Mike Majkowski, bassist extraordinare, home from Berlin for a couple of weeks.
James Waples, one of the great drummers on the Sydney scene.
Dale Gorfinkel, Melbourne vibes player, for his first Colbourne Ave show.
All three incredible improvisers, masters of invention, creators of instruments and sounds previously unheard. But above all: musicians who listen first then play, who respond as fast as the music can change,who build layers of textured sound onto entrancing, shifting rhythms. I love it.
Chris Abrahams, James Waples, and Mike Markovski - maybe the most creative improvising trio in Sydney. totally UN-composed, completely free jazz by three of sydney's free-est improvisors. Despire their differences in age and history, they clearly understand each other well enough to climb around each others sounds. ROIL mesmerise you with the way they surge together then careen apart, ramming textures and harmonics against each other in ways that would be totally destructive in less competent hands.
I just found this overview of Mike's playing, by John Clare. he quotes ROIL's last gig at Colbourne Ave:
"More recently I heard him in Roil ... The room has a wonderful sound, so good in fact that even when Majkowski played glissando patterns by vooming the palms of his hands on the wood of the bass I thought he was using amplification, but they were all playing acoustically. “How do you do that?” I asked. “A lot practice,” he said. “And the room. Actually I’ve done a lot of work on projection.” Using the bow and, simultaneously, rapid fingers down near the bridge, Majkowski created a maze of high notes and interacting harmonics that took my breath away. Also pings, pops and chattering. The instrument was singing and crying like several voices, and in fact he sometimes projected his own voice into it.
As with The Necks, so with Roil- in this regard at least: it is misleading to say there are no solos, but brief focus on one instrument can be the result of the others suddenly dropping in volume rather than the one shouldering itself into prominence. The isolated instrument suddenly has a kind of supernatural presence. There are a number of Australian contemporary jazz bands in which such a “solo” would be entirely in context. Others of course where it would not be seen to be serving the music."
[John Clare, sima.org.au/2010/10/14/profile-2-mike-majkowsk]
and then he quotes Mike:
“In this regard jazz is dead. But when I play with a trio like Roil I feel I am really playing jazz. In our rehearsals we just play. There’s no verbal dialogue, or very little. There’s no leader. No one is worried about playing over anyone else. We are solving the musical problems in the moment. We got together in 2007 and we weren’t talking about playing gigs. We just enjoyed playing together. Playing no one else’s music."
Wow, exciting! A screening of Emma Franz's documentary about Simon Barker's incredible journey to the heart of South Korea's drumming tradition, Intangible Asset No 82. Followed by a solo performance by Simon, Q & A with Emma, plus a set by Jim Denley / Mike Majkowski.
This event is presented in conjunction with the Sydney Improvised Music Association - the film will start at 7pm and the cost is $25/$15, and you can actually book tickets! check the SIMA website for more info : http://www.sima.org.au
Roil is a collaboration between pianist Chris Abrahams, bassist Mike Majkowsk, and drummer James Waples. Since forming in 2007, this Sydney-based trio has been developing their own approach to jazz improvisation. There is a controlled elegance to Roil’s music — not that this precludes the energetic. The music has an eddying quality that moves between group utterance and multi–stranded counterpoint, a weaving of textures that coagulate to form unified phrases before dispersing once more into the churning invention. ’Meaning’ is its first release and was recorded in one uninterrupted session on 2 April 2008.
cnr Colbourne Ave and St Johns Road, Glebe ( google map )
Thursdays from 8pm
anything you like - dinner, snacks, beverages, friends (glasses provided).
$20 / $10 concession for all concerts
Comfortable lounges, candlelight, all ages welcome.
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