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THE END IS NIGH

The End

The End

PREVIEW: World premiere of Tim Willis’s suite Night & Day at Bennetts Lane, 8pm Saturday 1 June as part of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival

Amid the excitement of international artists arriving for the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, which starts tonight (31 May) , it is easy for significant contributions by Australian musicians to slip under the radar.

This year special treats from local musicians include the world premieres on Saturday 1 June of guitarist Tim Willis’s Night and Day, and on Monday
3 June of the Allan Browne Trio’s Lost in the Stars, inspired by the Zodiac Suites of composers Mary Lou Williams and Karlheinz Stockhausen. These should be marked as concerts not to be missed.

Australian quartet Red Fish Blue, which delighted the Chapel Off Chapel audience during the recent Stonnington Jazz festival, will launch its second album, The Sword and the Brush, on Sunday 2 June at Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, followed by a separate concert that night in which Jordan Murray on trombone and Paul Williamson on trumpet will join the Rob Burke and Tony Gould Quartet.

Solo in Red

Kynan Robinson and Adam Simmons in “Solo in Red” at The Salon, MRC.

As well, on Thursday 6 and Friday 7 June at 6pm, and Saturday 8 June at 3pm and 6pm, Jazz in the Salon at MRC will feature composer/percussionist Alastair Kerr’s new suite The Archer and the Dancer with Panorama do Brasil, and composer Kynan Robinson’s Solo in Red — a musical exploration of the sparseness and fragility of Cormac McCarthy’s writing — performed by Melbourne sextet Collider. Liza Power wrote about Solo in Red in The Age in August last year.

Last year’s MIJF premiered Tamara Murphy‘s entrancing suite “Big Creatures Little Creatures: The Modular Suite”, performed by Murphy’s Law. Murphy was the 2012 winner of the PBS Young Elder of Jazz Award, which includes $10,000 towards the commissioning and presentation of a new jazz composition.

The aim of the commission is to “provide support for composers at a pivotal point in their career, and to encourage creative flair and distinction in the jazz idiom”. The PBS Young Elder of Jazz Commission is made possible through the support of Mark Newman.

Guitarist/composer Tim Willis is this year’s winner of the award. His band
The End will present Night & Day at Bennett’s Lane at 8pm on Saturday before PBS 106.7FM broadcasts the full work at 9am on Jazz on Saturday hosted by Jim McLeod on 8 June. Tickets are available from Bennetts Lane Jazz Club  or 9663 2856

The End is Tim Willis on guitar, Jon Crompton on alto sax, John Felstead on tenor sax, Gareth Hill on bass and Nick Martyn on drums. The band is known for its original take on jazz-rock.

Night & Day, which will draw on the work of minimalist composers is described as “a study in human emotions” with five movements that “explore emotional transformation and renewal, with subtly interwoven themes acting as a showcase for solo and group improvisation”.

The End has released two albums — the self-titled debut CD and Keep Your Chin Up. The band’s music has been described as being “steeped in the jazz tradition” but bringing “a rock edge that speaks to those who grew up listening to and loving Radiohead and Soundgarden”.

John McBeath, in The Australian, wrote that “This band presents a uniquely satisfying, high energy blend of jazz and rock ideas without subtracting from either genre”. Ron Spain, in Australian Jazz Scene, wrote “If this is the beginning of The End, then one eagerly anticipates the hereafter”.

ROGER MITCHELL

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.

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