The Vampires’ Australia Tour

by Jeremy on February 8, 2018

The Vampires National Tour

The Vampires are touring Australia this March and will be reunited with our bassist Alex Boneham, who has been living in Los Angeles for the past few years. Check out the tour dates below.

In case you missed it, ‘The Vampires Meet Lionel Loueke’ was short-listed for this year’s Australian Music Prize, the first instrumental album to be on the list in its 13 year history.The AMP Chairman and lead singer of the Hoodoo Gurus, David Faulkner wrote in a recent review in the Saturday Paper: 

“One of my favourite albums of the year was a jazz recording… Its beautifully constructed melody sounded so classic, so perfect, that it had already become deeply ingrained in my memory. Of course, I have been listening to this album a lot. This one’s a real winner.”

The winner of the AMP will be announced on Friday 9th March

The album was also in Ken Weiss’ top 10 listings for 2017 in Cadence Magazine, and #1 on Fred Kunzmann’s top 10 list for 2017 in All About Jazz.

The album, along with the other Vampires catalogue and songbooks, can be purchased here.

MARCH 2018 AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES:

Friday 2nd March
LAWSON, The Mechanics Institute NSW

Saturday 3rd March
CANBERRA Smiths Alternative ACT, 7pm

Sunday 4th March
MURRAH Murrah Hall, NSW, 3pm

Friday 16th March
WOLLONGONG Wollongong Conservatorium of Music NSW, 7pm

Saturday 17th March
SYDNEY Venue 505 NSW, 8:30pm

Sunday 18th March
MELBOURNE The Jazzlab (Melbourne Jazz Co-op) VIC, 8:30pm

Monday 19th March
ADELAIDE The Wheatsheaf Hotel (COMA) SA, 7:30pm

Wednesday 21st March
MOUNT GAMBIER Morrison’s Jazz Club SA, 8pm

Thursday 22nd March
BRISBANE JMI Live QLD, 8pm

Friday 23rd March
CAIRNS Tanks Arts Centre QLD, 7:30pm

Saturday 24th March
COFFS HARBOUR Jetty Theatre NSW, 8pm

Sunday 25th March
BYRON BAY Byron Theatre, NSW, 5pm, $10-23.

*March 2-4: Brett Hirst, replaces Alex Boneham
Canberra, Murrah and Brisbane will feature Ben Hauptmann, guitar

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body

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Art OMI Music Residency 2017

by Jeremy on September 7, 2017

Last month I was fortunate enough to participate in a 17 day residency at Art OMI, an arts centre in Ghent, New York, with a dozen musician from all over the world. The purpose of the residency was to collaborate, share ideas and create new ways to engage each other’s musical backgrounds. We had several performances, one at Hudson’s Basilica, a live recording on WGXC Radio, and a finale concert at Art OMI’s sculpture garden. I made some great new friends and left feeling inspired, enriched and hopeful to create some exciting new collaborations in the future.

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The residency was curated and co-ordinated by Jeffrey Lependorf, a composer and master shakuhachi player. Jeffrey often described the residency as an ‘experiment’ where they chose a dozen wildly different people from around the world and threw them together to see what would happen (it actually sounds like the start of a reality TV show doesn’t it?). Fortunately this year’s cohort was well suited to each other and the combinations of musical and cultural backgrounds was such that we had plenty to offer each other. Take a look at the calibre and range of musicians here.

The second day included a musical ‘speed dating’ session where we were put into combos of four musicians for 30 minutes before rotating. This was a great way to be exposed to each other’s musical personalities and break the surface through free improvisation. At the conclusion of the day Jeffrey surprised us with news that we would be performing a concert the following day through a similar lottery of ensemble combinations at Hudson’s Basilica,  pulling names out of a hat. Another excursion during the residency was to participate in a live recording on WGXC Radio, which you can listen to it here.

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Besides these activities we were given carte blanche use our time most effectively; recording sessions, self-run workshops, free jamming and visiting the sculpture garden. One workshop given by kamanche virtuoso Farzin Dehghan, discussed the history of the Persian Radif (traditional music repertoire) and the tuning of the Dustgah (modes). Farzin and I enjoyed playing together throughout the workshop, challenging myself to match his tuning and phrasing on my saxophone using quarter tone fingerings. Following a game of John Zorn’s Cobra, Farzin was later inspired to write a piece of his own using cues to various rhythmic material, solos, duos and group improvisaiton.

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Another workshop was conducted by Taiwanese born US based composer/pianist Yuan-chen Li on her traditional instrument the guqin, a seven string plucked zither. It was interesting to explore the limitations and possibilities of the instrument for compositional possibilities, including various tunings of the strings, alternate bowing, plucking and other preparations to manipulate sounds. I worked regularly with Yuan throughout the residency in a trio with Italian electronic artist Alberto Novella, including several late night recording sessions in the barn. I also performed a new work by Yuan-chen for myself on bass clarinet/soprano saxophone, and herself on piano. The piece used a canon in an semi improvised/composed work that utilised an ear training exercise as the starting point. It was a challenge to depend upon our ears to realise the composition, especially when your musical partner has perfect pitch (and I have relative pitch, albeit ‘relatively’ good).

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For my final concert I formed an ensemble featuring cigar box guitar, native Indian flute, bass clarinet/alto saxophone, electric bass and kamanche. After several workshops with the group I composed and improvised piece utilised each instruments in various ways to feature some of their strengths, including Persian scales, a rhythmic exchange between bass clarinet/flute, and a cigar box guitar solo.

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Before commencing the residency I was told not to have any expectations and come with an open mind, geared with my own musical experience and creativity. This served me well, as I used different skills to engage each diverse musical individual and tradition. I was particularly inspired by the Persian music and have sought out some further study here in Australia. I recorded a lot of the music at the residency, including some solo performances and collaborations with other fellows, I hope to share some of it soon.

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For anyone thinking of attending a similar residency, I would simply encourage you to engage every opportunity at the residency and have the courage to share some of your musical and culture with others.

Special thanks to Jeffrey Lependorf and the Australia Council of the Arts for supporting Australian musicians to attend Art OMI.

photo credit: Ailís Ní Ríain 

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Guest with Sydney Con’s Modern Music Ensemble

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