This series of Wednesday gigs will feature Rob Burke (Sax) and legendary jazz pianist Tony Gould with long time members of the quartet, Tony Floyd (drum-kit) and Nick Haywood (bass). Each night will be recorded for a new CD to be released through Jazzhead, which will the second of a series of Cds – the first titled Live at Bennetts Lane (2011). Live recording is an important element of the group’s development as it is a true example of empathy and aesthetic; something that a recording and editing/mixing in a studio can colour.
New compositions from the ensemble will be premiered along with reworked compositions of others. The music is predominantly improvised with a strong jazz and world music tradition. Significantly, the song structures are manipulated and deconstructed; very much in the moment with a focus on melodic and rhythmic beauty.
All four members of the quartet are well known individually but together are one of the country’s leading quartets having performed together for over 20 years at festivals and jazz venues, touring nationally and internationally. The members of the ensemble are also leading academics in jazz studies. Professor Tony Gould and Rob Burke (Head of the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music) are practice-based researchers at Monash University. Nick Haywood is co-ordinator of Contemporary Music at the University of Tasmania.
Nick Haywood, Rob Burke, Tony Gould, Tony Floyd, Jazz, Improvisation