Joel Kerr is one of Montreal’s busiest and most versatile bassists, as well as a composer, arranger and bandleader. In addition to leading and composing for his Quartet, he is involved in many ongoing creative projects, and immersed in Montreal’s jazz, world and soul music scenes. Joel is a co-leader and co-composer for Montreal soul band The Key-Lites, and experimental jazz trio Bean. He is a co-leader and co-arranger for the new old Jewish music ensemble Siach Hasadeh, and a member of the original klezmer band Shtreiml, as well as the Montreal/Ottawa based experimental jazz group Craig Pedersen Quartet. With these groups as well as various other ensembles ranging from symphony orchestras to rock bands, Joel has toured extensively across Canada, as well as in the US and Europe. As a cross-genre sideman, Joel performs with several artists, including Sarah Slean (Toronto), Irem Bekter, Moe Clark, Marie Trezanini, Renée Yoxon (Montreal/Ottawa), Marie-Claire Durand, and Ismail Fencioglu.