The Sydney Conservatorium of Music Percussion Ensemble was founded in 1991 by Daryl Pratt. Members of the ensemble, all percussion students at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, perform a variety of works for percussion ranging from transcriptions to contemporary classical and jazz with an emphasis on works by Australian composers….
Chosen by members of the Australian Jazz Academy, the nominees for the 15 annual Australian Jazz Bell Awards were announced today. Named after the late Australian jazz pioneer, Graeme Bell, ‘The Bells’, are highly regarded within the jazz musician community. The winner in each of the 7 award categories receives $5,000 as well as the much-coveted statuette. The awards will be presented at a gala ceremony at Bird’s Basement on Monday May 15th.
2017 Nominees for Australian Jazz Bell Awards:
Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album
Kristin Bernardi – Michelle Nicolle Quartet – Stu Hunter
Best Australian Instrumental Jazz Album
Andrea Keller & Tim Wilson Duo – Jeremy Rose and the Earshift Orchestra – Stu Hunter
Best Produced Album
Jeremy Rose and The Earshift Orchestra – Stu Hunter – The Vampires
Best Australian Jazz Song Of The Year
Andrea Keller & Tim Wilson Duo – Eugene Ball 4tet – Stu Hunter
Best Australian Jazz Ensemble
Michelle Nicolle Quartet – Stu Hunter – The Vampires
Fresh from his acclaimed performances at Bluesfest, Australian Blues master, acoustic guitarist extraordinaire and Cole Clark Guitars endorsee Lloyd Spiegel is delighted to announce the release of his ninth album ‘This Time Tomorrow’, and is headed on an extensive tour to celebrate.
‘This Time Tomorrow’ was written as Lloyd travelled through Europe, Central and North America and delivers driving rhythms that return Spiegel to his gut bucket blues roots. Shady and colourful characters spread out over continents and decades, through places forgotten and familiar. ‘This Time Tomorrow’ is a return in fine form from an artist at the top of his game, and lead track ‘Devil On My Shoulder’ sets the mood of the album right from the get go.
Says Spiegel of the new songs,
“I’ve never written at home. I find it hard to be creative in my lounge room looking at bills and checking footy scores – and find that the inspiration to write comes from those few quiet hours in a hotel room on tour, the airport transit lounge or the long bus ride. This is where I can reflect and put those experiences into lyric. I’ve travelled most of my life so really, they’re like letters home.”
It’s been a while since Spiegel’s last studio album – 2010’s Tangled Brew – but he’s been far from idle in that time. He’s toured the world relentlessly, launched his own signature model guitars and has cemented his position as a bona fide festival headliner in Australia, with his recent performance at Bluesfest in Byron Bay the cherry on top.
In Australia, Spiegel is approaching icon status among guitar lovers and his 2015 double live album ‘Double Live Set’ won a swag of Australian blues ‘chain awards’, peaking at number 7 in the APRA independent charts.
With European and North American tours under his belt, along with recent showcases at Folk Alliance in Kansas City, the ECMAs in Canada and AMW in Sydney, Spiegel has many years on the road ahead of him.
‘This Time Tomorrow’ is available in stores July 3 through Only Blues Music – with preorder available from May 3.
When British singer, songwriter, guitarist Jane Weaver releases Modern Kosmology on May 19, it will be her 6th solo studio album. Despite largely flying under the radar in Australia, Modern Kosmology may well see the talented psych folk artist emerge from the cracks and reach the wider audience her music so richly deserves.
For those that have followed her detailed career, Jane Weaver is progressive rock in its purest molecular form. Fossilised in ferric, the crystal in the concrete. Magnetic, melodic, folkloric, unapologetic and rhythmic in her discipline. Modern Kosmology is the result of a scientist of popular song gone rogue. Here we find a model student of second-hand Kraut-rock, female punk, hard-subbed new-wave, synthesiser skip-finds and unpronounceable worldly feminine pop who’s finally reached her eureka moment. From science to séance, Modern Kosmology sees Jane Weaver’s melodic-protagonist channeling new depths of creative cosmic energy within. After the huge critical acclaim of 2012’s Fallen By Watchbird, followed by 2015’s exploratory Silver Globe LP winning her unanimous “record of the year accolades” and hefty measures of radio play-listing Jane Weaver’s conceptual trajectory has sent her neo-kosmische penchants to the point of no-return. Flown too far from the nest into a wider vista where brave melodic feminine songwriting meets robust synthesis, brutalist composition and Letterist informed song-structure… this album, for many, might be the post-grad psychedelic pop album they never thought would happen.
Australian Musician is delighted to premiere this behind the scenes video of the making of Modern Kosmology, which is released on Fire Records on May 19.
Michael from Engadine Music checks out the Roland TD-4KP Ultra-portable mobile drum kit with renowned V-Drums sound & innovative folding design Sound Module, loaded with expressive sounds, coach & quick record/ play functions & more. Eight Pads Total: Kick, Snare, Toms x 3, Hi-Hat, Crash & Ride Cymbals; FD-8 Hi-Hat…
Respected Melbourne-based drummer Gerry Pantazis presents part 2 of his lesson on drum dynamics. Gerry has performed and/or recorded with artists including Tommy Emmanuel, Larry Carlton, Guy Sebastian, Anthony Callea, David Campbell, Olivia Newton John, Stylus, The Seekers, Roachford (UK) and more He is currently a long serving member of…
Piano fiend and enigmatic genius singer-songwriter, Hue Blanes, PBS Young Elder of Jazz 2017 and 2017 Green Room multiple nominee, has recently released his new single, ‘Fernando’ and sophomore album, ‘Holiday’ – a darkly wonderful song cycle full of modern poetry. Ahead of his Melbourne International Jazz Festival appearances, Hue took…
Sydney Drum & Percussion Show artist Lozz Benson has just released a new track with her rockabilly and blues trio That Red Head. It’s a punk-infused anthem titled ‘Gotta Be A Man’. Powered by Lozz Benson’s propulsive drums and fierce vocals, the relentless single is a musical manifestation of Benson’s…
Dapper rockabilly drum legend Slim Jim Phantom, who made his name playing train-like shuffles and contagious punk beats with The Stray Cats is touring Australia with his trio in May and has added a Sydney Drum & Percussion Show meet & greet session to the end of his tour. Since…
An unexpected but welcome interview subject at Bluesfest 2017 was The Rolling Stones’ bass player Darryl Jones, who was at the festival as part of the Miles Electric Band. AM’s Greg Phillips spoke with Darryl backstage prior to the Miles Electric Band’s final Bluesfest appearance, where we discussed his love…