Stretch Orchestra

Stretch Orchestra

Friday March 3, 2017
Two Shows 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM
$20 per show

7:00 PM  SOLD OUT! (doors open 6:30 PM)

9:00 PM   (doors open 8:30 PM)

Thank you to the City of Ottawa Arts & Cultural Funding for your support!

Stretch Orchestra – Kevin Breit, Matt Brubeck, and Jesse Stewart

Check out this OttawaJazzScene.ca terrific video!  http://ottawajazzscene.ca/news/11581-the-stretch-orchestra-video

Together, they form one of the most musically adventurous and exciting trios on the scene today. Their music has been described as “a refreshing new spin on the jazz-rock-world-groove vibe” (Josef Woodard, Jazz Times) and “a fresh, diverse, and eclectic collection of heavily improvised instrumental songs” (Daniel Korn, Cadence). T. Bruce Wittet writes: “Damn, this is a satisfying collection that is elastic, stretching to embrace Americana, roots Canadiana, jazz Euro and NYC, classical pops, and diverse folkloric musics. What should I have expected from A-list players Kevin Breit, Jesse Stewart, and Matt Brubeck? Their “orchestra” leaves nothing wanting.” Terry Pender describes Stretch Orchestra as “one of the most unique voices in contemporary jazz. … If you never heard this trio before, you will never forget it.”

“Yes, guitarist Kevin Breit, cellist Matt Brubeck and drummer-percussionist Jesse Stewart are decidedly tall drinks of water, and together they have cooked up a refreshing new spin on the jazz-rock-world-groove vibe.”  Josef Woodard, Jazz Times 

“Stretch Orchestra, blew away my preconceptions, exceeded my expectations. Damn, this is a satisfying collection that is elastic, stretching to embrace Americana, roots Canadiana, jazz Euro and NYC, classical pops, and diverse folkloric musics. What should I have expected from A-list players Kevin Breit, Jesse Stewart, and Matt Brubeck? Their “orchestra” leaves nothing wanting.”  Bruce Wittet

Stretch Orchestra
Introduced by musical colleagues from Canada and the United States, multi-instrumentalist Kevin Breit, cellist Matt Brubeck, and percussionist Jesse Stewart began performing together in 2005. In 2012, they were honoured with the “Instrumental Album of Year” JUNO award for their debut, self-titled album. In addition to being one of the tallest musical groups in Canada (average height = 6’5”), they are also one of the most eclectic and musically well-travelled. In performance, they routinely traverse a wide gamut of musical styles—from jazz to rock to folk—often within a single tune. This eclecticism is reflected in the diverse musical backgrounds of each member of the group:

Kevin has performed and/or recorded with a remarkable array of musicians including Norah Jones, Hugh Laurie, k.d. lang, Cassandra Wilson, Cyro Baptista, Bill Frisell, and Harry Manx, to name only a few. He has performed on 13 Grammy Award-winning recordings and multiple Juno winners. In 2004, Kevin was honoured with a ‘Musician of the Year’ Award from the Toronto Musician’s Association.

Matt Brubeck is a composer/performer specializing in improvisation on the cello. Classically trained with a Master’s in cello performance from Yale University, Matt is at ease in multiple genres and has taken his cello improvisation skills into diverse musical territories including work with the Dixie Chicks, Sheryl Crow, Tom Waits, Sarah McLachlan, Natalie MacMaster, Tracy Chapman, and his father, jazz legend Dave Brubeck.

Jesse Stewart is a percussionist, composer, improviser, and instrument builder. He has performed and/or recorded with musicians including William Parker, Hamid Drake, Pauline Oliveros, David Mott, Michael Snow and many others. His music has been featured throughout North America and Europe. He endorses Headhunters brand drumsticks and brushes.

Together, they form one of the most musically adventurous and exciting trios on the scene today. Their music has been described as “a refreshing new spin on the jazz-rock-world-groove vibe” (Josef Woodard, Jazz Times) and “a fresh, diverse, and eclectic collection of heavily improvised instrumental songs” (Daniel Korn, Cadence). T. Bruce Wittet writes: “Damn, this is a satisfying collection that is elastic, stretching to embrace Americana, roots Canadiana, jazz Euro and NYC, classical pops, and diverse folkloric musics. What should I have expected from A-list players Kevin Breit, Jesse Stewart, and Matt Brubeck? Their “orchestra” leaves nothing wanting.” Terry Pender describes Stretch Orchestra as “one of the most unique voices in contemporary jazz. … If you never heard this trio before, you will never forget it.”

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