2013 Artists

Ish Ish

‘moving, challenging and powerful music’

Ish Ish

“IshIsh are an Australian musical phenomenon.  Their conception is at once unashamedly accessible and highly challenging, while each individual player is a true virtuoso.  While transcendental looseness and abandon abounds, impeccably tight ensemble and intonation is available when this too is required.”  – Music Forum

Steve Grant

exploring harmony and the resonance of the instrument, drawing on jazz forms and blues feel…

Steve Grant

Steve Grant is taking this opportunity to present new original compositions. He will be exploring harmony and the resonance of the instrument, whilst often drawing on more familiar jazz forms and the rhythms and textures of jazz and blues.

Drunken Taxicabs of Absolute Reality: Howl to music by Darrin Archer

Sex, drugs, spirituality! – Howl – Jazz, Improvisation! Music interacting with poetry: “A tragic custard-pie comedy of wild phrasing” (Ginsberg)

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APRA Composer commission winner:

Drunken Taxicabs of Absolute Reality: Howl to music by Darrin Archer
(Howl by Allen Ginsberg)

Warning: this performance contains adults only language and themes.
Allen Ginsberg’s poem Howl can be found at pangloss.com

Darrin Archer at piano

Darrin Archer

Sex, drugs, and spirituality: the journey of the Beatnik. Jazz! Improvisation: The sonic landscape of the journey. Archer’s work realises this sonic landscape, utilising modern composition and improvisation.

Music interacting with poetry: ‘A tragic custard-pie comedy of wild phrasing'(Ginsberg)

Darrin Archer Composer/Piano
Sam Zerna Bass
Danny Fischer Drums
Luke Moller Violin
Julien Wilson Bass Clarinet
Gideon Brazil Tenor Sax
Pat Thiele Trumpet
Maxine Beneba Clarke Spoken word

Scott McConnachie/ Erkki Veltheim/ Ren Walters trio

…an energy and empathy that has been brewing in Melbourne since 2011…

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SERjazz fringeThis group of players reveal an energy and empathy that has been brewing in Melbourne since 2011 amongst a wider collection of musicians, whose activity describes a cross-fertilisation occurring amongst a sprawling web of interested local parties.

This trio’s working process, rather than its resultant sound, is emblematic of a music transparently here and now… and belongs to all of us.

Chris Port’s ‘Mixer’

exploring Beat and Hip-Hop culture through improvisation

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mixer-300Chris Port recently returned to Melbourne after a year working in New York City. He has formed this Australian version of his band to explore Beat and Hip-Hop culture through improvisation.

Mixer regularly collaborates with guest artists to create a spontaneous live show which functions like a DJ set played by a live band.

Chris Port: Drums/Laptop | James Gilligan: Bass/Tape Machine/Effects | Marty Hicks: Piano/Nintendo DS

Mixer draws inspiration from: Kanye West, Ableton Live, Drake, Pro Guitar Shop videos, Flying Lotus, Hudson Mohawke, Aphex Twin, and the Boston Celtics.

Marc Hannaford

a creative, energetic and forward-thinking pianist

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Marc has made himself known in Australia as a creative, energetic and forward-thinking pianist. He is involved in many projects of different kinds, and is a regular performer at many of Australia’s leading venues for improvised music.