Jonathan Stuchbery is a performing artist dedicated to reaching audiences on a personal level and to pursuing joy through artistic expression.

Fall 2016

I've been enjoying a very fruitful and inspiring year of music making. The August series of concerts with the Cygnus Trio proved to be a lot of work and a *great* deal of fun! The high point for us was premiering AMALGAM by Charles Zoll, which was written for us. Charles came to Montreal from Arizona for the premier on August 14, and we got to spend the next weekend together as he attended the next two performances of the piece. A huge thanks to Charles for being not only a top-notch composer but for…Read more

End of 2015-16 school year, and summer music

Another year at study at McGill is over. Time to shake off all the school year stress, and get to work on some exciting new projects. The semester ended well for me, I'm feeling very encouraged by the improvement I made over the past year studying with Jérôme Ducharme, and have worked up some highly enjoyable repertoire. I mentioned some of the endeavours I'll be beginning with the Cygnus Trio in my last blog post, we are currently finalizing our program decisions for our August concert series, which will…Read more

The Cygnus Trio

I'm excited to be announcing a new project starting up this summer.  Erica Jacobs-Perkins (violin), Ben Stuchbery (flute), and I have come together again to form the Cygnus Trio!  We will be using our uncommon instrumentation, to bring across new perspectives in music.  Our emphasis is on bringing music TO YOU!  We are on a mission to bring music to a wide variety of venues; to those who seek it, and those who don't know where to start looking. We've been playing together since January 2015, and starting…

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This fall, and What's Next!

It's been a busy fall semester at McGill, and busier still with performing.  I played to exciting programs at Christ Church Cathedral in September and October.  One was a solo program, featuring latin american guitar music, and the other was a duo recital with clarinetist Manon Champel.  Both were very successful, with two appreciative audiences.  I also performed with the McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble, premiering Juro Kim Feliz's piece "Wilujeng" for Large Ensemble.  My next performance will in…Read more
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Projet Montreal - Verdun Corn Roast

Last Saturday I had a pleasant afternoon providing music for the Projet Montreal's Corn Roast outside the Church of the Epiphany in Verdun.  It was a well attended event, despite it drizzling a little over the course of the afternoon, and the corn was *delicious*!  It was a pleasure to play at this event.  If you are interested in learning more about the Projet Montreal municipal party, here is a link to the Verdun Project's facebook page https://www.facebook.com/PMVerdun?fref=ts
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Summer's Come and Gone. Hello, Autumn!

Here I am back in Montreal, after what proved to be an excellent and productive summer! With the academic year now started I'd like to share some of the highlights of the summer.  I enjoyed the opportunity to perform a number of recitals in BC's Okanagan Valley throughout the months of June, and July, which provided me with many things to work on during my practicing time.  It was my immense pleasure to present "Bajo la Palmera" (Under the Palm), a concert featuring music of the Mediterranean, and Latin…Read more
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The Beautiful Okanagan Valley, and more..!

Good day friends and fans!  I'm writing from home in Penticton BC, where I've been settling in over the past 3 weeks after a long (and thoroughly enjoyable) year of school in Montreal.  It's been quite a change of pace, going from hurrying from classes to rehearsals, to gigs, and back to my place for the occasional sleep, to quiet days.  I sure have a lot of time in my hands, and I'd like to share with you what kind of things I've been getting up to with all of it!  If you'll look at my upcoming events…Read more

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Lost Islands: The Cygnus Trio

Gallery 345, 345 Sorauren Avenue #3, Toronto, Ontario

Lost Islands A reflection on personal geography and memory

Thursday February 22, 2017 at 8 pm Tickets $25/$10 Student (cash only at the door) Reserve tickets at info@gallery345.com

Program

Okanagan Landscapes - Selwyn Redivo (b. 1953)

Okanagan Vignettes - Anita Perry (b. 1960)

I Saw Three Ships - Traditional arr. Jonathan Stuchbery (b. 1995)

Dissolve, O my heart - Missy Mazzoli (b. 1980)

Simple Gifts - Traditional arr. Jonathan Stuchbery

Algoma Miniatures - Arie Van de Ven (b. 1995)

Sound, music, images, geography: all these concepts influence our memory. Think of a place from your childhood. What do you hear, what do you see? How can you describe this feeling of remembering the past? In a sense, the places we have made our homes and have now left are lost to us; we may be able to physically return, but our memories preserve it in a different way. Stories of islands which disappear after a first discovery or even after being inhabited for a time permeate Canadian folklore, from the Thousand Islands in the St. Lawrence to more isolated islands in the Great Lakes and beyond. The prevalence of these stories suggests a deep collective sorrow for remembered times and places which, once gone, are gone forever.

The Cygnus Trio, in collaboration with composers with deep geographical ties, offers a program of music and poetry reflecting on this loss and the relationship between memory and location. The program features works by four Canadian composers, folk tunes and poetry. Anita Perry and Selwyn Redivo offer musical meditations upon the landscape of the Okanagan Valley, past home of brothers Ben (flute) and Jonathan (guitar), and the trio will premiere Ontario native Arie Van de ven’s Algoma Miniatures. The musical components of the program are tied together with poetry by W. B. Yeats, and Nancy Holmes, tying a deep sense of place to the remembrance of the past.

Lost Islands: The Cygnus Trio

Church of the Ascension, 253 Echo Drive, Ottawa

Lost Islands The first stop on our summer 2018 tour. A reflection on personal geography and memory

Sound, music, images, geography: all these concepts influence our memory. Think of a place from your childhood. What do you hear, what do you see? How can you describe this feeling of remembering the past? In a sense, the places we have made our homes and have now left are lost to us; we may be able to physically return, but our memories preserve it in a different way. Stories of islands which disappear after a first discovery or even after being inhabited for a time permeate Canadian folklore, from the Thousand Islands in the St. Lawrence to more isolated islands in the Great Lakes and beyond. The prevalence of these stories suggests a deep collective sorrow for remembered times and places which, once gone, are gone forever.

The Cygnus Trio, in collaboration with composers with deep geographical ties, offers a program of music and poetry reflecting on this loss and the relationship between memory and location. The program features works by four Canadian composers, folk tunes and poetry. Anita Perry and Selwyn Redivo offer musical meditations upon the landscape of the Okanagan Valley, past home of brothers Ben (flute) and Jonathan (guitar), and the trio will premiere Ontario native Arie Van de ven’s Algoma Miniatures. The musical components of the program are tied together with poetry by W. B. Yeats, and Nancy Holmes, tying a deep sense of place to the remembrance of the past.

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