September/ October News

 

Earlier this year my piece Intrusions was nominated for an APRA Art Music Award. Turns out I didn't bring home the bacon (sincere congrats to Tom Halloran), but I sure was stoked to be considered!

Geoff Hughes, Nick Haywood, Phil Noy and I are continuing the work of the Allan Browne Quintet under the moniker Five Bells. We've a monthly residency at the Jazzlab in Brunswick, and, keeping with the literary theme established by the quintet, are writing new works in response to Al's poetry. Pop in October 3 or November 1 (last two gigs for the year).

I'm excited to be involved in the release of two new albums in the near future: John Scurry's Reverse Swing is about to release Post Matinee (all John's compositions), and Margie Lou Dyer is soon to release Old Digger's Picnic, featuring the disturbingly terrific Hayley Miro Browne on washboard.

Soul/ hip hop artist Cati Baker is due to release her debut album Zinc early in October. I had the great pleasure of developing and recording horn parts for this over the past year with Michael Honan, and I'm chuffed with the results. Watch a clip here.

As part of a series of Wednesday night gigs at the Jazzlab curated by Paul Grabowsky, I'm really looking forward to playing one of my mentors, Miroslav Bukovsky. We'll be assembling a ten-piece band to play a collection of his works for Ten Part Invention, and some of mine that were written for the Bennetts Lane Big Band. Hilariously, we get to call the band MiroBall!

Eugene Ball 4tet debut release out now!

After years of working on others’ projects, Eugene has finally assembled his own ensemble, the Eugene Ball 4tet, and they are about to independently release their debut album, Hi(gh) Curious. The album is now available as a CD and a digital download from Bandcamp.

Joining Eugene in the 4tet are James Macaulay on trombone, James McLean on drums and Mick Meagher on electric bass. The album was recorded by saxophonist, Phil Noy. Hi(gh) Curious features Eugene’s compositions as well as his unique arrangements of lesser-known standards.

“…one of the most startling jazz records, unified yet diverse, that I have heard for some time” - John Clare, musictrust.com.au, February 2016

Visit Soundcloud for a preview.

Eugene Ball

Photo by Natasha Blankfield