Macie Stewart is a multi-instrumentalist, composer/arranger, songwriter, and improviser based in Chicago, IL who Downbeat Magazine calls “a master of equilibrium.” Best known as one half of art-rock duo Finom (fka Ohmme), Stewart’s solo performance with violin, guitar, & electronics turns towards lush, baroque-tinged folk with a reverent approach to self-knowledge and growth.
Stewart began her musical career at the age of 3. Learning piano while learning to talk, Macie discovered two foundational modes of communication at once. As the child of a career musician (pianist Sami Scot), Stewart was encouraged to explore the piano and violin, and became proficient on both instruments. After helping to found the Chicago bands Kids These Days and Marrow, Stewart’s interests broadened into the avant-garde jazz scene, performing regularly at Chicago institutions Constellation and The Hungry Brain.
In this vibrant scene Stewart quickly distinguished herself as a go-to collaborator, co-founding Finom with Sima Cunningham and performing and improvising with Ken Vandermark’s Marker ensemble, the improvised act The Few (with guitar player Steve Marquette and bassist Charlie Kirchen) and the violin/cello duo Macie Stewart & Lia Kohl.