Jessica McMann, flutist and Beverley McKiver, pianist met at the Urban Shaman Art Gallery in Winnipeg in 2017 where they were both performing at A Place Between: A 60’s Scoop Arts Project.
Jessica invited Beverley to participate in Jessica’s residency at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival in June, 2018. They met again at the inaugural Indigenous Classical Musicians gathering at the Banff Centre for the Arts in 2019, where they began collaborating on repertoire for flute and piano. Returning to the Banff Centre for the Arts in November 2019, they recorded an album of works for flute, piano, violin and viola with violinist/violist Karen Shepherd. The album, scheduled for release in Spring 2020, includes works by Jean-Baptiste (John) Loeillet, William Lloyd Webber, Dmitri Shostakovich, Ian Clarke, Jessica McMann, Sonny-Ray Day Rider and Beverley McKiver.
The Sweet Bluebirds (Beverley and Jessica) will be touring northern BC in April 2020 as part of Living Room Live’s BC North Tour Route Spring Tour. The tour is made possible with the generous support of the Canada Council Arts Across Canada Circulation and Touring program and the Calgary Arts Development Association.