NADINA MACKIE JACKSON
CANADIAN CONCERTO PROJECT - VOL.1New Music by Occhipinti, Buhr and Lussier
Glenn Buhr, Mathieu Lussier, Michael Occhipinti
NADINA MACKIE JACKSON, bassoon
GUY FEW, trumpet & corno
MICHAEL OCCHIPINTI, guitar
World Premiere Recordings
REVIEWSNamed the Canadian Album of the Year (2013) and Glenn Buhr’s work “and man will only grieve…” named Best Composition (2013) by Mark Turner of Classical Connection CFCR 90.5 FM.
“[Nadina Mackie Jackson and Guy Few] are terrific musicians with engaging personalities, too… [Matthew Lussier] writes music that…has sensuous flavors that fit these colorful artists… In Le Dernier Chant d’Ophelie, Jackson plays passionately in depicting the final moments of Ophelia in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. In the Odd Bird Concerto, Jackson [has] both singing and energetic lines... Buhr’s wistful little ‘Man Will Only Grieve if He Believes the Sun Stands Still’ [has a] very mellow sound is due in large part to the warm sound of Few’s flugelhorn-like corno.”
Kilpatrick, American Record Guide [January/February 2014]
PROGRAM NOTESMATHIEU LUSSIER
A versatile musician with an inquiring mind, Mathieu Lussier energetically and passion-ately promotes the modern and baroque bas-soon as solo instruments throughout North America and Europe. He has performed with such ensembles as Arion (Montreal), Les Violons du Roy (Quebec City), Tafelmusik Ba-roque Orchestra (Toronto), the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, and Apollo’s Fire (Cleveland). From 2007-2012, he has been artistic director of the Lamèque Internation-al Baroque Music Festival. He devotes a good deal of his time to chamber music perform-ance as a member of the Ensemble Pentaè-dre de Montréal, the Caliban Quartet of Bas-soonists (Toronto), and the ensemble Musica Franca.
As a conductor, Mathieu has led the Orchestre de la Mission Saint-Charles (Lamèque), Les Violons du Roy in Quebec, Ontario and Mexico, the Orchestre Métropolitain de Mont-réal in a six-concert tour, Arion Baroque orchestra as well as a production of Handel’s Acis and Galatea with l’Atelier Lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal. Since September 2012, he is conductor-in-residence for Les Violons du Roy.
His numerous solo recordings include almost a dozen bassoon concertos by Vivaldi, Fasch, Graupner, Telemann, and Corrette; a disc of bassoon sonatas by Boismortier; three CDs of music for solo bassoon by François Devienne; and a 2-CD set of wind music by Gossec and Méhul.
As a composer, Mathieu Lussier has a catalogue with more than forty works to his credit and they are heard regularly in concert halls in North America, Europe and Australia. In August 2009, his Bassango, in its version for bassoon and string orchestra, was awarded Third Prize in the category Contemporary Classical Song at the Just Plain Folks Awards in Nashville, Tennessee. His works are published by Trevco Music (USA), Accolade (Ger-many) and Gérard Billaudot (France).
Glenn Buhr is a composer, music curator, pro-ducer, band leader, and improvisational pia-nist. He became well-known in Canada in the mid-1980s when the Toronto and Montreal Symphony Orchestras first champion-ed his work, and in the mid-1990s as front man – with conductor Bramwell Tovey – of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s New Music Festival. Glenn Buhr was Composer-in-Residence with the WSO and curator of the New Music Festival from 1990 to 1996.
Buhr has received commissions from many important performers and ensembles including the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Penderecki String Quartet, the Detroit Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, the Verdi String Quartet, pianist Janina Fialkowska, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Children’s Chorus and the Esprit Orchestra. His music has been performed all over the world by such diverse ensembles as the London Sinfonia, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, pianist Louis Lortie, soprano Tracy Dahl and many others. His third Symphony (a choral symphony) waspremiered by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in February 2008 with pop singer Sarah Slean as soloist.
Buhr performed as soloist at the premiere of his jazz-oriented Piano Concerto no.2 with the Esprit Orchestra in March 2006. The work was remounted by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in February 2008, again with the composer at the piano. He toured Canada twice as a jazz artist (pianist/composer), and he released his third jazz CD in March 2007 on the Marquis label. He works with novelist/playwright/lyricist Margaret Sweatman as musical director of The Broken Songs Band; that ensemble released its second CD in the fall of 2010. Sweatman and Buhr won a Genie Award for “When Winter-time” from the film Seven Times Lucky.
In 2003, his full-length ballet Beauty and the Beast was premiered by the Birmingham Royal Ballet in Birmingham, England. The work has since toured the UK three times for a total of more than 100 performances. The ballet has also toured to Hong Kong (2005), Japan (2008) and to mainland China in 2009. He has also composed a number of scores for film and theatre and has collaborated on several dance projects. His work and his performances are featured regularly on the CBC. Dr. Buhr is Professor of Music Composition and Improvisation in the Contemporary Music Program at Wilfrid Laurier University. In 1998 he was awarded the University Research Professor Fellowship at Wilfrid Laurier University; it was the first time that the award was given to a creative artist. He is also the founding Artistic Director of the Music in the Ruins Festival at the St. Norbert Arts Centre in Manitoba and the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony’s New Orchestra Se-ries. He is the current Artistic Director of NUMUS Concerts in Kitchener-Waterloo
An eight-time JUNO Award nominee, guitarist/composer Michael Occhipinti’s inventive approach to creative music of all kinds has allowed him to work with renowned mu-sicians across many genres including jazz, chamber music, funk, Sicilian music, and any-thing involving modern guitar sounds. His Sicilian Jazz Project has been called “a masterpiece of cross-cultural fusion” for its cre-ative exploration of Sicilian folk music, and his newest recording The Universe of John Lennon is being praised for reinventing some of the world’s most popular songs in a sur-prisingly original way, with a band featuring some of Canada’s most eclectic vocalists and musicians, including Elizabeth Shepherd and Denzal Sinclaire.
In 1994 Michael and pianist Paul Neufeld formed the 16-piece Neufeld-Occhipinti Jazz Orchestra (NOJO), a modern group the Los Angeles Times describes as “one of the most original sounding large ensembles on the current jazz scene.” NOJO’s original music has intrigued a number of renowned guest soloists including saxophonist Joe Lovano, trombonist Ray Anderson, trumpeter Kenny Wheeler, and most notably clarinetist Don Byron and the late saxophone giant Sam Rivers, who both recorded and toured with the ensemble. NOJO has performed at such prestigious venues as the Umbria Jazz Win-ter Festival in Orvieto, Italy, The Jazz Standard in New York, and Montreal’s Festival In-ternational de Jazz de Montreal.
Michael is a respected arranger and composer, and has written music for The Gryphon Trio, The Chestnut Hall Camerata, Kellylee Evans, and The Art of Time Ensemble.Michael leads the instrumental R&B group The Triodes, is a member of the Turkish group Minor Empire, and has performed with en-sembles and individuals as diverse as The National Ballet of Canada Orchestra, Array Music, Bruce Cockburn, Don Byron Plays Junior Walker, Bill Frisell, The Gryphon Trio, Simone Shaheen, Andrea Bocelli, Jeff Coffin, Trey Anastasio, Paul Reddick and The Sidemen, and Lester McLean. Michael Occhipinti teaches jazz ensembles at the Royal Con-servatory of Music. He is Artistic Director of the Markham Jazz Festival, where he has pre-sented international stars such as Gretchen Parlato, Bill Charlap, Don Byron, Sheila Jordan, and John Pizzarelli.
IMPRESSIONS DE L’ALAMEDA - concerto for trumpet and string orchestra, Op.25
I. libre et fantasque - allegro
III. vif et énergique
LE DERNIER CHANT D'OPHÉLIE - ballad for bassoon and string orchestra, Op.2
THIRTEEN SECONDS - for trumpet, bassoon, guitar and string orchestra
man will only grieve if he believes the sun stands still - for corno, bassoon and string orchestra
ODD BIRD CONCERTO - for bassoon, string orchestra, bass drum and tubular bells, Op.37
I. Introduction: The Bird and the Agitation of Life
II. Ending Worlds
III. The Tragic Bird Finds Its Way to Peace
SICILIAN PROVERBS for trumpet, bassoon and string orchestra