Rick Helzer and John Stowell
One of John Stowell’s earliest collaborators was noted bassist David Friesen, with whom he had a seven-year association that included six albums and performances in Europe, Canada, the USA and Australia. With renowned flutist Paul Horn, John toured the Soviet Union in 1983, becoming the first American jazz musicians to perform in the Soviet Union in more than 40 years. In the last twenty-five years John has pursued a solo career, which includes a dizzying touring and teaching schedule around the world. John has also performed at numerous jazz festivals, including the Monterey Jazz Festival, Jazz Days (Berlin, Germany), Molde Jazz Festival (Norway), Telluride Jazz Festival and the Du Maurier Festival (Vancouver, British Columbia).
Rick Helzer is the Associate Director of Jazz Studies at San Diego State University where he coordinates the jazz theory programs and combos. He has been a mainstay of the West Coast creative music community for over two decades, from his seminal work with the trio Big World to his collaborations with multi-instrumentalist Vinny Golia. Two recent recordings have featured a wide array of artists, including James Newton, Kim Richmond, and Vinny Golia. Additionally he is a member of the ARC Trio, a Southern California-based creative improvised music ensemble whose album Triptych Mirror is also available on Circumvention.