With both Bernie McGann and Andrea Keller playing tonight at separate gigs, as part of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, this seemed like a good video to share on a Friday!
‘That’s the exciting thing about this music – like any human relationships, the variables are so intricate and so intertwined that the result is never predictable.’
‘One thing we always try to explore is the full dynamic range of the orchestra. Lots of people of surprised at how quiet (and loud) a big band can play, but it is going to be exciting either way. The band is dying to play with Chris.’
Barney McAll’s Graft is a suite of music that looks at technology and the bizarre affect it is having on human connection. It is a wild musical sound painting reflecting the ever increasing ambiguity between virtual and real.
“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.”
“Every day I do some music of some kind because I need to, like I need to eat food. No big deal, I just get on with it. Because of that it becomes over time quite natural to just play and explore your own things.”
“The idea of ‘first chapters’ – short little narrative gestures that leave you hanging for more – ties in nicely with my recent resolution to write shorter pieces. With this in mind I was able to create ten short unrelated pieces corresponding to each of what I call the ‘narrative chapters’.”
Entries are now open for Australia’s most prestigious jazz instrumental competition – the National Jazz Awards, to be judged by Mike Nock, Vince Jones and Michelle Nicolle (1998 winner)
We may not be used to seeing Tortoni ‘front and centre’ at the MIJF but he’s played a role consistently for over a decade now. At the festival launch, he revealed what drives him, saying (twice) that he’s interested in the ‘pairing of jazz royalty with the voices of a rising generation’.
With nightly programming, the festival also includes a free workshops and kids program at the Redfern Town Hall. In 2012, the festival includes for the first time an opening night Q&A to take place at the Old 505 Theatre with members of the jazz community debating ‘The Sydney Sound’.