Stephen Magnusson & Kinfolk – “4 days of 50”
Sun 9th February @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm$15 – $20
Guitarist/composer Stephen Magnusson is one of the most versatile and distinctive musicians in Australia. After spending several years teaching in Switzerland in the 1990s (being nominated for the Swiss Fellowship award in 1999), he returned to Australia in 2000, and was co-winner of the 2000 National Jazz Guitar Award at Wangaratta. While his impressive C.V. includes performances or recordings with artists including Charlie Haden’s Music Liberation Orchestra, Meshell Ndegeocello, Rickie-Lee Jones, Tim Berne, George Garzone, Jim Black, Paul Grabowsky, Mike Nock, Elixir and Vince Jones, formal recognition was surprisingly lacking. But in 2013 he received the $30,000 Melbourne Music Prize, while his album Magnet (on LP and CD), won the 2013 ‘Bell’ Australian Jazz Award for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year.
To belatedly mark this unassuming artist’s 50th Birthday in 2019, he opted to perform with “Kinfolk”, his group of long term collaborators in Tim Neal (Hammond organ), Frank DiSario (double bass) and Dave Beck (drums) to produce earthy, bluesy grooves, while retaining the freedom to take the music in different directions. He will perform a solo opening set (with a guest or two). Visit www.mag.net.au
“An artist with nothing to prove but much to say” – All About Jazz, USA