Month: July 2014

Australian Art Music Awards finalists

From the media release The Australian Art Music Awards finalists have been announced. Among them (of course) are a number of Australian jazz musicians and organisations … Award for Excellence in Jazz Alister Spence and Myra Melford for Everything Here Is Possible Andrea Keller for the creation, release and presentation of three contemporary jazz projects …

Freedman Jazz Fellowships finalists announced

From the media release The Freedman Jazz concert will be held on Wednesday 20 of August at the Sydney Opera House Studio at 7:30pm. Tickets: $35/$30 Bookings: www.sydneyoperahouse.com The Music Trust today announced the four finalists for the 2014 Freedman Jazz Fellowship, Australia’s premier award for excellence in jazz. 2014’s contenders for the annual scholarship …

CD Release – Yellow Lights by Damien Kingston Trio

“A personal and detailed music born of a sympathetic collaboration” From the media release The debut release Yellow Lights from the Damien Kingston Trio reveals a personal and detailed music born of a sympathetic collaboration between trio members, Australian Damien Kingston and two Germans; Richard Struck and Dominik Luderschmid. The trio began their musical association …

Album review: The Bitter Suite (Paul Grabowsky Sextet) by John Shand

Just as the album’s title is both brooding and punning, so the music is in a constant flux of what, were it writing, we would call ‘tone’. Grabowsky can seem to create a pastiche of an idiom out of which a deep truth will grow in the improvising, while a more solemn-sounding piece will spawn sly asides and dramatic jolts from the players, or perhaps contain an unexpectedly curdled harmony.