Michael Snow and Jesse Stewart

Saturday, December 2, 2017
7:30 PM – $30 

SOLD OUT!  we have a waiting list in case of cancellations – please call 613-729-0693 leave your name, phone number and number of tickets..

Thank you Karen Oxorn for donating the piano tuning !

One incredible set of music followed by an intimate question and answer session with Michael Snow!

On December 2nd, acclaimed artist, filmmaker, and musician Michael Snow will perform at GigSpace with Ottawa percussionist Jesse Stewart. A recipient of the Governor General’s award in visual and media arts, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, the Order of Canada, and countless other honours and awards, Michael Snow is one of the most celebrated contemporary artists and experimental filmmakers in the world. In addition to his achievements in the visual arts, he is a remarkable improvising pianist.

His roots in jazz and free improvisation run deep: in the 1940s, he studied boogie boogie piano with Jimmy Yancey; in the 1950s, he performed with many jazz greats including Buck Clayton, Dicky Wells, Vic Dickenson, Cootie Williams, and Pee Wee Russell. In the 1960s, the Jazz Composers Orchestra was founded in Snow’s NYC loft.

For this intimate concert experience, Snow will be joined by Ottawa percussionist Jesse Stewart, described by OttawaJazzScene.ca as “one of the most innovative musicians in Canada.” At GigSpace, they will perform one set of improvised music, followed by a Question and Answer session with both musicians.

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.”

See www.jessestewart.ca 

GigSpace gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the City of Ottawa.