” These guys didn’t live to play music. They lived because they played music. Music literally kept them alive.”
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.
Phil Treloar takes it from there, his playing a way to clarify things, put them in order and into perspective.
Angela Davis: “It has always been a dream of mine to record with strings – some of my favourite albums are ventures in jazz with strings; Art Pepper’s Winter Moon, Lee Konitz Strings for Holiday and Paul Desmond’s Desmond Blue. To me there’s something profoundly beautiful about the timbre of the alto saxophone blending with a string section.”
Perhaps the most exciting aspect of the tour is the premiere of Treloar’s new composition Prashantarutasagaravati, inspired by Treloar’s Buddhist faith.
“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.”
“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”.
The Mildura Jazz Food and Wine Festival is unique in the Australian Jazz and Music scene, merging great music with food and wine in some extraordinary locations, including wineries, restaurants, the street, all to be enjoyed in the Mediterranean climate of the region.
“Arts Mildura is proud to partner with The Art Vault in bringing the Nicky Crayson Trio to Mildura for the Mildura Jazz Food and Wine Festival and the Australian Print Triennial”. Paul Lambeth, Director Arts Mildura.
Apart from the international stars, Wangaratta is, of course, a great opportunity for the Australian artists to interact and present their new ventures