Jesse Stewart is an award-winning percussionist, composer, improviser, artist, instrument builder, educator, and writer, who explores the links between the visual and the sonic arts. He has performed with many internationally acclaimed musicians including George Lewis, Roswell Rudd, Bill Dixon, William Parker, Evan Parker, Carlo Actis Dato, Dominic Duval, Frank Gratkowski, Gerry Hemingway, Joe McPhee, Gordon Monahan, Maggie Nicols, Evan Ziporyn, Michael Snow, and many others. He is currently a member of the David Mott Quintet and Nonet and Tallboys. He also leads his own groups and performs regularly as a soloist at festivals across Canada and in Europe. Throughout his career, Stewart has made numerous recordings, including his solo album Music for Found Objects (2006), as well as recorded collaborations with pianist Ajay Heble, violinist Jacques Israelievitch, and guitarist Kevin Breit. Stewart’s solo and collaborative musical works can be heard on the C3R label. Stewart has an undergraduate degree in visual art and music from the University of Guelph, two Master of Arts degrees in ethnomusicology and music composition from York University, and a PhD in English and Theatre Studies from the University of Guelph. He is now a professor of music composition in Carleton University’s School for Studies in Art and Culture.