Jesse Stewart is an award-winning composer, improviser, percussionist, visual artist, instrument builder, researcher, writer, educator, and community activist dedicated to re-imagining the spaces between artistic disciplines.
Jesse spent 5 memorable days at VibraFusionLab in April, 2016. Here is a short video of Jesse by Pam Haasen of London Fuse.
Whoever said nothing cool happens in London?
Stewart’s style of percussion–and most tangibly drumming–is a blend of control and loose, jangly improvisation. His use of the drum kit as more than a 4-on-the-floor time-keeper is remarkably engaging to witness. The meld of jazzy twitches and taiko-style booming war drums has the kind of influence on time that a really good kiss does. You get lost, you stop thinking about your daily woes, and you live presently for the time being.
What’s really intriguing is his addition of the Reactable in his performance. Reactable
is an electronic musical instrument with a tabletop Tangible User Interfaceand backlit display facing up. The user places tangible objects on the surface of the table which creates a virtual modular synthesizer, creating music or sound effects.
Thank goddess for David Bobier at the Vibrafusion Lab for inviting Jesse to bring his travelling instruments to London, Ontario for a week in residence at 355 Clarence Street from April 12th – 15th. Jesse will also be performing live at VFL on Friday night alongside Transmorphous Ensemble and Timothy Glasgow and as a special treat for Londoners, he will be playing a short set on Thursday April 14th as part of Cailen Dye’s Open Mic for Original Performance (also at Vibrafusion Lab).
Jesse’s website is http://www.jessestewart.ca/home.html