jazz and improvised music


 

february jump up!
DATE Monday 1st February 2016
TIME 8:00-11:00pm
VENUE Foundry616
TICKETS $20/$15/$10
(Non-Member, Member, Student)
book online or call 9351 7940


 

Curated by Jon Rose, who was described by Time Out New York as “"brilliant" during his most recent Stone residency, Jump Up also features Australian jazz master Mike Nock (“ringing iconoclasm pervades all his music… ignites his every encounter.” Downbeat) and bubbles with the brilliance of some of Europe's top improvisers in the form of Berlin-based drummer Tony Buck ("Absolutely riveting" Financial times); Holland's saxophone inferno and electronic wizard - Luc Houtkamp ("with a sense of excitement, surprise and astonishment, and Houtkamp's infectious sense of humor" Jazzflits); the Swiss vocalist and interactive electronics star - Franziska Baumann ("A voice that dances" Anzeiger Bern) and Norwegian virtuoso trombonist Henrik Norstebo ("delicate and abstract sonic storms…an intense, disturbing collage of nuanced noises" All About Jazz).

Also featured is double bass supremo and co-founder of the NOWnow Clayton Thomas ("Clayton Thomas attacks and teases the double bass in the most delightful of ways" Tagesspiegel, Berlin) Sydney's huge new talent on guitar, Julia Reidy ("the mood could flick between humour and drama…from exquisite beauty to belligerent feedback" Sydney Morning Herald).

This formidable line-up will assemble for one night only so don’t miss it! BOOK NOW

Featured Artists (alphabetically):

Tony Buck (drums)
Franziska Baumann (voice, electronics)
Luc Houtkamp (alto and tenor saxophones, electronics)
Mike Nock (piano)
Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø (trombone)
Julia Reidy (guitar, electronics)
Jon Rose (violin)
Clayton Thomas (bass)

 
ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Tony Buck (drums)

Tony is regarded as one of Australia's most creative and adventurous exports, with vast experience across the globe. He has been involved in a highly diverse array of projects. Apart from The Necks, he is probably best known as leader of hardcore/impro band PERIL.

A graduate of New South Wales Conservatorium of Music, Tony has been very involved in the jazz scene in Australia, often touring with visiting international artists such as Vincent Herring, Clifford Jordan, Mickey Tucker, Branford Marsalis and Ernie Watts, as well as Australians Mark Simmonds, Paul Grabowsky, The catholics, Sandy Evans and Dale Barlow. Following time spent in Japan, where he formed PERIL with Otomo Yoshihide and Kato Hideki, Tony moved to Europe, and has involved himself in many projects there, including the development of new "virtual" MIDI controllers at STEIM in Amsterdam.

Tony has played, toured or recorded with, among others, Jon Rose, Nicolas Collins, Tenko, John Zorn, Tom Cora, Phil Minton, Haino, Switchbox, The Machine for Making Sense, Ne Zhdall, The EX, Peter Brotzmann, Hans Reichel, The Little Red Spiders, Subrito Roy Chowdury, Clifford Jordan, Kletka Red, Han Bennink, Shelley Hirsch, Wayne Horvitz, Palinckx, and Ground Zero.

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Franziska Baumann (voice, electronics)


Franziska Baumann is currently probably the most exciting and most changeable vocalist in Switzerland. With her 4-octave she explores the human voice as a multi-faceted instrument expanding traditional boundaries and creates works that discloses at the intersection of voice and gesture, space and live-electronic in an effort to discover and weave together new modes of perception.

Her cross-boarder approach of music allows her to work with musicians from very different backgrounds. She toured many parts of Europe, USA, Canada, South Africa, South Corea ua. She is an experienced lecturer on vocal performance and improvisation-composition at the Berne University of Music.

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Luc Houtkamp (alto and tenor saxophones, electronics)


Luc Houtkamp is a composer who bridges the gap between different worlds of music. His background in jazz & improvised music establishes a continuum between improvisation and composition in which the difference between the two dissolves.

With the aid of computers, live electronics and various forms of music notation, his compositions are highly personal in both sound and concept  which based on his belief that musical style is secondary in importance and they’re to serve the expressive quality of the music itself.

After a long-standing career as an improvising musician, Houtkamp established his own POW Ensemble in 2001. Being a flexible unit of musicians with musical backgrounds in jazz, rock, electronic and contemporary music, it soon became the ideal body for the performance of his own compositions. Over the  years, writing compositions became an important part of his musical output. Besides pieces for the POW Ensemble, he started composing for numerous other ensembles and musicians.

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Mike Nock (piano)

Mike Nock’s career has spanned a broad range of contemporary musical styles and he is widely recognised as an important voice in Australian modern music. Based in Sydney since 1986, he previously spent 25 years in the USA, working with many of the world’s top jazz artists.

His compositions include orchestral music, woodwind / percussion ensembles, electronic / choral works etc., and have been recorded and performed by a range of jazz & non-jazz performers.

Attracting many awards and honours over his lengthy career in 2014 he was awarded the Don Banks Music Award, the most valuable individual music award in Australia. In 2009 he was inducted into the Bell Awards Australian Jazz Hall of Fame and in 2003 presented with the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM).


Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø
(trombone)


Henrik is a contemporary musican, whose ambiguous relationship with the trombone has led him to explore both the boisterous and brassy side of the instrument, as well as it’s counterpoint in microscopic and ‘electronic’ sound possibilities. Utilizing a wide spectrum of playing techniques, from pure long tones to noise and the almost inaudible, he often works balancing the intuitive with the precisely constructed.

 Henrik's time is divided between his regular projects; As deafness increases, Lana trio, Whirl (with Tobias Delius), Nørstebø/Strid/de Heney, BEAM SPLITTER (with Audrey Chen), new music ensemble Aksiom and the freejazzpop-band Skadedyr. In addition to numerous other releases, his discography contains duo records with Swedish pianist Rasmus Borg and Austrian sound artist Daniel Lercher. Henrik has been working regularly with solo music since 2007, and released his debut record in 2011. His second solo record “Melting into foreground” was released on SOFA this November, 2015.

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Julia Reidy (guitar, electronics)


Julia Reidy is a guitarist and composer from Sydney. Her diverse musical influences are reflected in varied forms and approaches, particularly through exploratory processes. As a soloist and ensemble improvisor, Reidy has perfumed extensively throughout Australia and Europe, including the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK), Konfrontationen Jazz Festival (AUSTRIA), Berlin Jazz Festival (DE), the NOWnow Festival (AUS). Her approaches are characterised by a sense of rigour and experimentation, drawing upon a range of influences from her experience in jazz, hard rock, new music and sound art.

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Jon Rose (violin)

Recently returned from the U.S where he conducted a 12 day residency at New York's Stone, Jon Rose is one of Australia's most prolific composer/musicians. Recipient of the 2012 Don Banks award, in addition to being a consummate violinist and versatile improviser, Jon has made a multitude of instruments and has also created many radio works and written four books. 

 Jon has appeared on over 100 records and CD’s. He has worked with many of the innovators and mavericks in contemporary music such as The Kronos String Quartet, John Zorn, Derek Bailey, Butch Morris, Barry Guy, Fred Frith, Joelle Leandre, Connie Bauer, Johannes Bauer, Chris Cutler, Otomo Yoshihide, KK Null, Alex Von Schlippenbach, Toshinori Kondo, Francis-Marie Uitti, Alvin Curran, Evan Parker, Paul Lovens, Phil Minton, Shelley Hirsh, Mark Dresser, Ben Patterson, Emmett Williams, John Cage, Joel Ryan, Peter Kowald, Borah Borgmann, Tristan Honsinger, Mari Kimura, The Soldier String Quartet, Borah Bergman, Sainko, Tristan Honsinger, Tony Oxley, Cor Fuhler, Steve Beresford, Eugene Chadbourne, Bob Ostertag, Malcolm Goldstein, Jim Denley, David Moss, Miya Masaoka, Barre Phillips, Roger Turner, George Lewis, Gunter Christmann, Davy Williams, Misha Mengelberg, Elliott Sharpe, Elena Kats Chernin, Lauren Newton, Uli Gumpert, Christian Marclay, Richard Barret, Pierre Henry, etc).

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Clayton Thomas (bass)

Inspired by the sound, velocity and social movements of jazz, Clayton has dedicated his musical life to finding a personal truth that links his own cultural life as a white Australian, with the radical, far reaching pursuits found within the creative music. What he can’t find as a bass player, he searches for in the organisation of unreasonably large ensembles.

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