Solo bassoonist, NADINA MACKIE JACKSON is the most widely recorded Canadian bassoonist in history .
A true communicator, she blurs the standard categories of performance, confidently venturing into new works, venues and collaborations, joining forces with emerging and established composers, performers and thinkers, sharing her joy and continual sense of discovery with audiences.
16 new works for solo bassoon and orchestra were written for her in the last decade and she sees great importance in continually commissioning new composers to expand the voice of the bassoon.
Taking a phenomenal technical and musical ability into new areas such improvisation and electroacoustic music to presenting concerti without orchestra in hospital lobbies, to newly commissioned concerti with great orchestras to summer folk festivals, her performances and ideas often reach far beyond traditional concert settings for bassoon, making her unique amongst classical musicians.
Recent solo recordings released to great reviews include Vivaldi Concerti Volume I with Nicholas McGegan and the Juno short-listed Canadian Concerto Project with Guy Few and group of twenty-seven chamber orchestra.
Performing with the likes of folk legend Valdy and other virtuoso musicians and orchestras, Nadina has toured extensively across Canada, the US, to Europe and Japan, prompting enthusiastic press notices: “Mackie Jackson tosses off rapid-fire runs… gorgeous singing tone” (Winnipeg Free Press); “Brillian artistry shines out like a jewel” (Audio Society of Atlanta.
Ever mindful of the challenges faced by young bassoonists, Nadina teaches at the University of Toronto, the Glenn Gould School of the Royal conservatory of Music, is on the advisory council for the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition and is the founder of The Council of Canadian Bassoonists – a nationally recognized charitable status group dedicated to assisting low income students to attain their highest ambitions as bassoonists.
Nadina recently toured to Eugene, Oregon with Guy Few and Chamber Music Amici in spring 2016, made her debut appearance in her father’s home town of Parry Sound with the Riversong Festival and appeared at the Toronto Summer Music Festival, Ottawa Chamber Festival with Guy Few and premiere the latest Canadian work for solo bassoon and orchestra by Lucas Oickle with the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra led by Dinuk Wijderatne in August, 2016. Nadina is the director of Bassoon Out Loud, a new concert series in Toronto.
Updated September, 2016
“Virtuosic playing to the end drew the crowd to its feet and a chance to meet their Bassoon Heroine at intermission…”
Classic Concerts NS [September 2016]
“ true phenomenon…absolute virtuosity, Mackie Jackson imparted the depth, reach and importance of her beloved instrument”blog review Margot Aldrich, Halifax, [October 30, 2015]
“…Mackie Jackson tossed off rapid-fire runs dur?ing the short work’s first move?ment before dis?play?ing her gor?geous singing tone and lightly executed ornamentation in the second …”Holly Harris, Winnipeg Free Press, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Westminster United Church [March 12, 2014]
“Jackson’s brilliant artistry shines out like a jewel… sound is bold and full…gleeful abandon… deeply expressive…”Phil Muse, Audio Society of Atlanta [March 2014]http://nadina.ca/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/NMJ_MSRMusic_ATLANTA-MARCH2014.pdf
“Tremendous colour and a riot of textures…the playing of the ensemble at this point was so extraordinary…perfectly sweet and mellow… danced, sparkling, over the edge of its time, and dissolved into an energized audience”
Stanley Fefferman, OpusOneReview [July 2013]
“With its top-notch soloist [Nadina Mackie Jackson] paired with some of the best baroque string and continuo players in North America this is easily one of the finest recordings of Vivaldi on modern instruments out there...
Ryan Romine, IDRS Journal, Issue 36:1, [July 2013]
“you should buy this disc…breathtaking virtuosity and an irresistible verve and sparkle by Nadina Mackie Jackson and her seven cohorts… Fasten your seatbelts.”
George Chien, Issue 36:6, Fanfare [July/Aug 2013]
“When Canadian bassoonist Nadina Mackie Jackson begins to play, the logic is revealed: she and McGegan turn these concertos into pure virtuoso vehicles”?James Manheim, AllMusic [July, 2013]
“superbly managed... the handsome Solo (2008), arrestingly played by bassoonist Jackson”
The Globe and Mail – September 21, 2010
“Jackson’s chops are fantastic...saucy and supremely confident...liquidity and precision of articulation. Jackson removes all doubts as to the bassoon being a born solo instrument”
Northwest Reverb, Lorin Wilkerson – April 2009
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Special thanks for ongoing support from FACTOR and OAC (Ontario Arts Council):