“ATM15 is my vehicle for original material, experimentation and doing whatever the hell I want”
“My first thought when I took over the role was that I want people who think they don’t like jazz to discover it in new ways, in new formats”.
“We are thrilled that the Sydney Improvised Music Association for staging this terrific jazz festival here for a second year. We hope that folks enjoy a weekend of simple pleasures at Berry Jazz”.
Artists include jazz legends Vince Jones, Peter Gaudion and Bob Sedergreen in one-off shows with some leading names joining their line-ups.
The jazz community is an ecosystem of musical, academic and industry people with the common goal of promoting and developing jazz across Australia. The Emerging Jazz Festival program includes workshops and masterclasses, performances and jams, panel discussions and research presentations, in a hope to bring a sense of discovery to audiences, support to musicians, and a little enlightenment to the sector.
The roster does real justice to the ‘international’ part of its title, as it features musicians from four continents: Europe, Africa, Asia and, of course, our own little corner of the world.
“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.”
The festival, a “cornucopia of music from across centuries and continents”, taking place at the churches, wineries and intimate spaces of Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, opens on New Year’s Day.
“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.”
From the infectious rhythms of Cuba, through large scale orchestral pieces, to stunning jazz vocals and virtuoso artistry, the Festival promises something for everybody