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Chris Cody’s Astrolabe (Sydney/Melbourne) – Debut
Sun 13th October, 2019 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm$15 – $20
Sydney pianist and composer Chris Cody has been based in Paris for much of the last 25 years, performing and recording internationally. His interests as a Francophile resulted in the writing of a major work, Astrolabe: Suite for La Pérouse, a powerful musical journey, inspired by French navigator Jean-Francois de La Pérouse’s voyage to Australia on the ship, L’Astrolabe, in 1788. Pérouse arrived in Botany Bay only six days after the First Fleet and vanished just weeks after leaving Australian shores. Cody’s work draws upon jazz, classical and diverse world music influences to take audiences on a vibrant and exciting musical odyssey.
It delves into differently imagined times, cultures and places to celebrate discovery and adventure spanning the globe. Cody says, “I found that [La Perouse’s] voyage resonated with my own voyage to France and later back to Australia.
I was challenged to grow as a musician as well as explore my identity and dreams. There are themes in this work of old world versus new world, the unknown and of loss, death and disappearance. Coming from Sydney, he will perform all nine pieces of the Suite in a Sextet version, joined by regular Melbourne collaborators in Paul Williamson (trumpet), Julien Wilson (bass clarinet & tenor sax), Adrian Sherriff (bass trombone, shakuhachi), Philip Rex (acoustic bass) and Danny Fisher (drums & percussion).
“This superb recording finds Australian post-bop pianist Chris Cody, who shows himself to be an excellent composer and a fine improviser, leading an all-star quartet. The pianist’s sparse voicing and simple melodies belie an underlying turmoil and unreleased tension that bring out the best in his sidemen. By the end of the album, you know you’ve heard something precious, delicate and often fragile, but very valuable. A minor gem”. – Steven Loewy, AMG (AllMusicGuide),USA
“These musicians guarantee a performance full of colour, humour and rhythmic movement.” – SMH “Polished composition and pianism doesn’t get much better or more enjoyable than this.” – Fine Music Magazine