Interviews

Gai Bryant: ‘It’s all about self expression’

“When I started working this with Giorgio Rojas, I felt that this is great; I can start to expand on what I know.He started to give me some recordings of traditional Peruvian music and I transcribed them to see if I can do some arrangements of my own, a panolivio of my own and be able to solo.That’s what I have done with Afro Cuban music.”

Nichaud Fitzgibbon – My songlines

“I started singing ‘You Gotta Have Freedom’ with my first jazz band and when I went to London in 1986 I was actually invited by Pharoah Sanders to sing it with him at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz club. It was an incredible experience and an exciting improvisational one, too. I was so inspired by my first sojourn away from home that I started my own original jazz-funk band, YOYO, after returning to Melbourne in 1989.”

Ben Winkelman: ‘I’m searching for my own take on the piano trio’

“I think a lot about balancing opposing elements in my pieces: planning/spontaneity, complexity/simplicity, density/openness, intellect/emotion. Music has a lot of scope for self-expression (emotions) and experimentation with ideas (intellect). This might be especially true of creative jazz. I think the dilemma over how much weight to give these potentially competing tendencies is an interesting aspect of writing and playing music. For me the ideal is both: music involving sophisticated ideas and a high level of craft that moves me.”

Richard Pavlidis: ‘I aspire to reach a listener, even one single person, in the way that some of my favourite players have affected me’

“The music on this [‘Without Within’] should be very accessible to uninitiated jazz audiences, as well as hopefully having something there of deeper musical interest. I tried to use mood and emotion as a guide for the compositions, just like a pop song writer might,” says saxophonist Richard Pavlidis.