July 5-8, 2023
Written and Performed by Jesse Stewart
Evening Performances @ 7:30pm
Saturday Matinee @ 2:00pm
Preview: July 5
Running Time: Approximately 90 mins — no intermission
An old man on a beach.
A key cutter in a suburban shopping mall.
A Syrian refugee in a crowded public square.
What connects these seemingly disparate individuals?
In this poignant one-person show, award-winning interdisciplinary artist Jesse Stewart combines storytelling and original music to explore the profound impact that strangers can have on us.
Don’t miss this thought-provoking examination of human connection and empathy, brought to life by one of Ottawa’s most innovative artists.
Meet Your Producer!
Holding degrees in music, visual art, and English and theatre studies, Oshawa-born/Ottawa-based interdisciplinary artist Jesse Stewart is dedicated to reimagining the spaces between artistic disciplines.
His music has been documented on over twenty recordings including Stretch Orchestra’s self-titled debut album, which was honoured with the 2012 “Instrumental Album of the Year” Juno award.
Having been widely commissioned as a composer and artist, he has created instruments, music, performance art works, and interactive sound art installations using such diverse materials as stone, ice, water, fire, glass, books, turntables, chemical reactions, and more.
His work has been heralded by critics, journalists, and creative practitioners from around the globe who have described it as “truly exciting” (Musicworks 76), “exceptional” (Cadence Oct. 2002), “phenomenal” (Cadence Nov. 1999), and “ingenious” (Exclaim! June 2006). “Stewart quietly opens the door for us to a limitless world of delicate sonic beauty” writes Randy Raine- Reusch in Musicworks 97.
“Highly recommended ear-cleansing” states a review in Italy’s Touching Extremes (2007).
“Jesse Stewart is an eloquent and poetically powerful percussionist, composer, improviser and teacher—a man of ideas and inventions,” writes jazz legend William Parker.
“Jesse is an incredibly innovative artist. He‘s a performance artist, a jazz drummer, an incredible creative force” states Roman Borys, cellist with the internationally acclaimed Gryphon Trio and former Artistic Director of the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival.
“He’s extraordinary,” states creative polymath Michael Snow, “he is constantly surprising.”
Jesse Stewart is a professor of music in Carleton University’s music program and an adjunct professor in the visual arts department at the University of Ottawa.
Regular (65+) $37
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