Fern Tree comes from my new solo album Family Portraits. A collection of 11 solo piano pieces dedicated to my ancestors and loved ones. An aural family tree, created from a desire to preserve the little that is known for my future generations. The pieces capture the love, humour and sadness of a small and geographically disparate family.
Composed and performed by Andrea Keller on solo piano using the Boss RC50 loop station, Line 6 delay pedal and preparations. Family Portraits was created as part of Keller’s two-year Australia Council Fellowship program (2010-2012).
Four of the tracks were recorded live in concert at the Melbourne Recital Centre in the Salon on February 10, 2012. The remaining seven tracks were recorded at the same venue on June 18, 2012.
Recorded by Jim Atkins
Mixed by Jim Atkins & Joe Talia
Mastered by Philip Rex at Paper Mache Studio
Video by Leo Dale http://thirdeyevideos.com
“Her work is always lit brightly by the spark of originality.” Roger Mitchell, 2012.
“Pianist Andrea Keller is a major talent on the thriving Australian scene… Apart from being an outstanding piano player, Keller has the gift for writing totally distinctive and engaging compositions.” Bev Stapleton, AllAboutJazz.com, 2006.
Guitarist Lucas Michailidis details his unique triadic approach to comping and improvisation. Included is a comprehensive guide to all triad inversions along with how these can be superimposed to generate a range of extended chords and alternative possibilities.
Armando Ornano improvising on Raga Marwa, which is played in the twilight hours during sunset. The mood of this raga is melancholy, reflection and deep calm. Armando has been studying North Indian classical music since 1993 with the late Pandit Sreekant Misra from Benares on Pakawaji (drum) and with Harsh Wardhan from Delhi Bansuri (indian flute). Recorded by Leo Dale at Third Eye studios in September 2012.
Doug de Vries gives a lesson on how to doubble your chord output when playing jazz on the guitar. Using the standard “All the things you are” he quickly demonstrates how to add interest and contrast to your accompaniment using this simple technique.
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.
Tim Nikolsky demonstrates how to do Walking Basslines on Guitar. Tim has been performing with the vocalist Margot Leighton for the past 13 years and has developed a unique style of playing in this musical duo incorporating the whole rhythm section on guitar. The technique of walking bass on guitar is also a great way to accompany other instrumentalists and soloists. Here he demonstrates the secrets of good accompanying on guitar; and breaks down his approach to walking basslines on guitar – step by step.