I love playing for festival crowds. Everyone has taken time out and is immersed in music for a few days and there is a lot of energy in that fact. I’m looking forward to telling my story with jazz guitar and enjoying the opportunity to play alongside the other top young players in the country. From what I know of the other guys, everyone is a monster player and expresses a diverse representation of the broad ‘jazz guitar’ genre.
There’s perhaps more of Sheens the Downbeat poll-winning pianist this time out but significantly Untranslatable ups the ante compositionally, with the Yanni Burton String Quartet leaving an indelible stamp on a third of the tracks.
Alex says: “I always love these opportunities to come back to my country, whose influence filters into my music in so many ways. It has also directly inspired several of my compositions, most recently the Place to Be track ‘Cuttagee, Wapengo’, which comes from fond memories of the NSW Far South Coast.”