Recent history

I’m proud to have been part of John Scurry’s (of Red Onions fame) debut release as leader. It’s choc-o-block full of John’s inimitable compositions, beautifully recorded by Phil Noy, and simply a gorgeous album to-boot: Post Matinee has been getting great reviews, and you can get your mitts on it here.

In 2007 I toured and recorded with Danish saxophonist Jakob Dinesen, Danish Bassist Guffi Pallesen, and Australian drummer Rajiv Jayaweera. Ten years later, we finally released the album! You can get Good Onions here.

Soon to be history

In the early ‘90s Maceo Parker’s album Roots Revisited was on high rotation in my house(s). Now I get to play with him! The gig is with The Meltdown for the Melbourne International Jazz Festival. Stoked.

I’m off to the Adelaide Cabaret Festival later in June to play with Ali McGregor on her fabulous show The Peruvian Songbird; the life and times of Mambo queen, Yma Sumac.

My dear Claypots compadres, Margie Lou Dyer, Hayley Miro, Howard Cairns, Cam Robbins and I are launching our first album, Old Diggers Picnic, on June 10 at Claypots in St. Kilda. There is talk that Paul Kelly and Tim Rogers (both dyed-in-the- wool fans of the band) will be guesting!

I’m soon to become a published academic (!) when a paper that I co-authored with Paul Williamson and Emily Wilson on is published in the International Journal of Music Education.

The not too distant future

Speaking of writing, but in the much more familiar medium of notes, Andrew Murray has kindly asked me to write a piece for his big band, the ATM 15. It’ll be premiered at the Jazzlab later this year.

I’m still excited to be chipping away at writing a series of pieces for string orchestra and me. The pieces deal with four sets of brand-new materials that I’ve developed over the last few years, including ways in which orchestral string instruments can be ‘prepared’, in the John Cage-ian sense of the work. Here’s a few snippets of some of these forms of preparation in action!

Violent interruptions
Log drum
Dyad to noise
Ring modulator

Finally, the Five Bells, the continuing legacy of the Allan Browne Quintet, are close to recording our latest repertoire, comprised of pieces inspired by Al’s unpublished poems. Below is a video of one of my tunes, Wire. Keep your ear peeled for the album!