Two of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary instrumentalists and long time collaborators, Guy Strazz and Matt McMahon, present a program of acoustic jazz for guitar and piano. They are joined by the gifted singer, Edo Santoni, whose musical connection to Strazz and McMahon is deeply rooted through Guy’s Passionfruit band, and Edo’s own projects. Guy and Matt’s debut album, 2@1, was released on the Birdland label and received an AIR Nomination for best jazz release 2009. A rare opportunity to enjoy this trio project in its making in the intimacy, and relaxed atmosphere of the church.
"It is easy for piano and guitar to trip over each other harmonically, but these two, amongst the most lyrical players in the land, sing from the same hymn book”.
John Shand SMH.
“Music at its most fundamental and most thrilling”
“One of the numerous beautiful themes is Zawi, an ode to pianist Jo Zawinul, where a flowing, unobtrusive melody achieves a carefully cultivated sense of peaceful relaxation”.
John McBeath, The Australian
Spike Mason on sax, Matt McMahon on piano. Two great musicians with a long history of playing together and a deep love of improvised music. Matt and Spike can both draw from a huge catalogue of standards and each has a long list of original compositions. It is an important day for me, and I know it will be a perfect night of music.
The Daryl Pratt Sextet is looking forward to a return visit to Colbourne Ave. Influenced by recent developments in improvised music blending acoustic and electronic sounds, the band's repertoire features new pieces by Daryl designed especially for this outstanding line-up.
Everybody loves Matt, and the synergy he has developed with Jono Brown and Simon Barker over a decady is astounding. They will play pieces from their 13 year history and some brand new ones too.
Of their cd "Ellipsis" John Shand said in the Sydney Morning Herald:
"McMahon's playing is ravishing ... The recording quality is excellent and the music is as good as any current piano-trio jazz"
The first program for 2002 featured four Sydney Jazz ensembles of very differing styles and concepts. There was a guitar/piano duet, a jazz electronica trio, an acoustic quartet, and an electric jazz quartet.
Band of 5 Names
Nick Bowd Group
Jeremy Sawkins Project
Sean Wayland Duo
16 solo pianists over four weeks. This series was largely responsible for our decision to host concerts more often.
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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