Drawing on the rich repertoire of Brazilian Choro, Sexteto Zona Sul is a Melbourne combo put together by Doug de Vries, a leading exponent of this mostly instrumental music. Featuring classic compositions by Jacob do Bandolim, Pixinguinha and new original works in an ever expanding genre that combines polka and samba with virtuosity and ingenuity.
Doug de Vries – mandolin
Asha Henfry – flute
Adam May – cavaquinho
Ken Murray – guitar
Julian Scheffer – 7 – string guitar
Al Kerr – pandeiro
Bassist Howard Cairns together with Adam Simmons playing – Slowly Disappearing – from the album Compression. The album was recorded live at the Kelvin club with his Quintet and is available on iTunes. The videos were shot back at the same venue during the album launch.
Fran Swinn’s composition – Inform – for Jazz quartet and acrobat, featuring Eugene Ball – trumpet, Fran Swinn – guitar, Tamara Murphy – double bass, Ben Hendry – drums and Rockie Stone – acrobatics/aerials. Inform is a collection of short pieces written with the rhythm and form of the various circus apparatus in mind and performed with a focus on interaction and improvisation, thus creating an ensemble of five. This clip is of the final chair stack with drummer Ben Hendry assisting. Sound recording by Myles Mumford. Video by Leo Dale.
Grounded in the traditions of Indian, Javanese and Western classical music Fine Blue Thread are Ria Soemardjo – Voice, Sam Evans – Tabla, Helen Mountfort – Cello. Here they are playing at the Quiet Music Festival
Leo Dale – playing solo alto flute in the Musing Studio, where the public draw the musician, at the Quiet Music Festival. Its a free improvisation in an Indian classical / jazz fusion style. The scale used is G lydian ( like G major scale with a raised 4th C# ) In a post modern twist, he is using a digital tamboura from an iphone app that he bought. The alto flute is part of the flute family, a lower larger version of the soprano flute or orchestral flute (commonly known as “the flute”) The alto flute often features in nature documentaries.
Saltwater Sax at the Paris Cat playing a tune – Walking in the Moonlight – by Martha Baartz (on alto). In the group she plays with Tony Hicks on tenor, Leo Dale on alto and Paul Williamson on baritone. On this occasion they also appeared with Sonja Horbelt on drums.
Tony Hicks (on tenor, far left – playing the first solo) is going to do a post next week focussing on articulation – stay tuned