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Water pushes sand (China / Australia)

Tue 22nd August, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm

$15 – $20

Water Pushes Sand is a brilliant work by Brisbane-based composer/keyboardist Erik Griswold, which combined musicians from the Australian Art Orchestra with all-star musicians and performers of Chengdu, Sichuan to create a wild and beautiful intercultural celebration by fusing Sichuan melodies and rhythms with modern jazz improvisation.

Sichuan culture is unique in China, and its music combines colours from rustic country folk, street songs and a cacophony of gongs and cymbals. It is more like blues or early rock and roll than classical music.

Following its great success at the 2015 Melbourne Festival and OzAsia in Adelaide in 2015, the 10-piece ensemble, features three Chinese musicians, as well as Singapore-based expatriate saxophonist Tim O’Dwyer.

The concert serves as a CD launch for the self-titled album, Water Pushes Sand (on the Jazzhead label)

The 10-piece band features the following musicians:

Zheng Shengli (Chengdu) – voice & changing faces
Min Dong (Sydney) – bamboo flute
Scott McConnahie (Melbourne) – sopranino saxophone
Tim O’Dwyer (Singapore) – alto & bari saxophone
Peter Knight (Melbourne) – trumpet
Vanessa Tomlinson (Brisbane) – percussion
Zhong Kaizhi (Chengdu) – percussion
Mindy Wang (Melbourne) – gu zheng
Erik Griswold (Brisbane) – piano
Sam Pankhurst (Brisbane) – bass

This concert is a co-presentation between the Australian Art Orchestra and the MJC.


“A masterful musical montage. . . full of fascinating juxtapositions” – Jessica Nicholas, Sydney Morning Herald

“Folky and melodic to urbane and chaotic, it was a delightful and rewarding experience for the rapturous audience. . . a fine example of all that is possible when art and those who practice it are given the great gift of time to develop deep and generous relationships”Kristian Pithie, Performing Arts Hub                

“A liberating performance showing the beauty and strength of two cultures intertwining” – Victoria Mantynen, Planet Arts


Tue 22nd August, 2017
8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
$15 – $20
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