The Apple Crisp Music Festival runs Friday Feb 11th – Sunday Feb 13th at various downtown Kingston venues.

This year’s festival will feature a wide spectrum of performances & workshops including: hip-hop, (Thesis Sahib), break-dance, (Kinetiq Crew) and experimental, (Jesse Zubot w/ Decomposing Pianos).

Please stay tuned for more information about the festival!


Jesse Zubot (violin,viola) is one of those exceptional musicians whose praxis spans multiple genres and transcends contextualization into an idiom. Between moments of impassioned, visceral outbursts and quiet emotive sensitivities, Zubot exposes the full range of affects through a pristine sonic architecture. Diving head-first into the world of creative and improvised music with his self-produced, critically acclaimed solo release Dementia (Drip Audio 2006), Zubot has since collaborated with the likes of Evan Parker, François Houle, Eugene Chadbourne, Mats Gustafsson, Dave Douglas, Peggy Lee, Fred Frith, Eyvind Kang, Nels Cline, and many others.

Perhaps best known as founding member of the Juno Award winning acoustic-roots duo Zubot & Dawson, Jesse Zubot aided and abetted in the creation of a new genre called Strang, which synthesizes elements of folk, jazz and other of the duo’s diverse influences. Jesse has also performed and/or recorded with many contemporary/commercial based artists including Hawksley Workman, Kelly Joe Phelps, Alpha Yaya Diallo, Justin Rutledge, Mother Mother, The Be Good Tanyas, and Stars. In 2003, 2008, and 2009, Zubot was named “Violinist of the Year” at Canada’s National Jazz Awards.  Zubot’s current projects include touring and recording with acclaimed Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq and Vancouver’s “post-everything”, avant-rock group Fond of Tigers.

Jean Martin (drums) is and has been one of Toronto’s most in demand drummers in the creative music scene for some time now. He has worked with the likes of William Parker, David Murray, Don Byron, Dominic Duval, Mark Dresser, Wilbert de Joode, John Oswald, Micheal Occhipinti, Hugh Marsh, The Henry’s and many others. His group Barnyard Drama, an improvising duo featuring vocalist Christine Duncan, has performed at festivals such as the prestigious FIMAV. A few years back his group, LaConnor (with Jesse Zubot), recorded a full length which was named one of Canada’s best experimental albums by !Exclaim. Martin’s current projects include touring and recording with Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq, performing and recording with celebrated songsmith John Southworth and running the creative music label Barnyard Records. Jean has been nominated for ‘Best Drummer’ at Canada’s National Jazz Awards and is a past recipient of the Freddy Stone Award from St. John’s Sound Symposium.


Jesse Zubot, along with Jean Martin, will put on a workshop demonstrating ways traditional instruments can be used in modern improvisation. The two will improvise together & separately using extended & traditional techniques. They will explain their set ups & and eagerly answers questions in regards to how they go about doing what they do. Zubot & Martin have worked with many different forms of music including folk, pop, jazz, blues, ambient & experimental. This workshop will focus on how improvisation plays a part in all forms and how to go about it.