Thursday, March 30, 2017
   
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Stretch Orchestra teaches and plays in Ottawa today

Kevin Breit Matt Brubeck
Kevin Breit (l) and Matt Brubeck (r) perform in the Stretch Orchestra's CD Release concert
at the 2011 Guelph Jazz Festival.   photos ©Brett Delmage, 2011

The Stretch Orchestra may be the tallest band in Canada, with an average height of 6'5". According to the shortest member of the group, Jesse Stewart (at only 6'3") "it is also one of the most eclectic". The group, with Stewart on waterphone and percussion, Matt Brubeck on very cool carbon fibre cello, and Kevin Breit on a variety of guitars, recently released it's first album of the same name. They routinely traverse a wide gamut of musical styles—from jazz to rock to folk to various world influences, sometimes within a single tune. Their music stretches your ears.

The trio will present a master class at Carleton University from 3-5 p.m. today that is open to the public ($10 admission), followed by a house concert at 7:30 p.m..

    – Brett Delmage