“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.”
“I think the best kind of award is the one you can’t give. It’s the one that you get from being intimate with music. The award comes when you listen and the hair on the back of your neck stands up, your skin shivers with ecstasy, you cry because there can’t be anything more beautiful than this right now. Anyone who can hear is capable of winning that award, all they have to do is listen.”
“We definitely have a sound that draws from heavy rock music and certain aspects from ambient music too. A lot of the pieces on the album have their own characteristic and mood about them; some are definitely more folk sounding, whilst others can be very raw and aggressive, and then others have a sort of ‘chamber ensemble’ sound about them. It’s not a straight-ahead jazz group by any means.”
From the infectious rhythms of Cuba, through large scale orchestral pieces, to stunning jazz vocals and virtuoso artistry, the Festival promises something for everybody