GUY & NADINA
This duo worked together from 2006 until 2017.
“they stand out in the classical music world, to be sure, and they are terrific musicians with engaging personalities, too.” (American Record Guide, Feb. 2014).
Known internationally as soloists, chamber musicians, recitalists and even fashionistas, Guy Few and Nadina Mackie Jackson performed in Canada and the USA as concerto soloists, multi-instrumental recitalists and recording artists. In the 2011-12 season, Guy & Nadina toured in British Columbia, the Yukon and the Prairies and were featured at the Oregon Bach Festival. The 2012-13 season saw them in Ontario and Atlantic Canada. 2014 saw them concertizing across Canada presented by the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Prairie Debut, presenters in Ontario and British Columbia and with the Okanagan Symphony, Orchestra Toronto, Orchestra London Canada, group of twenty seven chamber orchestra (Toronto) and various chamber performances.
Acclaimed recording artists, Guy & Nadina released three blockbuster CDs, each one expanding the concerto repertoire for trumpet and bassoon. Bacchanale (with Toronto Chamber Orchestra and Kevin Mallon), won “Best Classical Orchestral Album 2009” from Just Plain Folks Music Awards. Romanza (with TCO and Nicholas McGegan), was a media favourite, garnering rave reviews from International Double Reed Society and International Trumpet Guild among many others. After Hours gave everyone a taste of the duo’s favourite pieces which they often performed live.
Canadian Concerto Project, a recording that was nominated for a 2014 Juno award and nominated in 2017 for Best Classical Album with Just Plain Folks.This CD explores various styles of music including contemporary jazz and from the inspiration taken from exotic locations. Named “Canadian Album of the Year” by Mark Turner, of Classical Connection on CFCR 90.5FM, the Canadian Concerto Project features works by Mathieu Lussier, Michael Occhipinti and Glenn Buhr with Guy & Nadina, group of twenty-seven chamber ensemble under the baton of Eric Paetkau.
Nadina worked with composers and organization to have many new works created for trumpet and bassoon since 2006. Through the support of CBC, FACTOR and the Ontario Arts Council, the repertoire has expanded to include four double concerti for trumpet, bassoon & orchestra, one triple concerto for trumpet, bassoon, harp and wind symphony and two symphonic poems along with many smaller gems.
As dedicated teachers and music advocates, Guy & Nadina are in great demand as speakers, master teachers and interpretational coaches. Their hosts have included the University of British Columbia, Ithaca College, Scotiafest, the University of Manitoba, Mount Royal University and many others. Guy maintains a studio at Wilfrid Laurier University, teaching trumpet and coaching chamber music. Nadina teaches at the University of Toronto and The Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School.
Here is a partial list of concerti commissioned by Nadina and others for trumpet and bassoon with premiere and repeat performance dates:
Sicilian Proverbs (2013)by Michael Occhipinti for trumpet, bassoon & string orchestra with percussion and electric guitar, commissioned by Nadina Mackie Jackson – premiered April 25, 2014 , Bloor Street United Church– group of twenty-seven chamber orchestra led by Eric Paetkau
Thirteen Seconds by Michael Occhipinti – for trumpet, bassoon & string orchestra with percussion and electric guitar – gift of composer-premiered April 25, 2014, Bloor Street United Church – group of twenty-seven chamber orchestra led by Eric Paetkau
Nightfall, Opus 27 (2009) by Mathieu Lussier for trumpet, bassoon, harp and wind ensemble, commissioned by the American Wind Symphony – premiered November 23, 2009, Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, WLU Wind Ensemble led by Michael Purves-Smith
Fort Coligny (2014)by Mathieu Lussier for trumpet, bassoon & orchestra – premiered February 16, 2014, Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts– Orchestra Toronto led by Kevin Mallon
man will only grieve if he believes the sun stands still (from Bassoon Concerto No. 2)(2010) by Glenn Buhr (also exists in a version for corno da caccia & bassoon – premiered 2010 at Grand River Baroque Festival, led by Eric Paetkau) – November 9, 2012, Grace Church on the Hil – group of twenty-seven led by Eric Paetkau
Carnets de Voyages (2007)by Alain Trudel, double concerto for trumpet & bassoon with string orchestra and percussion, commissioned by CBC – premiered February 8, 2008, Glenn Gould Studio, CBC, Toronto Chamber Orchestra led by Alain Trudel
Spring Lullaby (2007) by Mathieu Lussier for bassoon & string orchestra – 2010, Ayr, Ontario, Grand River Baroque Festival Orchestra led by Eric Paetkau (also exists in a version for corno da caccia & bassoon, premiered in 2009 with Georgian Bay Symphony led by John Barnum)
Bacchanale by Mathieu Lussier version for trumpet & bassoon with string orchestra – premiered 2007, Ayr, Ontario, Grand River Baroque Festival; 2007, Fredonia, New York, State University of New York at Fredonia 2007; 2012 , Saskatoon, Amati Strings
Double Concerto by Mathieu Lussier for trumpet & bassoon with string orchestra, premiered 2007, 2010 Grand River Baroque Festival ;2014, Okanagan Symphony Orchestra led by Rosemary Thomson; April 4, 2014, Kelowna Community Theatre, Kelowna, B.C; April 5, 2014, Cleland Community Theatre, Penticton, B. C.; April 6, 2016, Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre, Vernon, B. C.
“… the premiere of Mathieu Lussier’s Double Concerto [Fort Coligny] for Bassoon and trumpet was spectacular and entrancing. Soloists Nadina Mackie Jackson and Guy few were mesmerizing.”
Audience review, George Weston Recital Hall at Toronto Centre for the Arts [February 16, 2014]
“…it was Guy Few and Nadina Mackie Jackson who stole the show Tuesday. This duo is not what you expect of a virtuoso classical outfit….an example of cutting edge performance style.”
Guelph Mercury, Joanne Shuttleworth [June 1, 2011]
“The most extraordinary wind duo in Canada, and friends for over a decade, Nadina + Guy take their unprecedented combination of instruments and experiences across North America to the delight of main stage audiences far and wide. Concert goers report a new level of inspiration and motivation in their own lives from hearing the stories and music of Nadina + Guy.”
“Bassoonist Nadina Mackie Jackson and trumpeter/pianist Guy Few dazzled a rapt … audience … transported the listener in an eclectic programme…fierce displays of technique… a most satisfying afternoon..”
The Barrie Examiner, September 30, 2010
“….completely engaging from the moment they walked on stage…. glorious… a fascinating and joyful concert…”
Oliver Chronicle, Val Friesen, November 4, 2009
“…exquisite virtuosos…tossing melodies seamlessly between two instruments… amazing musicality…their duet is super-heroic…”
Vernon Morning Star, October 2009
“…lightning-quick parallel runs are breathtakingly exact…the immensely capable soloists constantly shine through the even texture…”
Lorin Wilkerson, April 2009
BUZZ = CROW
CHILDREN’S SHOW: A delightful story of discovery, magic and music as the forever child of Buzz discovers the trumpet, and is led by the mysterious, glittering bassoon-wielding Crow to discover the full range of music’s gifts.
Programs include Word Play, Blast from the Past, Shades of Play, Romanza, Bacchanale, Carnets de Voyages and Travel Book.
“…lightning-quick parallel runs are breathtakingly exact… the immensely capable soloists constantly shine through the even texture…”
Northwest Reverb, Lorin Wilkerson [April 4, 2009]
“… exquisite double-tonguing…. equally exquisite lyricism… making us literally want to ‘dance’ to her interpretation… this recording is the very best of the Hummel Bassoon Concerto…a fabulous recording.”
Northwest Reverb, Lorin Wilkerson [April 4, 2009]
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