The anticipated launch of Cody’s musical odessey inspired by the life of French navigator La Perouse

Internationally renowned Australian pianist and composer Chris Cody presents his 11th album Astrolabe alongside his all-star band featuring some of the country’s finest jazz musicians. 

A powerful musical journey, Astrolabe is inspired by French navigator La Pérouse’s voyage to Australia on the ship Astrolabe in 1788. Pérouse arrived in Botany Bay only six days after the First Fleet and vanished just weeks after leaving Australian shores. Cody says, “I found the voyage resonated with my own voyage to France and later back to Australia. I was challenged to grow as a musician and explore my identity and dreams. Both our stories share themes of old world versus new, the unknown, the meetings of different cultures, and of loss, death and disappearance. And ultimately, of hope and continuation.”

“Enthralling tribute to French explorer…startlingly effective music” – Sydney Morning Herald

“Beautifully meditative…sublime…wonderful…a thrilling musical voyage” – Loudmouth Magazine

Chris Cody composer/piano Paul Cutlan saxophone, bass clarinet, flute Tom Avgenicos trumpet James Greening trombone and didgeridoo Susie Bishop violin Emily Rose Sarkova accordion Lloyd Swanton bass Fabian Hevia drums, percussion

Venue: Foundry616

Time: 8:30pm

Duration: 2 x 60 minute sets

6/8/19: Australian jazz pianist/composer Chris Cody at Marobra beach in Sydney. He has has written a suite inspired by 18th century French navigator and explorer La Perouse. John Feder/The Australian.


An enthralling musical voyage which celebrates discovery over conquest“. Steve Townsend, Loudmouth Magazine

Cody‘s touch and dynamics were as telling as an exceptional singer whispering poignant lines of lyric in your ear.”  Sydney Morning Herald

“A piano style that enthuses, is luminous and breathes …very inspired…a remarkable pianist.” Jazz Hot, France

World class, swinging,  passionate, alert and intuitiveCadence, USA