Saturday July 27
The Sound Lounge
Phil Slater Quintet
supported by: Fjord
Phil Slater Quintet
9pm - 10.15pm
“…the pinnacle of what is currently happening in Australian jazz-inflected music…Phil Slater’s trumpet playing can be as emotionally charged as any music I know.” (Shand, Jazz: The Australian Accent)
Trumpeter/composer Phil Slater is recognised as one of Australia’s most original and accomplished artists. He has gained wide-spread critical acclaim, earning him almost every major jazz award in Australia including a National Jazz and Bell Award and the Freedman Fellowship for Jazz. Leader or co-leader of Sun Songbook, Band of Five Names, Trace Sphere and lecturer at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, he has performed and recorded with many artists including Archie Roach, Mike Nock, Katie Noonan, Paul Grabowsky, the Australian Art Orchestra, Sandy Evans, The Beautiful Girls, PNAU, DIG, Vince Jones, Lou Reed, Missy Higgins and Martha Wainwright.
His work has featured in performances for the Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir Street Theatre and Legs on the Wall. A former student of Peter Sculthorpe, his current research work explores landscape representation in Australian music. He is Lecture in Jazz and Improvisation Studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and completing PhD research into landscape representation in Australian music. Tonight, he performs with his eponymous quintet features and all-star cast of Australian jazz masters.
Phil Slater (trumpet), Matt Keegan (tenor saxophone), Matt McMahon (piano), Brett Hirst (bass), Simon Barker (drums)
8pm - 8.30pm
Inspired by the hypnotic hills of Norway, this mesmerising collaboration for voice and electronics is the culmination of an ongoing musical conversation which spans five years and three continents. Paired back to piano and voice, the project presents a collection of their own compositions and a number of refreshing arrangements of their most loved pop and jazz standards. The duo draws on their extensive experience touring, teaching and performing together in Asia, Europe and Australia working on a multitude of projects including The Wires Project, the Briana Cowlishaw Band and most recently The Hedgeland Suite.
Briana Cowlishaw (vocals), Gavin Ahearn (keys)
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