“There is a new generation of gifted, progressive young jazz musicians coming up in Tasmania, four of them are in the Julius Schwing Quartet. The group’s leader deftly combines a rich understanding of the jazz idiom with a very personal and subtle approach to both to his guitar playing and his composition. He is matched …
Oehlers’ original compositions call to mind late night smoky jazz sounds, with focus on sultry ballads, forthright melody and Coltrane-esque moments.
‘…a true collection that is at once a retrospective of his remarkable 25-year career and at the same time twelve new recordings.’
Two generations of Australian music come together in the music of Mike Nock and Laurenz Pike. It’s a musical conversation across the years, united by a commitment to storytelling through improvisation and the tradition of music as a spiritual, emotional, communicative art form.
Electroacoustic adventures created using the trumpet, flugelhorn, laptop electronics, amplifier and pedals. Allotrope is a new solo project from multidisciplinary Melbourne composer and trumpeter Peter Knight, released digitally
Sarah McKenzie has launched her second CD and is off to Berklee College of Music on a scholarship. We talked to her about both – and about the search for her own authentic musical identity.
“…even when I’m playing other music that may stylistically sound different, I am striving for the feeling of Flamenco. The way it moves, the rhythmic depth, the dynamics, the gravity. It informs every part of my artistic life.”
Tim Stevens was the recipient last year of a Professional Development Award from the Australasian Performing Right Association, and an element in the prize was a day’s recording at Studios 301. Tim used this day for the present album, in a session engineered by Simon Todkill.
“I started writing lyrics to instrumental tunes as a way to practise writing original songs. I was struggling writing melodies and lyrics at the same time so I started doing them independently, then really enjoyed the challenge of matching these existing melodies to lyrics.”
Willow’s latest release Lightbulb Life has been in my headphones for the last few days. It’s a sound window into an exotic location, an insight into a city and its people through Willow’s ears.