Jesse Stewart and Dong-Won Kim Duo


Friday, November 25, 2016
Two Shows: 7:00 and 9:00 PM
$20 per concert

Credit card payment is $21 and includes $1 credit card fee. Your receipt is your ticket plus we will have a record of your purchase at the front desk. If this option does not work for you please call GigSpace/Alcorn Music Studios :613-729-0693

SOLD OUT!!  7:00 PM Show

 9:00 PM Show

GigSpace is very excited to host this duo concert with Ottawa’s master -percussionist Jesse Stewart and Korean master-percussionist Dong-Won Kim.

Dong-Won Kim is a master percussionist, steeped in the musical traditions of Korea. Since 1984, he has studied various forms of traditional Korean percussion music including farmer’s drumming and dance, shamanic music, and Pansori accompaniment. He has performed throughout Europe, the U.S.A., Canada, Japan, and many other countries. He is a member of “The Silk Road Ensemble,” led by cellist Yo-Yo Ma who describes Dong-Won as follows: “Every pore of his being is devoted to expressing the deep emotion he feels for traditional Korean culture. Its philosophy, physicality and spirituality are organic to Dong-Won’s art. It is an inspiration to make music with him.” Dong-Won has helped to forge new possibilities for Korean music, performing with many international musicians steeped in idioms including western classical music, jazz, and creative improvised music.

In 1987, he was a political prisoner, sentenced for playing music at the funeral ceremony of Lee Seok-Gyu, who was killed by policemen in a pro-democracy protest against the Korean military dictatorship. From this experience, he thought more deeply about society and art. That was the turning point of his life; he began to study traditional music more profoundly as a search for the truest methods of communication and the expression of identity.

As the Director of Research & Education for the Samulnori Hanullim Organization (1994-2004), he wrote teaching material about Korean traditional music, as well as children’s books, including The Story of Samulnori, a creative story about the origins of Samulnori, a genre of Korean percussive music. Dong-won also stars in the documentary film Intangible Asset Number 82 (2008), which has been screened around the world at many international film festivals and is the recipient of numerous awards including “Best Documentary of 2009” at the Durban International Film Festival. He is a practitioner in ‘Taepyongmu’ (the 97th Korean intangible cultural asset). Since 1996, he has been a visiting lecturer at the Basel Music Academy in Switzerland. At present he is an associate professor at Wonkwang Digital University, Korea. In 2014, he was the improviser-in-residence through the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation in Guelph, Canada.

Jesse Stewart is an award-winning composer, percussionist, visual artist, sound artist, instrument builder, researcher, writer, and educator dedicated to re imagining the spaces between artistic and academic disciplines.

His music has been documented on over twenty recordings including Stretch Orchestra’s self-titled debut album which was honoured with the 2012 “Instrumental Album of the Year” JUNO award. He has performed and/or recorded with musical luminaries from around the world including Jacques Israelievitch (former concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony), William Parker (acclaimed New York City jazz bassist, described as “the most important leader of the current avant-garde scene in jazz” by the Boston Globe), Pauline Oliveros (called the “godmother of American experimentalist music” by New Yorker magazine), Evan Parker (one of the founders of European free improvisation), Hamid Drake (master drummer and percussionist), Roswell Rudd (legendary jazz trombonist), Jane Bunnett (multiple Juno winner and Grammy nominee), Ernst Reijseger (Dutch cello virtuoso), Pandit Anindo Chatterjee (one of the world’s foremost tabla virtuosos), Dong-Won Kim (master Korean percussionist and member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble), and many others. He performs regularly with Stretch Orchestra (with Kevin Breit, Matt Brubeck), the Sonoluminescence Trio (with David Mott and William Parker), the Stream Quartet (with David Mott, Peter Lutek, and Justin Gray), and in various groups under his own leadership.

His music has been featured at festivals throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe. He has been widely commissioned as a composer and sound artist. In 2010, he was commissioned by the National Capital Commission in Ottawa to create an extended composition to be performed at the Winterlude Festival on musical instruments that he designed and built out of ice. Other organizations that have commissioned him include the Guelph Jazz Festival, Ensemble Supermusique, the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, the Electric Fields Festival, the City of Toronto, the Chinese Canadian Heritage Centre, Propeller Dance, Ottawa Dance Directive, and the Ottawa Art Gallery. He endorses Headhunters brand drumsticks and brushes. In addition to drum set, he performs on a wide variety of percussion instruments including many of his own design that he has built out of such unconventional materials as stone, glass, ice, canoe paddles, and cardboard.

In 1993, Jesse was named “Outstanding Young Canadian Jazz Musician” by both the International Association of Jazz Educators and Jazz Report magazine. He has been described as “one of the finest young drummers and percussionists on the scene today” (Frank Rubolino, One Final Note Summer/Fall 2002) and “one of the most innovative musicians in Canada” (OttawaJazzScene, 2015).

His work has been heralded by critics and journalists around the globe who have described it as “truly exciting” (Musicworks 76), “exceptional” (Cadence Oct. 2002), “phenomenal” (Cadence Nov. 1999), “ingenious” (Exclaim! June 2006), and “brilliant” (Truths for Serious Drummers, 2012). “Stewart quietly opens the door for us to a limitless world of delicate sonic beauty” writes Randy Raine-Reusch in Musicworks 97. “Highly recommended ear-cleansing” states a review in Italy’s Touching Extremes (2007).

“Jesse Stewart is an eloquent and poetically powerful percussionist, composer, improviser and teacher—a man of ideas and inventions,” writes jazz legend William Parker. “Jesse is an incredibly innovative artist. He’s a performance artist, he’s a jazz drummer, he’s an incredible creative force” states Roman Borys, cellist with the internationally acclaimed Gryphon Trio and Artistic Director of the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival.

He is a professor of music in Carleton University’s School for Studies in Art and Culture, and is a cross-listed faculty member with the Institute of African Studies and the Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art, and Culture”

In 2014, Jesse was named to the Order of Ottawa, a civic award that “honours residents who have excelled in their field and who have made outstanding contributions to life in our communities.”