A true communicator, she confidently venturing into new works, venues and collaborations, joining forces with emerging and established composers, performers and thinkers, sharing her joy and continual sense of discovery with audiences.
18 new works for solo bassoon and orchestra were written for her in the last decade and she sees great importance in continually commissioning new composers to expand the voice of the bassoon
Recent solo recordings include Vivaldi Concerti Volume I with Nicholas McGegan and the Juno short-listed Canadian Concerto Project with Guy Few and group of twenty-seven chamber orchestra.
Performing with folk legend Valdy and other virtuoso musicians and orchestras, Nadina has toured extensively across Canada, the US, to Europe and Japan.
Also a visual artist, Nadina has shown regularly in the past 20 years, selling to private collectors, designing album covers and creating original displays for Toronto storefronts. Nadina’s next big art project is to finish the remaining 13 paintings in the series of 24 painting for Darwood’s Wild Bassoon
“Mackie Jackson tosses off rapid-fire runs… gorgeous singing tone” (Winnipeg Free Press)
“Brilliant artistry shines out like a jewel” (Audio Society of Atlanta)
Updated February, 2019
“true phenomenon…absolute virtuosity, Mackie Jackson imparted the depth, reach and importance of her beloved instrument”
Blog review Margot Aldrich, Halifax, [October 30, 2015]
“…Mackie Jackson tossed off rapid-fire runs during the short work’s first movement before displaying her gorgeous singing tone and lightly executed ornamentation in the second …”
Holly Harris, Winnipeg Free Press, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Westminster United Church [March 12, 2014]
“Nadina Mackie Jackson takes full advantage of the beautiful voice of the bassoon…. brilliant artistry shines out like a jewel in a perfect setting…bold and full…deeply expressive… rapid fire… a gleeful abandon that infers the entire group”
Audio Society of Atlanta, Phil Muse, March 2014, CD review for Vivaldi Concerti Volume I
“…Tremendous colour and a riot of textures…the playing of the ensemble at this point was so extraordinary…perfectly sweet and mellow… danced, sparkling, over the edge of its time, and dissolved into an energized audience…”
Stanley Fefferman, OpusOneReview, André Laplante Makes Beautiful Music with his Friends at TSM (Toronto Summer Music Festival), July 2013
“With its top-notch soloist [Nadina Mackie Jackson] paired with some of the best baroque string and continuo players in North America this is easily one of the finest recordings of Vivaldi on modern instruments out there. Congratulations to all involved for a job very well done.”
Ryan Romine, IDRS Journal, Issue 36:1, July 2013, review of Vivaldi Concerti Volume I