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The scheduled trio for this concert was Svoboda/O’Connor/Green, which brings together three musicians who turned to jazz esoterica in their formative years in Brisbane: drummer Tim Green, double bassist Helen Svoboda and pianist Joe O’Connor. While O’Connor and Svoboda are now both based in Melbourne, COVID-issues made it impractical for Green to travel from Brisbane for their CD preview launch. Replacing Green will be drummer James McLean, in a first meeting of these three musicians in a trio context.
An unconventional trio of highly credentialed improvisers - Eugene Ball (trumpet), Ben Hanlon (double bass) and Anthony Schulz (accordion)
With this performance Williamson unveils a new project featuring the innovative and acclaimed artists Dylan Van der Schyff (drums), Helen Svoboda (double bass & vocals), Scott McConnachie (saxophones), and Miro Lauritz (vibraphone). This performance will feature the premiere of new works from the ensemble members.
Flora Carbo’s Ecosystem brings together six emerging artists – three vocalists (Merinda Dias-Jayasinha, Mel Taylor and Hannah McKittrick) and three saxophonists (Flora Carbo, Zac O’Connell and Bernard Alexander) – in the premiere of an unique sounding ensemble (without bass, drums or a harmonic instrument).
Over the 2020 Melbourne lockdown Max wrote a series of exploratory trio works with the specific skill sets of drummer James McLean and bassist Joseph Franklin in mind. Joined by these musicians he will debut the series, entitled ‘Schema’.
Supporting artists in these interesting times
As concert performances slowly return, you can also support Australian artists by purchasing any of the steady stream of recently released albums. Bandcamp is recommended by many musicians because of its reasonable fee structure, and generous Bandcamp Fridays when they waive their revenue share.
And don’t neglect the rich array of past releases, or important classic albums, such as the late Mark Simmonds’ 1995 ARIA winner, Fire.
The Melbourne Jazz Co-Op
The Melbourne Jazz Co-operative is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting and promoting original live jazz performance by established and emerging artists in Melbourne.
Since 1983 our objectives have been to increase the exposure of contemporary jazz performance by making it accessible to audiences, and to provide award waged performance opportunities for emerging and established artists. Read more about how we are funded.
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