Things are moving along again after an extended and lovely holiday on the other side of the world over the winter.
I'm delighted to say that Pablo's Cocktails and Dreams, Hobart's premiere jazz venue, has an acoustic piano now - one of many rooms in the city that offer this asset. Had a lovely gig with Tom Robb (dr) and Seb Folvig (bs) on Sept 17, and will look forward to future dates there.
Acclaimed pianist Alex Raineri is premiering a composition I wrote last year at the Brisbane Music Festival this week.
Une évolution is a 5-movement suite musically depicting the process of wrestling with a problem and eventually coming to accept that there actually may not be a solution.... I am so thrilled that a proper classical pianist is going to play it - can't wait to hear it!
It's official - I have been commissioned by the Clarence Jazz Festival to write a 30-min work for 10 musicians, to be premiered at the festival in February next year. I am working with researcher/writer Nunami Sculthorpe-Green who is developing a text based on the history of the Aboriginal people on the east side of the Derwent river, in Clarence shire. The brain child of festival directors Stevie McEntee and Bek Varcoe and supported by Festivals Australia, this is a wonderful opportunity for me to work with more of Hobart's many high level musicians, and to deepen my knowledge of the history and culture of my adopted home.