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Origami – 2 CD launches
Sun 18th February @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm$15 - $20
Origami is led by Adam Simmons, acclaimed multi-instrumentalist and composer (as well as Co-Artistic Director of Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues). Formed in 2010, Origami have performed at various festivals including Wangaratta Jazz & Blues Festival, Mildura Jazz Food & Wine Festival, Eltham Jazz Festival and The Village Festival. They performed their suite, The Usefulness of Art for the inaugural Peter Blizzard Memorial Concert at the Festival of Slow Music.
This is the Melbourne launch of two new CDs: Ornette, a tribute to jazz iconoclast, Ornette Coleman (recorded in 2017 by ABC Jazz at the Melbourne Recital Centre, including Adam’s son, Noah Simmons on drums); and, Wu Xing – The Five Elements – a new suite inspired by ancient Chinese philosophy, featuring Wang Zheng-Ting on sheng (Chinese mouth organ). Noah Simmons (drums) and Wang Zheng-Ting (sheng) will join Adam Simmons (alto sax/bass clarinet), Howard Cairns (acoustic bass) and Hugh Harvey (drums) to present music from these two projects.
“It was a masterful performance that journeyed from Simmons’s near-silent breathing on bass clarinet to his raucous and spirited dance on alto sax. Zheng-Ting’s playing was a highlight, adding rich colourful tones to the music, while at the same time anchoring its Chinese roots.” – Des Cowley, Australian Book Review, on 2017 Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues