“ATM15 is my vehicle for original material, experimentation and doing whatever the hell I want”
LIVE MAYHEM is more than a document of the toughness and smart writing of James Ryan’s Sonic Mayhem Orchestra. Like all truly worthwhile live albums it stands on its own as a valid document of this unique ensemble.
“I am very grateful for the opportunity each day to create music and I would love to keep on writing because the more I do it, the more I can discover my own musical voice and it will help me evolve and develop as an artist. Change doesn’t happen instantly. It happens gradually and I want to strive to honing my craft each day”.
This collection of songs retains some true grit and jazz light and shade, yet steers clear of the miasmic mists that afflict the jazz vocal recordings at the other end of the spectrum.
“When we’re working on a piece I’ve written, I usually bring it in to the band and at that point I let go of it, and sit back and watch them tear it apart in often very unexpected ways. “
“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.”
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.
“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, but we all have a background in performing as improvisers and exploring various types of jazz that interest us, so this feeds into everything very directly too.”
“In no way did any of us want to honour or glorify the concept of war, so we were quite burdened with the seriousness of the task at hand: honouring historical happenings and putting a voice to these concepts and people’s experiences from this time”.
“Theirs is one of the rare examples of a tight-knit group of people that have achieved a remarkable level of intense communication, creating a compact sound of extreme density – which is highlighted even more, when they let themselves loose”.