“I love sitting in the middle of Darryn and Kim when they talk about musical experiences theyve shared from times before I was born, soaking everything up like a sponge, to the point that it feels like I was there too!”
Dan Tepfer: “Well, when we really commit to improvisation (the word literally means ‘unforeseen’), we commit to listening hard, with a certain kind of humility. We leave ourselves open to the spirit of discovery, to epiphanies that are specific to that moment in time.”
People say of Bill Frisell that he reinvented the way people think about the electric guitar. That’s possibly an understatement.
“We’re trying to convey the heart of Australia with dream-like sequences alongside landscape depictions and animal mimicry, and echoes of tribal lores, drawing on a myriad musical influences and aiming to create a unique and authentic soundscape.”
“In her tunes, Kate is the band leader; in mine, I’m the leader. We have our own musical personalities; she’s as much a musical leader as I am.”
“SUM is me, who I am as an artist and human being; it has my flaws and strength,” says drummer and composer Steve Belvilus, talking about the signature soul-jazz-RnB sound he has created.
Melbourne jazz fans rejoice – on 28 April, in line with the Jazz Day celebrations, the city will become home to the all-new, all-sparkling Jazz Roots Festival.
“I wanted to do a tribute album, but I was very clear that it is not going to be just another cover of the original album. I have always wanted to record a sweet, clean, simplified but yet intricate rendition of the Nancy Wilson/ Cannonball Adderley album.”
“It is very hard for me to put a label to my music as I think its sort of a hybrid of genres. Coming from a classical background, I know that there is the classical influence in there, there’s the folk element coming from my cultural background – both as an Armenian and Lebanese – and of course there’s also the jazz influence, the harmonies, the improvisations and the approach in the composition process.”
“When you are finding it a struggle as a woman in the jazz scene, try talking to other women about it. Look to history, to the female composers and performers who continued to pursue their dreams and rose to the top of their field despite the many difficulties they faced.”