Matt McMahon + Joe O'Connor Trio
- Date: Friday, 6 March 2015, 8:30pm
- Venue: The Sound Lounge — Seymour Theatre Centre, Cnr City Rd and Cleveland St, Chippendale, NSW
- Series: This event is part of the SIMA series
- Tickets: Adults: $25.00 | Children: $10.00 | Concession: $15.00 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (02) 9351 7940
Matt McMahon – solo album launch
The Voyage of Mary and William (Paths and Streams Records) This long-awaited event sees Sydney pianist Matt McMahon release his first solo piano album The Voyage of Mary and William. McMahon has long been known for his collaborations in diverse areas of music making and this album of Improvisations draws on his love of piano playing in all its forms. The improvisations form a kind of rumination on his musical interests and heritage – paying particular tribute to his forebears Mary and William Navin who came to Australia from Ireland in 1847. Matt’s previous credits include appearing on eighty albums as well performances with Katie Noonan, Joseph Tawadros, Vince Jones, collaborations with his friends Phil Slater and Simon Barker, and a host of other Australian and visiting jazz greats.
Joe O'Connor Trio Praxis album launch
Joe O’Connor blew away judges and audiences when he scooped first place at the prestigious National Jazz Awards in 2013. One of Australia’s most exciting young pianists and composers, Joe’s music is deeply rooted in jazz but also reflects his ongoing emersion in twentieth and twenty-first century classical composition. Joe’s interests converge in an approach that has earned him recognition as an accomplished and original performer. In addition to his National Jazz Award, he also received the 2014 Bell Award for Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year. The Joe O’Connor Trio fuses intricate passages of dissonant counterpoint with the expansive possibilities of structured improvisation, culminating in an ambitious and highly personal approach to piano trio. The trio has been noted for its delicacy of touch and its ability to develop improvised forms co-operatively, yet independently (Ausjazz blog). Joe is joined by two of Melbourne’s most innovative jazz performers in James McLean (drums) and Chris Hale (acoustic electric bass), both exceptional composers and band leaders in their own right. Hale’s powerful melodicism and highly developed harmonic sensibility on the six string acoustic bass provides a rich harmonic palette that complements Joe's contrapuntal approach and feeds off the refined intensity of McLeans rhythmic inventions. The trio will be launching Joe’s debut album Praxis, a collection of six compositions that are influenced by the work of American modernist composer Ruth Crawford-Seeger (Praxis features James McLean - Drums and Marty Holoubek - Bass).
Joe O'Connor (piano), Chris Hale, (acoustic electric bass), James McLean (drums)
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