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LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY — DON’T GO HOME WITHOUT IT

It’s all happening in Melbs tonight, so whatever you do, don’t go home before catching some live music. To make it easy to choose, here’s some of the gigs on offer:

Collider CD launch of Words at Uptown Jazz Cafe, Friday 1 March, 2013 at 8.30pm

Kynan Robinson trombone, Adam Simmons tenor sax, Andrea Keeble violin, Jason Bunn viola, Ronny Ferella drums, Anita Hustas double bass

Collider

Collider

Here’s some background info:

Uptown is very proud to host the launch of the debut album Words from the band Collider led by trombonist Kynan Robinson.

Brass meets strings melded together with drums creating the unique force that is Australian ensemble Collider – an exploration in sound and composition that is luxuriating as it is challenging

Collider was first formed in 2006 and has developed its beautiful and unique sound over the past four years. Collider is a band which is co-lead by Adam Simmons and Kynan Robinson. Both Kynan and Adam have built great reputations for both their individual and highly sort after playing styles, featuring in many bands including Aria award winning C.W Stoneking, Ernest Ranglin, Peter Brotzmann, Odean Pope, SkaZZ, Peter Knights 5+2, The Bombay Royale etc. but also for their uncompromising and unique approach to the bands that they individually run. They are both extremely prolific leading very successful ensembles with multiple releases such as The Escalators, Adam Simmons Toy Band, Des Peres, En Rusk, The Adam Simmons Quartet and The Creative Music Ensemble.

With Collider they have joined forces to create a unique musical experience. The integration of a string
section adds a textural layer that is rarely heard in a improvising context.
Every member of the ensemble is a composer in their own right and all have contributed music to the repertoire performed by Collider. As well as short pieces each member has at some stage composed a major work for Collider.

“This was really visceral music and its effect was felt physically. The combination of instruments provided a timbre-laden treat that would gladden the heart of a Tasmanian conservationist or an Orbost logger, or both.I loved the contributions of each instrument. I loved the percussive interludes and the way Ferella intervened with such sensitivity and minimalism. There were some absolutely entrancing standout solos — Kynan Robinson digging deep into the gravel, Ronny Ferella taking the space to take us on a sublime journey of intricacy and introspection, Anita Hustas opening the final piece of the night with great presence, and Simmons on fire in slow-burn fashion that etched tenor notes into the dark room.” Roger Mitchell – ausjazz.net

Collider has had work commissioned by The Melbourne Writers Festival (Solo In Red composed by Kynan Robinson, 2012) and presented at sold out shows at the Melbourne Recital Center. In 2007 Collider premiered new work composed by Anita Hustas and Andrea Keeble at the Melbourne Women’s International Jazz Festival. Collider has also been presented by the La Mama Musica Series, Melbourne Jazz Coop, Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival and Lebowskis.

In 2011/12 Collider presented major new works by Kynan and Adam with a very literary focus. Kynan composed music inspired by the writings of American author Cormac McCarthy (Solo In Red) while Adam composed work based on the famous children’s book Green Eggs and Ham. This sold out concert was presented as part of 45 Downstairs 2011 program. This literary focus has been a subtle teme found in much of Colliders work.

Two sets from 8.30pm. To reserve a table please email – uptownjazzcafe@email.com

And there’s more:

Paul Van Ross Quartet CD launch, Paris Cat Jazz Club, 9.30pm , $20
Featuring original music from the new CD “The Buck Stops Here”
with: Paul Van Ross – saxophones / flute, Kim Kelaart – Hammond B3 Organ, Hugh Stuckey – guitar, Hugh Harvey – drums

And there’s more:

Great Waitress, 7pm Richmond Uniting Church, 310-314 Church Street
After many shows in Sydney, and across Europe, Great Waitress is finally coming to Melbourne!

Rosalind Hall – solo sax, Marc Hannaford – solo piano,

RCKTSRGRY: Tina Douglas – wii/laptop/visuals, Nik Kennedy – electronics, and Great Waitress: Magda Mayas – piano, Monica Brooks – accordion. Laura Altman – clarinet

And there’s more:

Lior with Gian Slater and Invenio, Spiegeltent, Melbourne, 7pm
Tickets: from $46
Lior has a long standing relationship with The Famous Spiegeltent and has always endeavoured to bring a unique approach to these shows as a reflection of the venue’s undeniable charm. This year is no exception with Lior inviting renowned Melbourne vocalist/composer Gian Slater and her vocal ensemble ‘Invenio’ to join him.
Over three highly acclaimed studio albums Lior has built a reputation as one of Australia’s finest songwriters and vocalists. Gian Slater and her ensemble are known for their imaginative arrangements and innovative vocal performances – together with Lior they will be performing a selection of Lior’s songs. A unique performance not to be missed.
http://spiegel.artscentremelbourne.com.au/2013/lior-with-gian-slater-and-invenio/

$10 entry ($8 conc.). Doors at 7pm. Music from 7:30pm

And there’s more:

Warpigs, with special guests The Naxalites, Roundtable
Tago Mago, 744 High Street Thornbury, 8pm

Like wandering lost in a field somewhere in Russia. You look up to see nothing but clouds and power-lines, and for all you’re worries you can’t seem to think of anything but Grandpa. Warpigs epic space, Warpigs meandering dissonance, Warpigs angelic and divine, Warpigs cut throat blues. Brought to you by sonic lovebirds The Naxalites and intelligent designers Roundtable. Free entry.

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COLLIDER IN A NOVEL WORK

GIG PREVIEW: Saturday 25 August, 8pm, The Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre

Collider

Collider

Melbourne sextet Collider will tonight perform Solo in Red, a new work by Kynan Robinson which utilises words, music and images to explore the sparseness and fragility of Cormac McCarthy’s writing.

Collider — Robinson, Adam Simmons, Anita Hustas, Jason Bunn, Ronny Ferella and Andrea Keeble — was formed in 2006 to perform as part of the Adam Simmons
Retrospective and adds the texture of strings to brass, woodwind and drums.

Presented as part of the Melbourne Writers Festival, the work focuses on McCarthy’s novel Blood Meridian, but is also inspired by Suttree and The Border Trilogy.

Solo in Red has been described as “textured and dynamically complex” and “a hauntingly beautiful work”.

Robinson says, “McCarthy’s writing and the atmosphere he creates has a sparseness, detachment and tension and is always touched with a dry wit. He presents both the absolute beauty and absolute ugliness of existence, often within the same sentence.”

Tickets ($40, $30 concession) can be purchased online from the Melbourne Recital Centre.

The Age previewed Solo in Red in an article on 18 August, 2012.

And Miriam Zolin’s Jazz Planet did a couple of detailed interviews with Kynan Robinson and Melbourne Writers Festival Director Steve Grimwade


ROGER MITCHELL

SHAMELESS PUBLICITY FOR COLLIDER

Collider @ La Mama Musica, 205 Faraday St, Carlton, Monday, June 20, at 7.30pm
Shared Obsessions

Kynan Robinson trombone, Adam Simmons tenor sax, Andrea Keeble violin, Jason Bunn viola, Ronny Ferella drums, Anita Hustas double bass

Collider

Collider

Ausjazz blog’s take on Collider: “This was really visceral music and its effect was felt physically. The combination of instruments provided a timbre-laden treat that would gladden the heart of a Tasmanian conservationist or an Orbost logger, or both.”

Collider’s take on Collider: “A truly eclectic Melbourne ensemble, part jazz group, part string ensemble and part wind band.  Collectively the members of Collider occupy almost all facets of the Melbourne music scene, from the MSO, to the Make It Up Club.”

This program will showcase new material composed by four Collider members — Ronny Ferella, Anita Hustas, Andrea Keeble and Jason Bunn. Five new works will be premiered in “Shared Obsessions”:

Valiant Obsession (Jason Bunn): Inspired by a track from the Punch Brothers,
where a seemingly random violin tone was woven into a crackin tune (“Me and
Us”, from “Antifogmatic”, 2010). Each instrument is given a short tone
row, first set over a John Adams-esque driving accompaniment, then expanded
to allow each player to explore the improvisational possibilities of their
tone row, both individually and in combination.

Peteliske  (Anita Hustas): (pronounced peh-teh-lish-keh) means butterfly in
the Lithuanian language. This piece is inspired by the ancient Lithuanian
song form ‘Sutartine’ which is a polyphonic mantra like vocal chant.

Cloud Shaped Thought (Anita Hustas): based on the poem Cloud Shaped Thought by Lidjia Simkute.

Both Peteliske and Cloud Shaped Thought are performed from graphic scores
created especially for Collider.

Shrouded History (Ronny Ferella): A three-part work inspired by the drumming and singing of the Santeria religion (a religion found in Cuba that combines West African religious traditions with Catholicism)

Fly (Andrea Keeble): Inspired by musician/composer John Zorn and explores
eastern European folk influences.