Duo de Margerie-Jackson
Bassoon & Piano
Bassoonist Fraser Jackson and pianist Monique de Margerie have been playing music together since 2009. They met at the Cammac Music Festival in Québec where they still teach every summer. Specializing in a broad range of musical styles, they have given several recitals at Toronto's Gallery 345, as well as concerts at the Indiana University School of Music, the University of Toronto's Thursday Noon Series, the German Christmas Festival in Quebec City, and at Meta House, the German cultural centre in Phnom Penh. They have collaborated with such musicians as violinist Marie Bérard, clarinettists Dominic Desautels and Jean-François Normand, and singer Patricia O'Callaghan. In 2020, they founded a concert series on their front porch which led to tours of several other porches and backyards as well as three performances at The Eddie Farm Hotel's Sunday Proms Series in Ontario's Prince Edward County. A recital in November, 2022 at 918 Bathurst in Toronto featured the duo with musicians from the Toronto Symphony in works for wind sextet by Bunch, Ibert, Wolfgang and Ravel and the Cayman Arts Festival will feature the duo in recital with flutist Sibylle Marquardt and singer/composer Michael Donovan in March, 2023, in the Cayman Islands. The porch series also led to the release of their first recording, Home Suite Home, which features an eclectic mix of music from C.P.E. Bach and Robert Schumann, to Poulenc, Ravel, and Bill Douglas.