BASSOON OUT LOUD

New concert series at Heliconian Hall in Toronto, Nadina (bassoon!) collaborating with poets, writers, artists, singers, keyboardists, string players, mezzo soprano, pianists, guitar players, folk and, some day soon, country bands! and even other bassoonists.

Bassoon Out Loud is my new project and we presented 7 glorious concerts with our first totally sold-out house for the Vivaldi Christmas Concert.  Concert #7 was on January 22, 2017 at 7 pm at Heliconian Hall, Telemann’s Twelve Fantasias originally for solo flute, played with moments of glory by myself, alone, on bassoon. Our season roster has showcased a huge range of performers and repertoire, from Vivaldi to brand spanking new concerti. Guest artists included my lifelong friend and writer Leslie Magowan, ninja poet Harry Posner, singer songwriter extraordinaire Valdy, Canadian superstar keyboardists Heather Taves, Karel Roessingh and the dynamic bassoon section of the Toronto Symphony including virtuosi Michael Sweeney, Catherine Chen, Fraser Jackson & Samuel Banks with a team of the best bright-eyed, concerto-slinging string players in the country. I am now booking concerts throughout Canada and heading out for auditions across the continent.

All shows come with an allergy warning —- these concerts may contain bassoon concerti. And animated musicians who can speak for themselves.

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INDIVIDUAL CONCERTS: $30 ($20 for seniors/students)
12 PACK: 12 concerts $300 ($200 for seniors/students)

A wonderful, wonderful concert. Even this morning I feel superior to all humanity that was not there. Thanks for opening a vein, Heather and Nadina.

– Johnny Lucas

Audience comment for December 5, 2016, Kick-Ass Music for Bassoon & Piano

ALL CONCERTS

FULL SEASON POSTER: BASSOON OUT LOUD

AUGUST 15, 2016 7PM
THE COMPANY YOU KEEP
Writer and storyteller Leslie Magowan joins Nadina Mackie Jackson, solo bassoon playing Weber, Andante & Rondo; Gebauer, Trio Opus 33, no.3 with Ema Nikolovska, violin; Rory McLeod, viola and Bryan Lu, cello.
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SEPTEMBER 25, 2016 3PM 
OPHELIA SPEAKS
Nadina Mackie Jackson, solo bassoon, with Bijan Sepanji, Steve Koh, Rory McLeod, Bryan Lu and Joe Phillips, Vivaldi Concerti no.14 & 27, Lussier Le Dernier Chant d’Ophelie with works for solo strings.
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OCTOBER 24, 2016 7PM
IN THE EVENT OF TRUE HAPPINESS
Ninja poet Harry Posner reading his original works of poetry and prose. Nadina plays Silver Angel by Constantine Caravassilis, conducted by the composer.
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NOVEMBER 14, 2016 7PM
FOLK TO BAROQUE
Songs new and timeless, written and sung by Canada’s great Valdy Horsdal, with Karel Roessingh, piano and Nadina Mackie Jackson, solo bassoon.  This show will be repeated as a house concert on November 15 in Drayton, Ontario.
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DECEMBER 5, 2016 7PM
KICK-ASS MUSIC FOR BASSOON AND PIANO
Dr. Heather Taves and Nadina Mackie Jackson play Prokofiev’s glorious Opus 94 and the mysterious, magnificently tortured Skalkottas Sonata Concertanteby Greek composer, Nikos Skalkattos.
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DECEMBER 19, 2016 5 PM – NOTE NEW TIME!
VIVALDI CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Nadina’s Holiday tradition, six festive and rarely-heard bassoon concerti performed by Toronto’s top professional bassoonists, including Michael Sweeney, Catherine Chen, Samuel Banks, Fraser Jackson and Nadina, with chamber strings and delightful extras, like a Bartok duo for two bassoons and a singing bass player!
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JANUARY 22, 2017 7PM

TELEMANN TWELVE FANTASIAS –  Nadina presents Telemann’s Twelve Fantasias in a candlelight concert that will be your lowest carbon footprint classical outing of the sea on. Ring in the New Year with a Fantasia for each month in a concert that is shorter than it sounds!  Listen to Nadina’s recording of the Fantasias on her SoundCloud channel.

JUNE 18, 2017 3PM 

DARWOOD’S WILD BASSOON
A tale of transformation, told through the eyes of a young Dragon whose only wish is to be a bassoonist. Story narrated by a surprise celebrity guest accompanied by bassoon music and Nadina’s life-sized paintings. Concert opens with a Vivaldi Bassoon Concerto.
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POSTPONED TO 2018
VOICE OF LOVE
Paula Arciniega, mezzo soprano, and Paul Jenkins, harpsichord, join Nadina for gorgeous arias with obligato bassoon, from baroque to modern, solo works for harpsichord and selections from Les Delices de la Solitude.

POSTPONED TO 2018
HIGH AND LOW
Virtuoso flautist Leslie Newman joins Nadina for an evening of favourite duos including Villa-Lobos, Bozza, Francaix and Gebauer.

POSTPONED TO 2018
VALDY TO VIVALDI
Valdy Horsdal, Karel Roessingh, piano and Nadina Mackie Jackson, bassoon, from the Valdy songbook and beyond.

POSTPONED TO 2018
T-MINUS TEN, NINE, EIGHT…
All new space-themed music with pianist and author Heather Taves, one of Canada’s finest soloists, performing her own works and reading from her memoir. Concert includes bassoon concerto Apollo X by Paul Frehner, and a Major Tom singalong!

 

AUDIENCE COMMENTS

AUDIENCE REVIEWS FROM OPHELIA SPEAKS, SEPT 25 2016

I like the venue, the atmosphere, the fact that it’s a worthwhile series…The music was transporting…what a pleasure and privilege to hear live, unrecorded, unamplified music being created right in front of us and just for our pleasure.  The immediacy of it all sort of upped the stakes and made us pay attention very intently lest we miss any of it.

The intros by the soloists was just about perfect.  In fact maybe it was perfect as I can’t think of how to improve it.  They had enough time to say something about themselves and the music and you have created an atmosphere in which they feel comfortable exposing themselves a little.  Really, that was so well done.  After Bijan’s solo I very nearly stood up and asked him to please play it again – just the same thing but again – It was exquisite and I was not ready to leave it.  It was kind of as if I’d been kissed on the cheek by the most beautiful woman in the world and although I didn’t need to plank her right then and there or have children with her – but I would have liked to gaze into her eyes for another 60 seconds before she became an afterglow. Steve’s introduction was, I thought at the time, maybe a little schmaltzy for my taste and then 15 seconds later I felt embarrassed for thinking that as he was obviously so sincere and I felt I’d been called out for being cynical.  That was only the start of the emotional trip he escorted me on in the next few minutes!  I was so glad to be in the front row because just watching his face go through the progression of emotions as he squeezed such magic out of the violin was worth coming out for if that’s all there was to the concert!  I was truly grateful to him for 1/ being so vulnerable and putting that into the music and 2/ For being so damn good.  Those solos stand out, but all of them – no exceptions – were great.  I remember thinking I could have used more of each of them and it’s a sure mark of success to leave the audience wanting more.  Johnny Lucas

I’m not into religions, but sitting in that little church yesterday afternoon almost made me religious! What a great concert. All the players were very good — individually and as an ensemble — and you were stellar as usual. The program was beautifully shaped. I could see the strings were feeding off your great energy in the Vivaldi. You always astound me with your musical and technical abilities. We are already looking forward to your next concert. Ulla Colgrass

We so enjoyed your concert yesterday. The music was very well chosen and I really liked the idea of breaking up the ensemble into soloists, which personalizes the presentation and gives such great variety to the music.And I think there’s no match for you on this planet for bassoon playing (how do you play those fast triplets so clearly and well in time?)—and certainly no match for appearance! Your costume (including your hair) was terrific. Michael Colgrass

AUDIENCE REVIEWS FROM THE COMPANY YOU KEEP, AUG 15 2016

It was so great to hear your lovely playing last night. I had forgotten how gorgeous the sound of a bassoon is. Loved hearing the Weber, which I know so well! C. C. 

Last night was wonderful. The last piece knocked my socks off!! D.W. 

Your commitment to your own musical instincts is so inspiring… you play with such conviction that it really seems like each phrase really cannot be played any other way. M.S. 

Your generosity of spirit is evident in your quest for collaboration with like-minded artists. I just about jumped out of my seat and cried out, “me, too! M. S. 

The intimacy of the evening, the quality of the performance!!! And the energy that the musicians shared was the best.  If there were another concert tonight – I’d be there! J. L. 

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Photos are from the recording session for Silver Angel by Constantine Caravassilis. 

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