We asked the Freedman Fellowship finalists to help us out with a little Q&A and this is Ben Vanderwal’s contribution. Ben Vanderwal (Drums, Perth/Melbourne) is one of the most in-demand jazz drummers in Australia. He has participated in several US tours and has also performed with John Scofield, Charlie Haden, Chris Potter and Sam Yahel. …
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From the media release Magnusson/Oehlers/Vanderwal “Paper Tiger” CD launch tour 2014 In 2013 these three fine musicians got together to perform and enjoyed the results so much they coaxed each other to go into the studio and record an album. Once in there, with the red light on they couldn’t stop, they tied the sound …
It is a testament to Winkelman’s vision for these pieces that stride, montunos and various rhythmic tangents can be found sitting side-by-side in a way which only enhances, rather than confuses, the narrative they belong to. At the same time, the dynamic interplay and symbiosis between Winkelman, Anning and Vanderwal allows for their flawless execution.
In 2011 the Freedman Fellowship finalists were Tom O’Halloran (piano/composer, Perth), Ben Vanderwal (drums, Perth/Melbourne), John Parker (Brisbane, drums) and Matt Keegan (saxophone/composer/director, Sydney). Read this Q&A with Tom O’Halloran
In 2011 the Freedman Fellowship finalists were Tom O’Halloran (piano/composer, Perth), Ben Vanderwal (drums, Perth/Melbourne), John Parker (Brisbane, drums) and Matt Keegan (saxophone/composer/director, Sydney). Read this Q&A with Evan Mannell
” These guys didn’t live to play music. They lived because they played music. Music literally kept them alive.”
“I freaked out the first time I heard Peter Bernstein! The thing that I attracted me to his playing at first was the larger intervals he used, which I hadn’t really thought about or done before that.” – Jeremy Thomson
One day I came across a jazz guitar lesson and I enjoyed it so much that I made a decision then and there that I wanted to play jazz. I think it was a ‘moment’. Jazz and I had a ‘moment’. Haha
Colin [Elmer, Angus’ teacher] explained that ‘jazz’ was an extremely broad term and that eventually I would find an artist that I connected with. A few CDs later I was introduced to Wes Montgomery. This was the game changer. From that moment on, I was hooked on jazz.
This second Perth International Jazz Festival (PIJF) commencing Friday 9th and concluding Sunday 11th May seemed to be an unqualified success. If key indicators included engaging the populace, developing on last year’s inaugural festival, presenting a variety of styles and venues, presenting music more challenging and innovative than may be heard in Perth on a weekly basis then all boxes could be ticked.