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Christopher Hale “Archeopsychic” (Melbourne/Sydney) – Premiere
Sun 24th November, 2019 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm$15 – $20
Since the passing Christopher Hale’s long-time collaborator and friend, pianist Will Poskitt (who debuted with Hale’s acclaimed first ensemble for MJC in 2002), the bassist presents concerts of new original music infrequently. However, each new project has a significant impact, generating critical acclaim and sold-out audiences, like 2012’s epic suite Sylvan Coda with flamenco dancer Johnny Tedesco and 2017’s exciting and complex Ritual Diamonds, with Korean shamanic drum virtuoso Woo Minyoung (both projects were also featured by the MJC).
Archaeopsychic is the debut performance of new music arising from an intense and lengthy period of study. For the past 7 years, Hale has been studying Korean traditional drumming, and its foundational pedagogy called hohŭp, a breathing/movement-based system for generating rhythm. Rather than seeking to play Korean traditional music, Hale has assimilated the conceptual principles of hohŭp into a unique and highly personal system for rhythmic composition. The resulting music is beautiful, mysterious, ritualistic and powerful, with emotional melodies and a complex, absorbing rhythmic spiritualism.
Joining Hale are a group of close friends, all rhythmic masters and exciting improvisors: James McLean (drumset), Leigh Fisher (electronic drums), Theo Carbo (guitar) and in a special appearance from Sydney, saxophonist/percussionist Sam Gill.
“Christopher Hale on six string bass proved why he has a reputation as one of the most unique and respected musicians in Australia” (Glam Adelaide)
“Australian jazz heavyweight and a brilliant, groundbreaking composer” (Rhythms Magazine)