This week we feature Jesse Dietschi, a Toronto bassist who is a versatile musician and composer equally experienced in jazz, classical, and popular music. He has earned a Masters degree in Jazz Performance from the University of Toronto and a Masters degree in Composition from Brandon University, and is a former bass faculty member at Brandon University and the International Music Camp.
We spoke to Jesse to see what he’s been up to!
1) When did you participate in the Jazzology program?
I participated in February of 2012 while completing my Masters in Jazz Performance at the U of T
2) Describe your experience with the Jazzology program. What was your favourite aspect?
I really enjoyed getting to curate a short program of music that was influential for me. I found making those types of programming decisions both challenging and enlightening, and have kept them in mind when preparing repertoire for live performances.
3) Would you recommend this experience to other young musicians? Why?
I would recommend this experience to any serious jazz student because of the excellent exposure it offers them, as well as gaining them valuable insight into the inner workings of Canada’s premier jazz station!
4) How has this experience helped in your personal and professional development?
Having the radio and internet publicity from this program attached to my name gave me a lot of recognition and professional status, particularly early in my years here in Toronto.
5) This program is made possible by our generous donors and sponsors who strongly believe in the importance of arts education initiatives. If you had the opportunity to thank them in person, what would you say?
I would thank them for their generous support of a unique program that is specifically designed to help talented students who need it!
6) Why is music education important?
Music education creates well-balanced, empathetic, and skilled young people who will succeed in many different career paths.
7) Since participating in the program, what have you been doing? (education, scholarships, graduation, studying abroad, awards, grants, recordings, tours, employment, collaborations, etc.)
After graduating from the Masters in Jazz Performance program at the University of Toronto in 2013, I spent two years working as a freelancer in both jazz and classical settings around Ontario. I was named Principal Bassist of the Kindred Spirits Orchestra in Markham, and have done multiple international tours with the contemporary jazz sextet Tunnel Six, as well as vocalist Ken Lavigne. This past September I made the decision to return to school after being accepted into the graduate diploma program at the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music, where I study with Toronto Symphony principal bassist Jeffrey Beecher.
8) What are your plans for the future? (Any short term events or long term plans?)
I will continue my studies at GGS for another year and a half, and afterwards hope to work regularly as a performer and educator around the GTA.