Connick Jr., Dizzy Gillespie and Tony Bennett.
The Lucas Sader Project's debut album, titled "Apollo: Tribute to the Miles Davis Quintet", pays homage to one of the most innovative groups and bandleaders in the history of music, trumpeter Miles Davis and his legendary 1960's Quintet. It includes works performed and recorded by Miles' group as well as original compositions and arrangements by Sader.
Sader is currently enrolled in the last year of his Bachelor of Jazz Studies degree in the University of Manitoba Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music, where he has had the privilege of studying with many world-class artists. He is currently a pupil of Quincy Davis and has also studied with Terreon Gully and George Colligan. Other teachers and mentors include David Schnieder of The Music Cellar, Bill Kristjanson, and Curtis Nowosad.
Lucas has had the great fortune of performing and recording with many different artists in a variety of settings, including Jimmy Greene, Steve Kirby, Larry Roy, Anna-Lisa Kirby, the Paul De Gurse Quartet (as part of the 2011 TD International Winnipeg Jazz Festival), Will Bonness, Erin Propp, and both the University of Manitoba Jazz Lab Band and Jazz Orchestra. For over two years, Sader was a member of Winnipeg-based rock group Departures. They embarked on a cross-Canada tour in the summer of 2010 following the release of their debut EP, titled "Kino-Pravda".