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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"!

There is a curious yet enormously fruitful duality in the way that improvisation plays on our expectations and perspectives.

– Tracey Nicholls