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.
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.
In a world that goes from 0 to 60 in 2 seconds, Leo Dale joins forces with some of Australia’s finest musicians – Ray Pereira, Doug de Vries and Zvi Belling to sing about the pace of change. On a bed of Afro Brazilian rhythm.
Paul Williamson explains the uses of bebop scales in jazz improvisation. In this video, Paul’s first post for Digital Pill, he describes the construction of bebop scales, jazz articulation, the use of a metronome and how bebop scales place the chord tones firmly ON the beat to create an “inside” sound in improvisation. The video together with the pdf download explain the uses of bebop scales over major, dominant and minor scales.
Dave Evans explains the uses of the accordion bellows shake. In this video, Dave describes the uses of the double and triple bellows shake in jazz, zydeco and cabaret music. He includes detailed instructions about how to perform the shake as well as techniques for adding accents to play with the rhythmic aspects of accordion.
Listen to Dave’s music here
Dave playing with the Band Who Knew Too Much on myspace