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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. At home in a broad range of musical styles, they perform music from Baroque to Romantic, to Mozart to jazz and film music. 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. 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. 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.

Album

Home Suite Home

Fraser Jackson & Monique de Margerie

A beautiful collection of short pieces for bassoon and piano based on front porch concerts given during the Covid-19 lockdown. Includes works for solo piano, solo bassoon, contrabassoon, even a few dashes of violin, cello and clarinet.

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Press / Reviews

Moving and uplifting, the smooth expressive playing of Jackson’s performance coupled with de Margerie’s elegant interpretation must have been a delightful and unique experience for their neighbours; and now for the rest of us too.” - Melissa Scott

The WholeNote Magazine

 "Well, that's about as gorgeous as it gets..." -- Julie Nesrallah, CBC Radio (January, 2022)

"Such heartfelt and honest music making from both of you, 
really lovely collection of works, great variety, singing tone (from all of you!), immaculate style. Congratulations on a terrific project." -- Christopher Millard, Principal Bassoon, National Arts Centre Orchestra

"Isn't that a beautiful thing? ...Monique [is] a wonderful pianist... these [are] great musicians... we'll be playing more of that in the future, I am certain." -- Tom Allen, CBC Radio (December 16, 2021)

"Fraser, you and Monique have made a beautiful thing! I love the playing on your CD, and the choice of music, and the overall feeling of warmth and affection.... A generous and artful sharing. I love the playing. From both of you, such easygoing virtuosity. I love that both of you play with suppleness and aliveness to shifting color and mood.... And then, after so many styles and moods, the Douglas jazz music sounds wonderfully idiomatic and spirited, too. Yowza. What a wonderful project to have emerged from lockdown! Talk about silver linings....  Thank you both very much, and big thanks to all your collaborators, for bringing something so lovely into the world." -- John Steinmetz, composer, Los Angeles

"I am loving listening to this CD! Wow!!" -- Catherine Carignan, bassoonist, Brazil

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