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Issued Friday, 18 August 2006

SIMA, JAZZGROOVE & THE STUDIO AT SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE PRESENT
JAZZ:NOW

There’s more to jazz than Kenny G

Want to know who’s hot in the jazz scene right NOW? The third annual JAZZ:NOW festival returns to The Studio in September with four nights of double bills. Serving up a cross section of jazz grooves from a stellar line-up some of the most cutting edge jazz musicians from Australia and overseas.

From blends of acoustic and electronic, to pure unaltered jazz, this eclectic mix of musicians are united by their search for new music horizons. Take your seat and enjoy four delicious nights of local, interstate and international jazz.

“(Jazz:NOW is) a powerful indication that improvised music is thriving in this country.”
Drum Media

PROGRAM

Wed 20 September

ARON OTTIGNON TRIO
ARON OTTIGNON PIANO | LLOYD SWANTON ACCOUSTIC BASS| FELIX BLOXSOM DRUMS

Hailed as ‘one of the new jazz stars for the new millennium’ (Observer Music Magazine, UK), 2003 Young Australian Jazz Musician of the Year, Aron Ottignon, returns from London to lead the Aaron Ottignon Trio.

ELIXIR
KATIE NOONAN VOCALS & KEYBOARD | ISAAC HURREN TENOR SAXOPHONE | STEVE MAGNUSSON GUITAR

Performing what will be their only show in 2006, jazz-folk trio Elixir feature a combination of the vocal delights of Katie Noonan, the soulful tones of Isaac Hurren’s tenor saxophone and the new addition of the beautiful sound sculpture of Steve Magnusson’s guitar.

Thur 21 September

BARLOW/MCKENNA DUO
DALE BARLOW SAXOPHONE | STEVE MCKENNA ELECTRIC GUITAR

One of Australia’s most accomplished and recognised jazz artists, Dale Barlow, teams with guitarist Steve McKenna for a duo project which makes its debut at Jazz:NOW. A must hear for fans of both artists!

MATT MCMAHON’S ‘PATHS & STREAMS’ PROJECT
MATT MCMAHON PIANO | PHIL SLATER TRUMPET | BRETT HIRST BASS | SIMON BARKER DRUMS | HUY NGUYEN VIOLIN | MICHELE O’YOUNG VIOLIN | LEAH ZWECK VIOLA | ANDREW HINES CELLO

Multi award-winning pianist Matt McMahon launches his debut album Paths and Streams. With an outstanding line-up of musicians, McMahon’s album features the compositions of Peter Sculthorpe, Phil Slater, Robyne Dunn, Vince Jones, Michael McMahon, Mike Nock and other musicians who have figured heavily in his performing life.

Fri 22 September

GERARD MASTERS’ FINN BROS PROJECT
GERARD MASTERS PIANO | JONATHAN ZWARTZ BASS | HAMISH STUART DRUMS | VIRNA SANZONE VOCALS | AARON FLOWER GUITAR

One of Sydney’s foremost young jazz pianist and composers, Gerard Masters will present his Finn Brothers project, featuring new interpretations of pop classics by Tim and Neil Finn.

“Masters is an imaginative deconstructionist …the room was electrified by the sense that anything could happen.” Sydney Morning Herald

ARONAS
ARON OTTIGNON PIANO | DAVE SYMES ELECTRIC BASS | JOSH GREEN PERCUSSION | EVAN MANNELL DRUMS

Drawing on strong influences from rock, soul, electronica and funk, ARONAS’ punk-jazz sound is an explosive combination of live dance, jazz and South Pacific-inspired grooves.

“Ottignon is potentially one of the finest pianists in jazz …Not only is he a stunning player, but he’s a stunningly original player …” Observer Music Monthly Magazine, UK

Sat 23 September

TIM O’DWYER TRIO
TIM O’DWYER SAXOPHONES | CLAYTON THOMAS BASS & PERCUSSION | DARREN MOORE DRUMS

Fiery Australian alto-saxophonist Tim O’Dwyer, leads his trio in what will be an eagerly anticipated concert of energetic, provocative and mind-blowing music. Considered one of Australia's most innovative and accomplished saxophone player/composers, O’Dwyer has performed and recorded with some of Australia’s most progressive musicians, dancers, music ensembles and theatre groups.

JAPAN AUSTRALIA JAZZ ORCHESTRA
MAKOTO KURIYA PIANO | KEN OTA SAXOPHONE | KOICHI OSAMU BASS | HIROMITSU AGATSUMA SHAMISEN | CAMERON DEYELL CREATIVE DIRECTOR + GUITAR | MATT KEEGAN TENOR SAXOPHONE | PHIL SLATER TRUMPET | SIMON BARKER DRUMS + PERCUSSION

Fresh from touring Japan this collaborative eight-piece jazz orchestra will cross linguistic and cultural barriers through the shared language of music. Developed to celebrate 50 years of cultural contacts between Japan and Australia.

Season Details: JAZZ:NOW
Dates:
Wed 20 to Sat 23 September @ 8.15pm
Venue: The Studio
Tickets: $25/$30 for each night

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