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Album review: The Voyage of Mary and William (Matt McMahon) by John Hardaker

Album review: The Voyage of Mary and William (Matt McMahon) by John Hardaker

The Voyage of Mary and William is Matt McMahon’s first recording of solo piano improvisation. In his illuminating liner notes to the CD, he describes the piano – a machine of wood, ivory and wire he remains obviously still smitten by – as 'this wondrous invention'. The same descriptor could be applied to The Voyage of Mary and William. It is all invention and, yes, it is pretty bloody wondrous. Read More »

Cleon’s Three on tour

Cleon’s Three on tour

From the media release Composer and pianist Cleon Barraclough joins with Osmar ‘Chiky’ Salazar on electric bass and Sacha K on drums to present their debut album ‘Techni-colour Rain’. Inspired by salsa, timba, funk and contemporary jazz, the album features the group’s original compositions. ‘Techni-colour Rain’ will be released in early February in conjunction with jazz club performances around Australia. Cleon, Chiky and Sacha bring ... Read More »

Nic Vardanega releases Inverno

Nic Vardanega releases Inverno

From the media release “Inverno is a collection of tunes I have written over the past few years that hold a common aesthetic. I’ve always liked the idea of a concept album and this album is a culmination of a deep interest in my Italian heritage and the colours and moods that winter brings to mind. This theme became especially ... Read More »

Album review: Outliers (Casey Golden Trio) by John Hardaker

Album review: Outliers (Casey Golden Trio) by John Hardaker

Outliers (Scrampion Records SCRAMP002) Casey Golden Trio Review by John Hardaker Outliers will be launched on Thursday 5 February 2015 at Venue 505, Sydney In many ways, the piano trio is to Jazz what drawing is to Art. It is the basic frame upon which much of the bigger colourful stuff is hung. It is almost graphic in its lines ... Read More »

Jack Earle Big Band – be part of their first disc

Jack Earle Big Band – be part of their first disc

The Jack Earle Big Band Debut Album - Jack Earle is using Indiegogo to crowdfund his first big band release, which features his own compositions played by the 18 piece Jack Earle Big Band Read More »

Album Review: Shol

Album Review: Shol

"Blending all their influences and references into a seamless, homogenous sound, they prove themselves above labels - but, what’s even more important, they do so with the brilliance of their performance and the power of their beautiful compositions." Read More »

Singing the Baqashot – reflections on Yitzak Yedid’s Visions, Fantasies and Dances

Singing the Baqashot – reflections on Yitzak Yedid’s Visions, Fantasies and Dances

Visions, Fantasies and Dances Music for String Quartet by Yitzhak Yedid A Reflection by Arjun von Caemmerer Yitzhak Yedid remarks that during a synagogue service the congregants may chant and sing in quasi-unison alongside the cantor, thus spontaneously and intuitively generating heterophonic variations from the monophonic melodies of traditional prayers and Piyyutim. My response to hearing Yedid’s compelling new composition, ... Read More »

Album review: This Time (Grigoryan Brothers) by John Hardaker

Album review: This Time (Grigoryan Brothers) by John Hardaker

...beautifully composed, played, conceived, and recorded ... but all that fades away when the magic comes out. And it is the magic here that stops time, puts you in that special place of sunlit pleasure (or moonlit dreaming) and fills you up like food, or wine. Or love. Read More »