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Steve Barry Quartet (Sydney/Melbourne) – Premiere
Sun 6 February @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm$18 – $25
Flying cities, old Westerns, ocean swimming and Martian Zen – Sydney pianist/composer Steve Barry’s new quartet music draws on the vital distractions of Covid lockdown and the fruits of a reimagining of bebop scales. Winner of the 2021 APRA Professional Development Award for Jazz and third-place in the 2021 National Jazz Piano Awards, Barry’s work moves fluidly across the jazz, contemporary classical and improvised music worlds, balancing the intricately composed with freewheeling ensemble interplay.
Recent projects include a work for Sydney new music group Ensemble Offspring, a 2019 tour of Japan with AUS-JPN piano trio Polyglot, and a suite of compositions and free improvisations for solo piano. Barry’s compositions are replete with lyrical chromatic counterpoint, restive rhythmic propellants and a broad spectrum of harmonic hues.
Barry will collaborate with Josh Kelly (alto saxophone), Ben Robertson (double bass) and Danny Fischer (drums).
…dazzling in his harmonic adventurousness, melodic resourcefulness, switchback rhythmic ideas and non-bombastic sense of drama. — Sydney Morning Herald