A rare treat, Duo Affinité is coming to Quadra Community Centre for a performance of “stunning beauty” and “pure virtuosity” on Sunday, October 25th at 7:00 PM. Combining instruments which have rarely been paired, the trumpet and bassoon of Canadian soloists Guy Few and Nadina Mackie Jackson will enrapture and enchant with their unique blend of creative energy, unusual repertoire and multi-instrumental dexterity (Few sometimes plays the piano and trumpet simultaneously.)
Chosen early in his career by the Canada Council as Most Promising Artist in both piano and brass, trumpeter, Guy Few has won many prizes for his performance on both instruments. As a solo pianist, trumpeter, cornist, and singer, he is in demand with various orchestras and at festivals throughout Canada and the USA. Graduating from Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario with a Gold Medal, Guy also holds a Fellowship Diploma from Trinity College, London, England. Guy performs and records regularly with Bellows and Brass, Nadina Mackie Jackson (bassoon), and Stepahnie Mara (piano). Guy has appeared on Canadian, American and European television broadcasts and is heard regularly on CBC Radio and NPR. He lives in Elora, Ontario, Canada, and is a part time faculty member at Wilfrid Laurier University where he conducts the Wilfrid Laurier Brass Ensemble and teaches trumpet and duo piano.
Born on a remote ranch in northern B. C., bassoonist, Nadina Mackie Jackson dedicates part of her performance time to rural areas where she has introduced the rare voice of the bassoon to hundreds of people. She is currently on faculty at the Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario and at the University of Toronto and the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music. Her recordings are regularly heard on CBC Radio and she performs at festivals throughout North America. As an orchestral musician, Nadina records and performs as principal bassoon of the To-ronto Chamber Orchestra, the baroque ensemble Aradia, and often with Les Violons du Roy. She was the principal bassoonist of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra for two years and spent the first decade of her career as a member of the Montréal Symphony Orchestra.
Working together as Duo Affinité, Mackie Jackson and Few have a long term commissioning and recording project that encompasses five new double concerti for trumpet, bassoon and orchestra along with new solo concerti for each instrument. The first disc in this series is Bacchanale on MSR Classics, released in June 2007 which recently won the 2009 Just Plain Folks Best Classical Orchestral Album in Nashville, Tennessee. Mackie Jackson said: “that the recognition and award for her CD was exhilarating given the high level of competition but the biggest thrill of all was to perform at the Wild Horse Saloon in the company of incredibly talented musicians from other walks of our profession.” Their second CD, Romanza, was released in June, 2009 and a third (Francophonia) is underway.
Described as “…an irresistible combination of extraordinary musicianship and engaging showboating,” (For the record, 2008) Duo Affinité will delight all concertgoers. Advance tickets 17$ (students 16 and under are free when accompanied by an adult) available at the usual outlets: Quadra Crafts, Heriot Bay; Hummingbird Art and Office Supply, Quathiaski Cove; and the Music Plant in Campbell River. Door price: 20$ For concert information phone: 285-2580. Artist information, visit: www.latitude45arts.com/artists/view/duo_affinite