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2007 Media Release - Jazz:NOW

Issued Monday, 13 August 2007 


Discover what’s hot and happening in today’s world of improvised and original music with the fourth series of Jazz:NOW concerts. The Studio once again plays home to the annual celebration of contemporary music with a stellar line-up of performers restlessly searching for new musical horizons.

In 2007, a selection of the finest Australian and international musicians will draw from the rich past of jazz to create music that is marked by the sounds of what’s in the air now. Open to new sounds and configurations, rock, pop and dance rhythms, these bands push at the borders of contemporary music.

The series begins with the honest and energetic Divine Dialects, led by young up-and-coming Sydney bassist, Mike Majkowski. Explore the sublime textures and extended forms of this six-piece band before the full-bodied big band sounds of The Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra. Twice nominated for Australian Jazz Ensemble of the Year in 2007 and 2006, think Ellington or Basie with a nouveau Australian twist.

Next, enjoy the ‘big bad wolf’ sound of the jazz world with the four double basses of Cameron Undy’s Low Fidelity as well as the tuned metallic resonances and ambient texture of Showa 44 featuring Sydney jazz stars, guitarist Carl Dewhurst and drummer Simon Barker. Winner of the 2007 MCA Freedman Fellowship for Jazz and best vocalist at Montreaux 2006, Kristin Berardi, will be joined by international jazz enigma Mike Nock and a four-piece band in a festival highlight.

New York émigré Phillip Johnston joins Sydney’s best-loved saxophonists for SNAP, a chamber group championing new jazz and classical quartet music while Trio Apoplectic have risen from the ranks to represent a unique voice in the local jazz landscape. Phil Slater is a national figurehead for Australian jazz. Blazing a brilliant trail with masterfully executed sounds, his quartet is set to astound.

To finish the festival, the Tom O’Halloran Trio will seduce and capture the hearts of Sydneysiders with a feast of rippling melodies before Germany’s hottest young jazz outfit, Shreefpunk, take to the stage led by award-winning composer and trumpeter Matthias Schriefl. A major drawcard in his first ever tour to Australia, Schriefel is a soloist with the Cologne Contemporary Jazz Orchestra and the European Jazz Ensemble.

Jazz:NOW is Australia’s largest boutique jazz festival, growing annually and continuing to give Australian audiences the unique opportunity to experience the latest in contemporary jazz and improvised music.

Wednesday 19 September: Divine Dialects and The Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra
Thursday 20 September: Low Fidelity, Showa 44 and The Kristin Berardi Band
Friday 21 September: SNAP, Trio Apoplectic and Phil Slater Quartet
Saturday 22 September: Tom O’Halloran Trio and Matthias Schriefl & Shreefpunk

Dates/Times:Wednesday 19 to Saturday 22 September at 8.15pm.
Venue: The Studio
Tickets: Individual tickets $35 or $25 concession. Season tickets $120 or $80 concession.
Bookings: (02) 9250 7777 or online at
Duration: 60 minutes


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