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Both Stretch Orchestra and Jane Bunnett are nominated for a Juno!

Tallboys, now known as "Stretch Orchestra" (Kevin Breit, Matt Brubeck, and Jesse Stewart), is nominated for a JUNO in the “Instrumental Album of the Year” category!

Another recording that Jesse Stewart plays on came out this week too: "The Dunrobin Session" featuring Pauline Oliveros on “V-Accordion” and Stewart on drums and percussion. This CD was just released on the NUUN record label in France. The release of this duo recording coincides with Oliveros’ 80th birthday this year and with her being awarded the prestigious John Cage award (awarded once every four years, the John Cage award is sort of like the Nobel Prize for contemporary composers).

In other Juno news, "CUBAN RHAPSODY," the duet recording by Hilario Duran and Jane Bunnett (ICASP’s 2011 Improviser-in-Residence) is nominated for "Contemporary Jazz Album of the year"!

Improvisation is, simply put, being and living this very moment. No one can hide in music, and improvising in music is to be truly in this very moment and being completely yourself, with all your qualities and faults. It is probably the most honest state for a human being to be in.

– John McLaughlin in an interview with Daniel Fischlin.