“If South America allows jazz to swim beside it, other continents emphasise its clash. Trekking in Laos, Miles’ Sketches of Spain playing on my DISCMAN (charged by AA batteries), was a cause of mirth to fellow trekkers outfitted with iPods and GPS navigation.”
“Compass succeeds on its combination of strengths, technical and compositional, yet as a saxophone quartet what sets it apart and makes it so listenable is that each player has quite a contrasting approach to tone and articulation.”
“I feel like I have to get the song mapped out before I can give it that final brush stroke of the lyric… complete the panoramic vista.”
“Having two horn players allows me to think orchestrally but still enables me to play with the flexibility I so enjoy with the trio format…” – Mike Nock talks to us about his recent CD ‘Hear and Know’ and tells us what he’s listening to now…
“I was in Korea, at an Art Market and I saw the film, Intangible Asset Number 82, loved the film and then saw just a ten minute acoustic performance by Simon Barker and Bae Il Dong the Pansori singer and just fell in love with the project…”
Marc Hannaford releases two digital recordings – a quintet release called ‘Ordinary Madness’ and a trio release ‘Sarcophile’. We ask him ‘why digital?’ and talk about the music…
Mike Nock has released a new CD Hear and Know on his own FWM label. We spoke to him about the CD and his other projects. Miriam Zolin: How did it come about and what do you personally like about the Trio plus / quintet format? Mike Nock: I invited Ken Allars to join the …
Review by Phil Sandford: The quintet format has proved an enduring one in jazz and this excellent album shows that it still provides a powerful vehicle for creative compositions, solos and group interaction.
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’.
“…I have been trying to work on finding a balance between the experimental, improvisational elements and the more functional melodic, harmonic worlds that I love exploring…”