2017 PERFORMING ARTISTS:
P J Perry, saxophone (Edmonton)
Neil Swainson, bass (Toronto)
Jennifer Murphy, violin (Ireland)
Bryn Badel, posthorn (Victoria)
Tom Stone, violin (San Francisco)
Laila Zakzook, viola (Toronto)
Jacob Cordover, classical guitar (Barcelona)
Aaron Schwebel, violin (Toronto)
Leana Rutt, cello (Winnipeg)
Marc Ryser, piano (Boston),
Steven Dann, viola (Toronto)
Drew Comstock, cello (Toronto)
Brian Dickinson, jazz piano, (Toronto)
Les Ault, flute, (Toronto)
Nels Guloien, drums (Vancouver)
Elizabeth Skinner, violin (Victoria)
Madlen Breckbill, viola
Katya Poplyanski, violin (no info available yet)
Buon Park, violin (no info available yet)
If you haven’t been to MBTS before it is worth taking the time to read about how we programme. We are not a normal festival, in the sense that people normally buy tickets for a particular artist on a particular night. Instead, we create a “company” of individual artists from across the country and the globe, both jazz and classical, who then collaborate to create the programme.
Once we have confirmed all the artists in April, we begin a process of developing a repertoire wish list. From this list we determine our final programme. Generally, a typical concert contains a short piece or two from a variety of artists in the company, in a variety of collaborations, both jazz and classical. If you’d like to see more, view our previous programmes here.
Jazz selections are announced from the stage. We have been doing this long enough now that audiences are buying tickets before they know the programme or the artists— because they are confident that every concert will have a large, thoughtfully chosen, selection of the company and different genres.