Jan
30
2013

MIKE NOCK PROJECT

Martenitsa

Sound Lounge, December 1  Jazz composition exists to create stimulating improvising opportunities, and therefore an extended piece should offer a shifting landscape of improvisational areas. The composition becomes an enticing itinerary, with activities at each destination varying considerably on each trip.  For Mike Nock’s hour-long Suite SIMA (commissioned by the Sydney Improvised Music Association) this […]

Jan
28
2013

BANDALUZIA FLAMENCO

Damian Wright and Jessica Statham

Clarendon Guesthouse, January 27. Just as each flashing turn of a flamenco dancer reveals another facial expression or a fresh splash of coloured skirt, so nearly every appearance by Bandaluzia Flamenco seems to reveal new performers. This time the core troupe was joined by dancer Francesca “La Chica” Grima and percussionist Andre Vujicic from Seville. […]

Jan
28
2013

Paul Motian CD

910 200-2.Front

On Broadway (W&W/Birdland) Each of these five albums shone when it appeared. Now assembled into a set they represent the pinnacle of the last 25 years of US jazz.  For at least a decade before Paul Motian’s death in 2011 the great drummer/composer/band-leader was the beacon for what jazz could be in its post-free, post-fusion […]