“I would describe it as heart music. There is much complexity in the harmonic and rhythmic structures, however the intention behind any compositional or arranging decision is first and foremost about evoking an emotional response for myself and in the process hopefully the listener. The music is visual and visceral, it’s about dancing and embracing the heavy groove of living.”
The festival, a “cornucopia of music from across centuries and continents”, taking place at the churches, wineries and intimate spaces of Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, opens on New Year’s Day.
In 2016 JMI will be hosting a 4 day Summer Jazz Clinic from the 18th to the 21st January. Open to a wide age group and a range of ability levels, this short course in jazz improvisation is an intensive injection of fun and knowledge where students have the chance to learn from and play …
“It’s very appealing to have the songs stripped down to essentials and realize that they’re still working.”
Phil Treloar takes it from there, his playing a way to clarify things, put them in order and into perspective.
“Jazz was never a career option for women and that we’re still catching up to our male counterparts, in terms of numbers, but significantly this is changing.”
Angela Davis: “It has always been a dream of mine to record with strings – some of my favourite albums are ventures in jazz with strings; Art Pepper’s Winter Moon, Lee Konitz Strings for Holiday and Paul Desmond’s Desmond Blue. To me there’s something profoundly beautiful about the timbre of the alto saxophone blending with a string section.”
Ewan MacKenzie will be releasing his new album ‘Ewan MacKenzie and Swing Dynamique’ at Brisbane’s favourite Jazz Manouche festival ‘OzManouche’ at the Brisbane Jazz Club on 27th November.
Perhaps the most exciting aspect of the tour is the premiere of Treloar’s new composition Prashantarutasagaravati, inspired by Treloar’s Buddhist faith.
“I don’t want to be a cliche or an anachronism, but, at the same time, I just really love so much the 40s & 50s music, fashion, poetry, and so on.”