Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30pm)
Admission: $20 (available at the door)

"INCANTATIONS" for dancer and two musicians, featuring:

  • Patricia Nicholson - dance
  • William Parker - strings, brass, and flutes
  • Jesse Stewart - percussion

Legendary New York City bassist and multi-instrumentalist William Parker is doing a residency in Ottawa in March. According to the Boston Globe, "William Parker has emerged as the most important leader of the current avant-garde scene in jazz." Similarly, a recent review in UK’s Jazzwise magazine described Parker as "a monumental pillar of the global free jazz community."

Patricia Nicholson is active as a poet, dancer, and choreographer. She is the founder and director of the non-profit Arts for Art organization and the Vision Festival in New York City. She began organizing in 1981, when she organized and choreographed A Thousand Cranes Opera at Dag Hammerskjold Plaza for the opening of the UN Special Sessions on Disarmament. In 1984 and again in ‘88, she worked with Peter Kowald and William Parker to help organize the Sound Unity Festivals. In 1993, she successfully initiated and coordinated the Improvisers Collective, which ran through 1995 with weekly performances at Context Studios on Avenue A in the East Village. The Collective consisted of avantjazz musicians, dancers, poets and visual artists, providing these artists with opportunities for multidisciplinary experimentation in composition and improvisation.Based on the  success of the Collective, Ms. Parker founded Arts for Art in 1995 to present the Vision Festival, and has expanded AFA activities to include Vision Collaboration Festival (dance/music collaborations). She has received the “Producer of the Year” award given by the Jazz Journalists Association on three occasions (2003, 2007 and 2008).

Jesse Stewart is an award-winning percussionist, composer, improviser, artist, instrument builder, educator, and writer. A dynamic and inventive performer, Stewart has a remarkable ability to coax unexpected—even magical—sounds out of virtually any resonating object or material. He has performed with many internationally acclaimed musicians including George Lewis, Roswell Rudd, Bill Dixon, William Parker, Evan Parker and many others. In a 2002 review, Texas-based music critic Frank Rubolino described him as “ of the finest young drummers and percussionists on the scene today” (One Final Note Summer/Fall 2002). He teaches music composition at Carleton University in Ottawa.

Patricia Nicholson and William Parker speak about their work and their thoughts on jazz and improvisation at a workshop on Thursday afternoon at Carleton University. Parker will also give a masterclass on Friday afternoon at Carleton. Parker will also perform with Stewart and with baritone saxophonist David Mott on Friday evening at GigSpace.

Listen to William Parker speaking about the political and spiritual content/context of jazz and free music:

Carleton University Art Gallery
St. Patrick's Building
Carleton University
[map] (look for "SP")

See some coverage of William Parker and Jesse Stewart: