In the lead-up to Baecastuff’s performance of Mutiny Music on January 29 2104 at Sydney’s 505, John Hardaker asked Rick a few questions about this remarkable suite of music.
‘Several ideas guided my creative process in this project: to interpret Yusef Komunyakaa’s poetry, to pay tribute to Charlie Parker, and to do this in my own way in the context of the vibrant Sydney jazz scene of the 1990s.’ Evans says. ‘I’m very proud of this work and thrilled that, in some small way, it is a vehicle for the voices of some very fine Australian musicians, and their embodiment of Parker’s influence, to be heard internationally.’
Evans’ bold vision has allowed her to remain faithful to Komunyakaa’s poems and to Parker’s spirit, while doing so firmly with her own voice. Her finely-crafted composition has given the vocalists and soloists excellent vehicles within which they can pay their individual tributes to Parker, perhaps best summed up in the memorable ‘Testimony Coda’, with Bernie McGann’s last notes floating gently in the air.
Eicher was neither interfering nor austere. The mood he created was one of encouragement and calm professionalism. ‘It was very inspiring to be in that presence,’ Grigoryan says, ‘and to have four nights of being together and talking and learning.’
Houle and long-time collaborator Yedid will be joined by bass player Sam Pankhurst to perform Yedid’s composition Myth of the Cave which Houle and Yedid recorded together over ten years ago for the German ‘between the lines’ label.
Australia Council Chief Executive Officer Tony Grybowski said Mr Nock’s work as a musician, composer and mentor has had a huge impact on many musicians, both in Australia and internationally.
“…Sydney’s a small town and I was just wanting to make something nice.”
‘…catchy themes, tight arrangements and some excellent solos.’
‘… a mood of striking conviviality.’