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Raj Jayaweera - young male sitting pensively at his drum kit. He is wearing a patterned blue shirt, his hair is pulled back and he is looking at the drums.

Raj Jayaweera Quintet – Premiere

Sun 22 May @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

In this concert, the quintet will perform Jayaweera’s music from his albums, Pistils and Laniakea, (both on the Earshift label), as well as some newer compositions.

Peter Knight - image by Sarah Walker

Peter Knight’s TL;DR Quartet – Premiere

Sun 29 May @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Expect adventurous approaches with tape loops, analogue and digital delays, off kilter overlapping rhythms and organic instrumental sounds.

Stylised light play photo of Unbroken Trio

Unbroken Trio + Data Entry – Debut

Sun 5 June @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

‘Data Entry’ Is a new trio formed by drummer/composer Luke Andresen, and featuring Bernard Alexander (alto saxophone) and Sam Anning (electric bass). Led by trombonist and composer Scott van Gemert, the Unbroken Trio  (pictured) plays original music that focuses on the collective sound of the ensemble.

Nat Bartsch - young woman wearing spectacles looks at the camera with a small smile

Antelodic + Nat Bartsch (Solo)

Sun 12 June @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Genre-bending pianist/composer Nat Bartsch (pictured), who has developed an outstanding reputation for inimitably melodic, lyrical music-making, will open the concert. Antelodic is an instrumental chamber jazz trio featuring the unusual instrumentation of guitar with two saxophones. The woodwinds often perform the role of rhythm section, allowing the guitar to become the melodic voice.

Shayan - group of musicians leaning against a wall

SHAYAN + ‘Melbourne Amplified Strings’ (MAS) – Debut/CD Launch

Sun 19 June @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

With a sound that incorporates electronic music, Iranian folk melodies, hip-hop and chamber music, this MJC concert features a collaboration between Jazz quintet SHAYAN and electronic string duo, 'Melbourne Amplified Strings' (MAS).

James Bowers red haired musician in spectacles and a red jacket, photgraphed at a 30 degree angle, looking down at a keyboard out of shot

James Bowers Trio feat. Marty Holoubek (Tokyo)

Sun 26 June @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

With Marty Holoubek here on a brief visit from his base in Tokyo, the trio will perform mostly material from the Trio album, together with a couple of new tunes, with longtime musical accomplice, James McLean (drums). Marty and James McLean.

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This project has been assisted by the Victorian Government, through Creative Victoria, and by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. The 3PBS-FM Recording Project has been financially supported by Vorticity Music 

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