Climate of fear; fear of climate
Canberra Jazz blog
by Unknown
3h ago
We all know climate is changing and it's a big political issue and it's been denied by many in our political classes for matter s of mates' interests or dumb culture wars.  We hear of the lost weekends and the utes for the tradies and the rest.  No mention of the alternative, the tipping points or the unliveable temperatures or the melted arctics or the lost ocean circulations or the ..read more
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Fringed
Canberra Jazz blog
by Unknown
1d ago
I've been in Adelaide to visit family for the last week and the Festival Fringe was on but we didn't go this year and no jazz otherwise so I was relieved to hear strains of Mozart at the Airport as I was waiting for the return flight.  It was his Turkish March.  Then I chatted with the family and got an encore of JVKE Golden Hour.  Both on a baby grand made available for the public ..read more
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It's all music
Canberra Jazz blog
by Unknown
1w ago
There's a saying that it's all music and I concur and I've had a few examples here recently.  First up was SoundOut with its experimental music and free jazz.  Another was the first Wesley lunchtime gig of 2024, cellist William Jack.  He's trained at the Sydney Con and in Vienna and now resident in London, but a product of Adelaide so we see him on tour on a family visit.&nbsp ..read more
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Sober on Bacchanalia
Canberra Jazz blog
by Unknown
2w ago
There are a string of musical communities in Canberra and I've touched on just a few in these pages but it can be eye-opening to visit others.  I remember playing with the Cashews and how overwhelmed I was, and that was a group I'd heard of but not heard.  So the opportunity to visit the organisers of one community was revelatory.  Shortis and Simpson were running one of their ..read more
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SoundOut 2024 / 6
Canberra Jazz blog
by Unknown
2w ago
I was mostly busy on Sunday but couldn't miss the first performance which was my final: two basses and guitar, Clayton Thomas, Helen Svoboda and Jean-Sebastian Mariage.  I've been mightily impressed and often intrigued by the playing of all these three over this festival.  They were in the smaller room, having starting early so they were playing when audience entered.  Lots ..read more
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SoundOut 2024 / 5
Canberra Jazz blog
by Unknown
2w ago
Then the second half of Saturday session 2.  First up an interesting session perhaps led by Jim Denley.  Unlike others, this was a series of "tunes", each with a theme or approach, seemingly prepared to be led by one or other performer.  It had me wondering if this was a CD launch!  Performers were Elizabeth Jigalin, Helen Svoboda, Jean-Sebastien Mariage, Jim Denley and ..read more
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SoundOut 2024 / 4
Canberra Jazz blog
by Unknown
3w ago
I feel more informed in this SoundOut festival and maybe understand it better.  I peruse the program and realise (I think I'm correct) that day 1 has the performers playing in their normal combinations and later session mix and match for more new combinations.  And like people who have played together for a time, you see the comfort of the known and the challenge of the new.  All ..read more
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SoundOut 2024 / 2
Canberra Jazz blog
by Unknown
3w ago
There were three more acts during the SoundOut Friday night session.  First was a very quirky outing with three performers playing occasional trumpet and flute but mostly various kids' toys.  All rattles and noises and shakers and whistles.  Backing this was a multimedia-cum-live drawing session projected behind.   The falling conga line of penguins was perhaps the peak ..read more
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SoundOut 2024 / 1
Canberra Jazz blog
by Unknown
3w ago
Richard Johnson's SoundOut festival is back for its 15th incarnation.  It's presumably well known in these pages as an experimental and free jazz festival featuring Canberrans, Australians and a spattering of internationals.  And for that matter, sadly, just a spattering of audience.  This is not the most popular musical style: eclectic and authentic, yes, but popularity limited.& ..read more
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Musing
Canberra Jazz blog
by Unknown
3w ago
We had a great gig at Molly a few nights back before my Internet died but they all seem that way these days.   Tilt was booked but Dave couldn't play so Mark sat in.  We chatted in the breaks.  Me talking of recent musical discoveries (Domi & JD Beck, Knower) and how they were clear influences of a few gigs I saw in Germany and how jazzers are so often crossing over with ..read more
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