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JESSE MAW
Music has been a major part of Jesse Maw’s life since the early age of 5. He started playing fiddle music initially, becoming proficient in the Texas-style fiddle tradition, where he went on to win multiple National Oldtime Fiddle Championships in Weiser, ID, along with many more competitions, in his early teens. Continuing the momentum from fiddle styles, Jesse developed a love for Swing, Jazz, and improvisation. Since then, Jesse has drawn inspiration from a wide palette of musical styles, ranging from Country, Bluegrass, and Fusion, to Experimental, Microtonal, and Just Intonation. In addition, he has studied all around the globe under some of the world’s most prominent musicians, including fiddle masters Mark O’Connor, Billy Contreras, and Jimmie Don Bates, jazz violinists Christian Howes and Didier Lockwood, legendary musical tuning expert, Siemen Terpstra, and visionary composers Johnny Reinhard and Michael Harrison.

Jesse has performed with Mark O’Connor, Jerry Douglas, Brent Mason, and Gonzalo Bergara, to name a few, and has served as an instructor at workshops and festivals across the U.S., including the Shasta Music Summit, the Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival, and Djangofest Northwest. He has also given private instruction for many years. Along with the violin, he plays and enjoys the mandolin, vocals, guitar, tenor guitar, tenor banjo, and harmonic singing. Whistling happens to be a personal favorite as well.

Having grown up in an awe-inspiring, natural environment that encompasses the Flathead Valley in Montana, Jesse cultivated an affinity for natural beauty and a contemplative life style. He is currently engrossed in making and performing new music in Salt Lake City, UT, as well as researching and forming ideas when approaching life from a fresh, musical perspective.

 


 

 

JOHN FRANCIS

 From Salt Lake City


 


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