In a brand-new collaboration, award-winning trio Kristin Berardi (voice), SeanForan (piano) and Rafael Karlen (saxophone) present a suite of new music with guest artist Pascal Schumacher. Occupying a place between European folk, modern jazz and 21st Century classical, this intensely intimate performance will combine Berardi's sublime melodic improvising, Foran's harmonic sensitivity, Karlen's rhythmic inventiveness and Schumacher’s flamboyant panache to explore new sonic territory.
Andrew Butt Trio + will perform works from their 2017 release Blueberry Ash. The Queensland Music Award nominated album is comprised of themes inspired by Brisbane and its surrounds featuring prominent members of Queensland’s jazz community.
A “breathtakingly beautiful” new voice in contemporary music (Downbeat Magazine), vocalist/composer Kavita Shah has been praised by NPR for her “amazing dexterity for musical languages.” A native New Yorker of Indian origin fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, and French, Shah incorporates in-depth knowledge of diverse cultural traditions into her jazz-based repertoire, placing eclectic songs, instruments, and artists in dialogue with one another.
Tigran Hamasyan one of the most remarkable pianists of his generation. With virtuosic skill he weaves a startling mix of jazz, rock, minimalist and electronic elements with the rich folkloric music of his native Armenia, strengthened by powerful improvisations fused with heavy grooves.
Peedu Kass Momentum is a piano trio led by the Estonian bassist Peedu Kass. The style of this ensemble is contemporary piano trio music, with adventurous rhythms, a clear sound and a dashing stage performance. Peedu is a sought-after sideman and a prolific musician in the European jazz scene.
The Toby Wren Trio returns after an extended break with their most exciting and compelling release to date, Black Mountain.
"He's got Rhythm of every variety" " trickles of rhythm seeping into all the cracks and at regular intervals he changes the rhythm, pouring it out or stoppering it, turning its emphasis around, subdividing or refocusing it and making it follow the melody."
--Ben Ratliff New York Times
Ingrid James and Louise Denson’s Wild Silk Strings Project is a 9-piece ensemble that explores the intersection between the worlds of jazz and classical music. They present a rich repertoire including originals, lesser-known standards from the jazz and Brazilian songbooks, and unique arrangements of classic songs from the ‘70s.
Denson/Baartz Quartet features the superb line-up of three acclaimed Australia jazz women alto saxophonist Martha Baartz, pianist Louise Denson and double bassist Helen Russell. Together with maestro drummer Paul Hudson this inspiring quartet features beautifully crafted new works by Baartz and Canadian born Denson covering a diverse range of styles from tango, bolero and ballads, to fast swing and samba.