Photo by James Whelan

Photo by James Whelan

Hailing from Chicago, Bowmanville strives to bring the hip sensibilities of Hot Club Gypsy Jazz from 1930s Paris mingled with the influences born of Chicago’s global crossroads to a wider audience. Led by violinist Ethan Adelsman, with Graham Nelson on harmonica/vocals, Noah Plotkin on drums, and Mason Jiller on guitar, the group draws inspiration from diverse musical backgrounds to push the boundaries of their craft, thrilling audiences nationally. Creating a simmering synergy of vibrant bouncing sound that crackles with electric energy, Bowmanville leaves listeners always hungry for more.

Ethan Adelsman:


Ethan was born with a violin in hand… well nearly. His love of the instrument transcends his Classical training, making him adept and equally at home in nearly any genre.  He has logged his time on the road playing searing violin pop solos with Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, as Associate Concert Master for the Western Piedmont Symphony in North Carolina, and with songwriter Tim Lowly. At home in his native Chicago, Ethan is a continually requested gigging and session musician in the Gypsy, Bluegrass, Latin Jazz, Rock, and Classical genres.  A composer and performer, his love of Hot Club jazz and eclectic music has given birth to the powerhouse trio Bowmanville.

Mason Jiller:


He can fly, really!! His fingers have been known to detach and play by themselves. In reality he is the earl of rhythm and the ace of the six strings. Mason is equally at home thrilling live audiences in the numerous groups with which he lends his talent,  as he is in crafting songs that cut to the heart. As an educator he instills in his students a love of music that he himself brings to each and every performance.

Graham Nelson:


Graham Nelson is a Chicago performer, storyteller, and avant-garde jazz musician. He has been performing on stages in the US and abroad for the past 20 years, and lending the elegant, edgy, and unique sounds of his diatonic harmonica to a host of performances and recordings. With a flair for the eclectic, Graham has worked on theatrical productions and with arts collaboratives at notable venues, festivals, and concert halls. 

Noah Plotkin:


Noah Plotkin is a professionally trained Performance and World Percussion musician who is a 2007 graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He has collaborated as a percussionist/drummer with a number of notable institutions in the United States and abroad including The Martha Graham Dance Conservatory, Sala Crisantempo School of Dance in Vila Madalena, São Paulo, Brazil, The Amsterdam Theatre School of Dance.  Noah is currently a private drum teacher, music educator and valued member of many different Chicago area world music, rock, blues, funk, pop and jazz ensembles.