2014 opens with a concert by the funky bluesy, gritty, Brendan Gallagher. He’s a little bit country and a little bit rock n roll, and one of our great singer song-witers. Best known as the Karma County front man, Brendo has worked with a myriad of talent from the late great Jimmy Little (Messenger) to Bernie Hayes and Jeremy Oxley (Sunnyboys).
It’s a cracking band: jazz bass maestro Jonathan Zwartz, drum ledgend Rob Souter (Dynamic Hepnotics, Slim Dusty), and young WA guitarist Doug Nairn.
On his latest album Wine Island: “Elegant, warm, without pretension, the material ranges from a powerful deep-blues walk through the standard Baby Please Don’t Go to the beautifully crafted pop of Tonight On the Great Verandah.” Jeff Glorfeld, Sydney Morning Herald
“Wine Island is Brendan Gallagher’s love letter to the rich assortment of musical styles that first inspired him. He’s taken elements from these different styles, mixed them up in his quirky way and recorded them beautifully. It’s a love letter that took decades to write and it’s all the better for those rich years of experience it spent simmering in his musical brain.” Lucky Oceans, ABC RN Daily Planet
8.00 pm, Saturday 8th February, Presbyterian Hall, 160 Macquarie Rd, Springwood. Tickets available 9th January from the Turning Page Bookshop, Springwood, or phone the shop on 4751 5171. $35 and $25 concession
The unexpected change of venues from the hall, next door to the historic, sandstone Presbyterian Church, made a great setting for our first cross media concert.
Louise Curham’s Super 8 films, created for the music were so in sync it was almost unbelievable. Alister’s music is unique and with Lloyd and Toby a band who really know how to Play together in an arc from complex to very beautiful (not that these are exclusive elements) the whole thing was definitely a first for Springwood.
Looking back at the year it’s clear to see that contemporary improvised music is increasingly cross cultural. How brilliant that the highly multicultural land of Australia is able to draw on the cultural heritage of our diverse citizens to make new and very
innovative music. In July, jazz singer Virina Sanzone brought her Sicilian parents heritage, and other Italian music to a concert that she developed with Paul Grabowsky. In a different mood the Egyptian born and very Aussie Joseph Tawadros, his brother James and jazz pianist Matt McMahon played sublime music, with plenty of laughs in between.
.The youthful Vampires, in the age of the internet and travel, infuse their jazz with numerous music influences, Cuba, the Balkans and much more. And we began the year with The Bridge Project a world-folk collaboration by a Turkish Muslim residing in France, an Israeli Jew, and the Australian-Maltese, Blue Mountains based Andy Busuttil. Their project to spread peace through music involved an array of Middle Eastern lutes with sax, clarinet and instruments of Asia Minor. In another first, we featured a dancer, Tamara Taylor who is one of Australia’s leading belly dancers.