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Ephemera Trio + Alister Spence
7 April 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm AEST
Tickets: Adult $30 | Conc $25
‘Spence has that priceless gift of always leaving you wanting more’ Stuart Nicholson Jazzwise Magazine, UK
Pianist and composer Alister Spence is acknowledged as a significant contributor to contemporary original jazz and improvised music in Australia. The Alister Spence Trio with Lloyd Swanton (the Necks) and Toby Hall (ex Mike Nock trio) has enjoyed critical acclaim both nationally and internationally, being nominated twice for Best Australian Jazz Album at the ARIA Awards (2004/2007). The trio’s most recent CD, Not Everything but Enough was voted in ‘Top 10 Jazz Albums 2017’ in Music Magazine, Japan, and also received an ‘Honorary Mention, Best of 2017’ in the New York City Jazz Record. He is also a founding member of ARIA Award winning bands Clarion Fracture Zone and Wanderlust (Best Australian Jazz Album 1990 and 1993) and The Australian Art Orchestra.
Alister has toured extensively over the last 25 years, performing at major festivals and clubs in Australia, and also in countries such as U.S.A., Canada, Japan, U.K, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, France, Italy, Spain, Finland, Russia, India, China and Taiwan.
“Arresting, genre-blurring..Disquieting music with massive breadth and high drama.” John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald
Ephemera Trio: a musical exploration of celestial landscapes such as pulsars, craters, planetary atmospheres, stars, sun and void. Merging the sound worlds of jazz and contemporary classical, and set to real space sounds, it is an original sonic experience. The ensemble is led by Keyna Wilkins (piano/flute/compositions) with Elsen Price (double bass/loop pedal) and Will Gilbert (trumpet) and includes freely improvised pieces. NASA recordings of electromagnetic waves from planets and stars is the backdrop soundtrack and has been complied by astronomer Professor Paul Francis often with projections of space probe footage. Each member brings their own unique voice to the ensemble drawing from a multitude of musical backgrounds. Elsen is a new music specialist, Will is a jazz trumpeter and Keyna is a jazz/classical/flamenco musician and composer, who combine to create a distinctive sound world that organically react to stellar concepts. Universe and Universality. Formed in 2015, this trio have had a series of successful shows around Sydney including being featured in the Sydney International Womens’ Jazz Festival 2017.