“She approaches her interpretation away from the classical tradition, using her indigenous viewpoint to interpret classic flute repertoire.”
Jesse McMann-Sparvier is an emerging musician, contemporary dancer and choreographer. She is a classically trained flutist, graduating in June 2016 with her Bachelor of Music from the University of Calgary. Her research focus has been contemporary music, and improvisation. She studied for two years in the Jazz Studies program at the University of Manitoba, studying Jazz Flute. She can contribute as a soloist, or as an ensemble performer/side musician in Jazz, Classical, Indie, Funk, and many other styles.
Jesse has a huge love for classical, baroque and french music. She approaches her interpretation away from the classical tradition, using her indigenous viewpoint to interpret classic flute repertoire. She seeks out Indigenous composers from around the world who have composed for classical and world flutes, and re-appropriates music written by non-indigenous composers who have been "influenced" by indigenous music. In addition, her new compositions in music have started to explore / create contemporary soundscapes steeped in Indigeneity to accompany spoken words that process our presence interlaced with indigenous identity and the body as politics. She uses a wide variety of modern, unusual and traditional instruments to create exciting new sounds.
Jessica McMann is a Cowessess musician from Calgary, Alberta.