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Guy Strazz and Acoustic Wonderland Band
7 April 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm AEST$5 – $30
New Original Music…continues the melding of Jazz, Afro-Latin & South Indian Classical Music
Guy Strazz – Acoustic Wonderland Band Central Coast premiere appearance
Guitar guru, composer and Central Coast Conservatorium Head of Guitar Program, Guy Strazz will reunite with brilliant pianist Matt McMahon following their Australian Indie Recording nomination for the CD “2@1” and the Jazz APRA award for “Mandela”.
They are joined by bassist Craig Scott and drummer Dave Goodman who have graced the stages with musicians such Joe Henderson, Vince Jones, Joe Lovano, and James Morrison.
The Acoustic Wonderland Band (AWB) continues the subtle melding of jazz with Afro-Brazilian samba and bossa nova and Indian classical music; an approach that has seen leader Guy Strazz receive a USA Indie Acoustic Project nomination for his CD “Calcutta Express” and “CD of the Week” on the ABC’s The Planet for “Eastern Blues”.
There are explorations of seemingly simple harmonies leaning towards folk-rock music in new tunes such as the emotive Taj Mahal, an arrangement influenced by Indian music of Miles Davis’ “All Blues” as well as the fire and joy of tunes such as Afro Bouban, and the Riddle – a milestone composition in Australian acoustic jazz fusion (ABC Jazz).
One of Guy’s finest guitar students from the Central Coast Conservatorium, Min Ahn, will also appear in the concert with the Acoustic Wonderland Band! Min is the Pearl Beach scholarship recipient (and People’s Choice Award) as well as the current holder of the Macron Music Jazz Scholarship and the prestigious Allen Family Scholarship.
Join the exciting Acoustic Wonderland Band for their Central Coast debut and be part of this fantastic musical journey!
“So completely are the component parts integrated, providing the players with unique rhythmic and melodic fields upon which to unleash their improvising skills”. — John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald.