Jesse Dietschi Hybrid Ensemble
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"Dietschi Melds Strings, Jazz in Latest Project"

Bassist Jesse Dietschi has a dream, and he is about to hear it come true. During his early training
and his undergraduate studies, Dietschi played plenty of orchestral and chamber music, though more recently he has focused on jazz. “I’ve always wanted to bring the two — the string atmosphere and the small jazz group atmosphere — together somehow,” he said. Jazz Winnipeg’s Nu Sound Concert Series gave him the push he needed to see this idea to fruition. “I submitted a proposal to them a year ago, outlining this project, and they approved it,” Dietschi said, adding that that concert is happening on Sunday.

The material the group will be playing both in Winnipeg and here on Friday was composed by Dietschi, who is currently in a Master of Composition program at Brandon University. Joining him will be violinists Robert Richardson Jr. and Mitch Howanyk, violist Devon McIntyre, cellist Alexa Pilon and drummer Cam Wilks.

Also involved will be Jesse’s brother, saxophonist Ben Dietschi of Toronto, and Winnipeg keyboard player Will Bonness. The play list includes the premiere performance of a piece by Ben Dietschi, a
recent graduate from the University of Toronto Master of Jazz Performance program. “With the inclusion of Ben and Will, this is probably not something that is likely to happen again for a very long time,” Jesse said.

The Brandon concert will take place tomorrow at 8 p.m. in the Lorne Watson Recital Hall. Tickets will be available at the door.

» - Brandon Sun

"Jazz Winnipeg : Upcoming Events, February 7 to March 9"

Is it February already? The first month of the new decade just flew by, didn't it?

It's a busy month for us, with two concerts at the Park Theatre, a couple of TD Jazz Labs, and to wrap up February, our big Molly Johnson concert at the Burton Cummings Theatre! Phew!

Don't let the cold weather stop you - get out and enjoy all the great live music that is hitting Winnipeg this winter. All the details are below!


Sunday, February 7, 2010
8:00 pm
The Park Theatre
(698 Osborne St.)

This month's installment of the Nu Sounds season truly epitomizes the spirit of the series.

When we first created the Nu Sounds series, we wanted to offer an outlet for Manitoba musicians to really get creative: experiment with different musical styles, work with other musicians they've never played with before, or introduce some brand new compositions they've been writing.

Well Brandon bassist Jesse Dietschi has risen to the occasion by forming his "Double Quartet." A unique approach to a performance, the two quartets Jesse has assembled to perform together are a string quartet and a jazz quartet. For this special Nu Sounds performance, Jesse and his group will combine elements of acoustic and electric instruments, orchestration and improvisation, and both Western European art music and jazz!

Don't miss this innovative concert by one of the province's brightest young performers!

Tickets are $13.00 in advance and are available by phone at 989-4656, online at or in person at the Jazz Winnipeg office (007-100 Arthur St.) and the Park Theatre (698 Osborne St.)

Presented by 101.5 UMFM
with support from the Manitoba Arts Council - Winnipeg Arts Council


A Window's View EP [2012]



Called “a unique approach to performance” by “one of [Manitoba’s] brightest young performers” (Winnipeg Arts Council), the Toronto-based Jesse Dietschi Hybrid Ensemble strives to bring together the structures and sensibilities of European chamber music with the improvisational language of modern North American jazz. Lead by Winnipeg-born bassist and composer Jesse Dietschi, and featuring some of Canada’s finest improvising musicians, the Jesse Dietschi Hybrid Ensemble unites the worlds of classical and jazz through the unifying love of creative music played at a high level by artists with an appreciation of both worlds.