With her shock of blue hair and his leather garb, Nadina Mackie Jackson and Guy Few could excuse you for mistaking them for rock gods – not classical musicians.
Modern day traveling musicians, Few and Mackie Jackson have been touring since they were teenagers, performing across Canada and around the world as soloists, chamber musicians and orchestral players.
From their beginnings in rural Canada to the international concert stages of the world, their lives and music weave a fascinating story that will be brought to life in Play On Words – A Storyteller’s Recital.
An album of audio snapshots, the program intersperses some of the duo’s favourite musical works, complimented by personal stories of travel and touring.
The performances include repertoire by Bodin de Boismortier, Antonio Vivaldi, Niccolò Paganini, Johann Sebastian Bach, Carl Maria von Weber, Alexandre Tansman, Astor Piazzolla, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Harry Simeone and Camille Saint-Saëns
As the American Record Guide said: those who attend a Guy & Nadina performance can attest that “they stand out in the classical music world, to be sure, and they are terrific musicians with engaging personalities, too.”
Acclaimed recording artists, Guy and Nadina have released three blockbuster CDs, each one expanding the concerto repertoire for trumpet and bassoon.
Spring 2013 was celebrated with the release of the Canadian Concerto Project, a recording that was just nominated for a 2014 JUNO award. This CD explores various styles of music including contemporary jazz and from the inspiration taken from exotic locations
This current season, by far their busiest, will again see them travel 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 and various chamber performances
• Guy and Madina play Saturday, March 29 at 8 p.m. at Westacres – 23575 – 124th Ave. Tickets are $30. Info: 604-467-3162 or firstname.lastname@example.org.