This exciting news just in! Jesse Stewart’s dinner concert just got even better. In addition to hearing Jesse play, he will be joined by fellow musician Dong-Won Kim. They’re both amazing—two musicians in one evening promises to be a November highlight. Dinner will be served at 6pm; the concert starts at 7:30.
Jesse’s 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. OttawaJazzScene describes him as “one of the most innovative musicians in Canada” (2015). He has performed and recorded with musical luminaries including Jacques Israelievitch (former concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony), William Parker (acclaimed New York City jazz bassist), Pauline Oliveros (called the “godmother of American experimentalist music” by New Yorker magazine), and many others. In 2010, he gave an invited performance for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In 2014, he was named to the Order of Ottawa, one of the city’s highest civic honours.
Dong-Won Kim is a Korean percussionist, pedagogue, vocalist, composer, and improviser. Since 1984, he has studied various forms of traditional music, ranging from farmers’ drumming and dance, shaman music, and Pansori accompaniment, as well as music theory from the great Korean music masters. Recognized internationally as a master of his form, he has performed at the United Nations General Assembly Hall as a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silkroad Ensemble Project. While Dong-Won plays a range of percussive instruments, his primary instrument is the jang-go: an hourglass-shaped drum with two leather heads that are struck with mallets. One side of the drum has a higher pitch than the other. The instrument is used in samul nori traditional folk music, which was popularized by Korean farmers. Samul nori music typically features four different percussion instruments, each of which represents a force in nature. The jang-go symbolizes water or rain.