jazz and improvised music

summer Jazz: Matt McMahon Trio 20th Anniversary Performance with special support, Adrian Lim-Klumpes (Tangents/triosk)
DATE Saturday 20 January 2018
TIME 8pm
VENUE The Sound Lounge
TICKETS $30/$26/$25/$15
(Non-Member, Multipass, SIMA Member/Concession, Student)


"McMahon’s playing is ravishing..." - Sydney Morning Herald
Award-winning Sydney composer and pianist Matt McMahon, bassist Jono Brown and drummer Simon Barker celebrate twenty years of making music together this year. They first got to know each other playing gigs in the early ‘90s. They realised it felt great to play together and they haven’t stopped.

As the Matt McMahon Trio, their music embraces song forms, original jazz pieces, collective improvisation and the influence of many traditions as vehicles for collective musical conversation. Their 2007 album Ellipsis was termed “stunning” by the Sydney Morning Herald: “Waves of invention pick you up and transport you with their ardour and grace”. The trio has a new recording due for release in 2018!

Matt McMahon is a National Jazz Award-winner (1999) and the 2005 Freedman Jazz Fellow. His compositions regularly appear on film, television and many ARIA and Jazz ‘Bell’ Award–winning albums.

Matt has played with some of Australia’s most distinguished jazz musicians, including Dale Barlow, Bernie McGann, David Theak, Jonathan Zwartz, Steve Hunter, Jamie Oehlers, Andrea Keller, Sandy Evans, Andrew Robson, Carl Dewhurst and Phil Slater. He has worked with singers and musicians as diverse as Tim Freedman, Gurrumul, Joseph Tawadros, Katie Noonan, Kristin Berardi and Jackie Orszaczky.

Alongside Simon Barker and Phil Slater, Matt McMahon co-leads the Band of Five Names, which has released three well-respected albums and performed internationally and locally. Matt leads several groups featuring his own compositions, and performs solo. His debut album Paths and Streams was released in 2006 to critical acclaim - “a landmark in local creative music” - John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald.

MATT MCMAHON piano, composition JONO BROWN bass SIMON BARKER drums


"Klumpes proves to have a distinct voice in the genre of modern electroacoustic piano music" - Jazz and Beyond

Adrian explores the colours of prepared piano, resonance and electronics in his solo performances.

Known as a frontman of Triosk, 3ofmillions and Tangents, his solo piano sets reflect the ambition to improvise, yet acknowledging styles of Bill Evans, Bach and Debussy.

Adrian uses the moment to expand on melodic and harmonic themes while exploring textures and structures of virtuosic piano and live electronic manipulations.

This November's release, Yield (Preludes and Fugues for Piano), was in some ways an homage to Bach, however Adrian's unique style of emotive storytelling is at the fore.

“Adrian plays exquisitely beautiful, yet thoughtful and haunting music. As a solo artist Adrian is able to explore sounds and space in a moving and memorable way. Truly a unique talent for our time.” - The Wire

ADRIAN LIM-KLUMPES piano, composition