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Saturday, February 25, 6 pm
Join us for what promises to be a memorable evening with Jesse Stewart and David Mott. New York City bassist, William Parker, has this to say about their recent recording: “I am just the town crier trying to spread the word about Great Canadian Music. Listen, then listen some more and you will begin to see the story behind the music and how it changes after each hearing, the same but different now. Thankfully, Stewart and Mott invite us to sit in on their conversation. How could anyone refuse this generous offer? It just doesn’t happen every day.”
But it will happen at Wintergreen in February!
Register here for the concert with Jesse Stewart and David Mott.
Baritone saxophonist David Mott is known for music which ‘crosses the boundaries of style, form and content from new jazz to classical, from improvised to interpretive, from solo baritone saxophone to orchestral’. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music and an M.M., an M.M.A., and a D.M.A. from Yale School of Music. He taught Graduate Composition at Yale from 1974 to 1978, and has taught both Undergraduate and Graduate Composition at York University since 1978. He has been an artist-in-residence at the Atlantic Jazz Festival, Eastman School of Music, Hope College, the Open Waters Festival, the University of Illinois, the University of Massachusetts, the University of Southern California, and Yale University.
Mott has performed in solo concerts all across Canada, the United States, and Europe, and played as a side man with a lengthy list of North American music luminaries including Ray Anderson, Jane Ira Bloom, Robert Dick, Musici de Montreal, Mark Dresser, Jerry Granelli, Stevie Wonder, Francois Houle, David Moss, Symphony Nova Scotia, Gil Evans, Gerry Hemingway, Leo Wasada Smith, Anthony Davis, John Geggie, Al Henderson, Victor Bateman, Roddy Elias, Pat LaBarbera, Marilyn Lerner, and Michael Vladkovich. He was a founding member of the Sound Pressure saxophone quintet, and has performed with the International Baritone Conspiracy, Chelsea Bridge, the Hemispheres Ensemble, Eastman School of Music’s Musica Nova, the Upstreams Ensemble, the Roots Orchestra, and Arraymusic. Mott has received more than 25 commissions from the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, the Laidlaw Foundation, and others. His music and performances have been recorded on over 20 CDs.
Jesse Stewart’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 this percussionist 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, 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), Dong-Won Kim (master Korean percussionist and member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble), and many others. Jesse performs regularly with Stretch Orchestra (with Kevin Breit, Matt Brubeck), the Sonoluminescence Trio (with David Mott and William Parker), Stream Quartet (with David Mott, Peter Lutek, and Justin Gray) and in various groups under his own leadership. In 2010, he gave an invited performance for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Jesse has been widely commissioned as a composer and has performed throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe. He is a professor of music in Carleton University’s School for Studies in Art and Culture and an adjunct professor in the visual arts department at the University of Ottawa. In 2014, he was named to the Order of Ottawa, one of the city’s highest civic honours.