Colbourne Ave started after musician Spike Mason was travelling around Europe in 1996. He went to some beautiful jazz concerts that were acoustic, and more like concerts than he was used to in the Sydney jazz scene. One of these was in the round, and it was so moving and intimate that he decided to try and recreate the experience in his own scene back home. After much searching, he found that the church in Glebe he was working for had perfect acoustics for listening. From 2000 to 2009 the venue was called "eight oclock sharp", the name of the first ever series - a season of the play Waiting For Godot with five jazz piano concerts. There was a very strict 'no talking during the music' rule, and the promise that the music would start exactly on time - eight oclock sharp!
Over the years, and with help from Andrew, Barney, and the CafeChurch community, the concert series grew from half a dozen performances a year - almost always acoustic, often in the round with great musicians and respectful audiences - until in 2008 they organized their third 'Jazz Piano Master Series' with sixteen solo pianists over four weeks. It was so good they decided they had to do it every week! Over the next couple of years we managed to organise a consistent series of concerts, and changed our name to Colbourne Ave.
The Monday Club with Syzygy sp-A-C--E
The Monday Club, the best improvising ensemble since Free For All, returns. Tony Gorman and his band of monday revellers; playing their instruments they way they find them; listening to each other and to the wind. I'd call this a special event, but all Monday Club performances are special events. It'll go like this:
The Monday Club
The Monday Club grew from a chance meeting between Tony and Steve. A shared desire to explore sound was enough to start things moving - starting with long notes (to quote Tony - “is there anything they CAN'T do?”), it has quickly become something more. It's never been a conscious directing of events, but more an unfolding as the process deepens...
The sources of this music are varied, elusive and not easily named - the spaces between words, and thoughts; the subtle stirrings of shifting time; flashing inspiration, raging and at once subsiding; a sense of space becoming sound becoming space...
There are deep sonorities and ranging explorations, our vehicle the unique instrumentation and broad range of experience and inspiration within the group. Each time we play something is found, a collective space is arrived upon, and so the journey begins anew even as it continues.
Tony Gorman, Boyd, Stephen Morley, Mary Rapp.
Alto and contrabass clarinets, horn and cello.
Colin Bright SYZYGY Band sp-A-C--E part 1
Music for Telescope, Binoculars & Improvising Ensemble
A multimedia concept - streaming: -
- LIVE star visual images projected onto a screen
- LIVE 'star' data converted to MIDI signals for the musicians to interact with
The Colin Bright SYZYGY Band, a collective of composer/improvisers, is collaborating with Dr Angelo Fraietta, a software engineer, composer, electronic musical instrument designer, and amateur astronomer. Dr Fraietta’s current research is in the correlation of astronomical data with artistic performance, and has developed innovative software and hardware specifically for the spA-C--E concept.
The multimedia concept is to stream 'star' data—such as position, elevation, brightness and colour—from astronomical catalogues through the positioning of a telescope & high-powered binoculars. This data is converted algorithmically into a SOUND CANVAS. Additionally, a live image will be projected onto a screen and the audience will be invited to observe through the binoculars during the performance. Also, a laser marker will be projected into the sky to give the audience a naked eye perspective, which will facilitate their memory of the performance when they look into the night sky on another night, thus providing a true, memorable experience.
Thus, LIVE interaction with star systems that SYZYGY improvise to - inspired by those sounds & images. It is cutting edge technology requiring imaginative musicality. Instruments are mic-ed up to 2-3 MacBooks + FX etc through Mainstage. Thus the natural timbres of acoustic instruments AND electronic transformations.
The BIG idea is the interaction between REALTIME now - and DEEP TIME from space!!! (i.e. millions of years in the past!)
Together, we have developed a broad but flexible structure to work within. The structure is to give the work shape and form, as well as the flexibility to allow individuality - and a personal ‘voice’.
Some of ideas we can interact with on our tour through the star systems...
Zenith - Nadir - Contact - Particles - Earth Dance - Moon Dance - Space Dance - Opposition - Conjunction - Universal Chord
Paul Cutlan - clarinets, saxes + FX
Nick Polovineo - trombone + FX
Noam Jaffe - violin + FX
Colin Bright - piano + FX
Aiden Molins - film
Dr Angelo Fraietta, a software engineer, composer, electronic musical instrument designer, and amateur astronomer.
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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