“Klumpes proves to have a distinct voice in the genre of modern electro-acoustic piano music.” (Jazz and Beyond)
with Mike Nock (solo) and Alister Spence (solo)
Adrian is launching his latest solo album Yield (Preludes and Fugues for Piano). Known for his role in critically acclaimed post-jazz bands, Triosk, 3ofmillions, and currently, Tangents, Adrian has also gained a reputation as a distinctive solo pianist. Adrian’s live performances, using piano preparations and electronics, showcase his love of polyphonic textures and his unique approach to improvising. His signature blend of minimalism, lyrical piano, jazz harmony and electronics creates a palette from which he paints a multitude of moods and shifts in feeling.
“Adrian plays exquisitely beautiful, yet thoughtful and haunting music. As a solo artist Adrian is able to explore sounds and space in a moving and memorable way. Truly a unique talent for our time.” (Martin Longley, The Wire).
“Klumpes’s concept is not purely about texture and effect, having at its core a very pure beauty, charged with gothic expressionism. Radical sounds are controlled with the same finesse as the keyboard, the notes shattering like fine crystal over ominous rumbling.” (John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald)
His new solo album, Yield (Preludes and Fugues for Piano) is a collection of captivating recordings, showcasing Adrian’s unique ability to develop improvised ideas into fully rounded and complex works. Across his new album Yield, Adrian explores a range of emotion, from feelings of violence, loneliness, and pain, to those of peace, warmth, tenderness and fragility.Adrian has also described Yield as an exploration of solo piano composition that is, in part, a homage to Bach’s piano work ‘The Well-Tempered Clavier’. Arranged into paired Preludes and Fugues, and its multi-layered harmonies, the album speaks to a classical piano tradition, yet equally we hear the influence of modern pianists such as John Cage, Bill Evans, Philip Glass, Harold Budd and Chris Abrahams.Fans of his earlier solo work, including Be Still (Leaf Label, 2006), will be satisfied by his continued push at the boundaries of post-classical, post-jazz aesthetics, and new listeners will be enchanted by their transportation into Adrian’s evocative aural world.*****************
Mike Nock 9:15pm
Mike Nock returns once again to Foundry 616 for a solo set. A New Zealand born pianist/composer, Nock is one of the acknowledged masters of jazz in Australasia. Although he maintains a high profile through his trio, quartet, Noctet and various collaborative projects, Mike’s solo performances and recordings have remained relatively infrequent. Mike’s early solo recordings Touch, Talisman and Piano Solos, received worldwide critical acclaim.As a solo pianist he has toured extensively, including major European tours in 1979 / 1996, several tours of New Zealand and many concert appearances throughout Australia, Canada, USA and Asia.
Mike’s reputation rests partly on his imposing international experience which includes some twenty-five years working in the USA with many of the world’s top jazz musicians such as: Coleman Hawkins, Yusef Lateef, Dionne Warwick, and Michael Brecker, to name a few. He was the leader of the 1960’s seminal jazz-rock group “The Fourth Way.” He also has a large catalogue of critically acclaimed, internationally released recordings, and a substantial body of original compositions in print and on recordings.
In 2009 he was inducted into the Bell Awards Australian Jazz Hall of Fame and has won many prestigious awards.
“Nock’s ringing iconoclasm pervades all his music, taps a deep well of melody that transcends jazz and informs and ignites his every encounter.” – Fred Bouchard, Downbeat (USA)
Alister Spence 8:30pm
Alister is recognized as one of Australia’s most original, distinctive pianists, as improviser and composer. The Alister Spence Trio with Lloyd Swanton and Toby Hall has twice been nominated for an ARIA Award and performed extensively nationally and internationally, including Tokyo Jazz Festival, International Festival de Jazz de Montreal and Sydney’s Luminous Festival (curated by Brian Eno).His 2 piano improvised collaboration with Myra Melford Everything Here is Possiblewas awarded an APRA AMCOS Art Music Award 2014 for Excellence in Jazz.
In recent years Alister has been seeking to develop an individual approach to solo piano performance, as featured on the recent release Not Everything but Enough by the Alister Spence Trio (2017).Alister has just returned from 2 weeks of collaborations and recordings in Japan with acclaimed pianist Satoko Fujii and Natsuki Tamiura (trumpet).
‘Spence has that priceless gift of always leaving you wanting more’ – Jazzwise Magazine UK
Full bar & bistro for light meals
General – $21.50 incl booking fee
Concession – $16.50 incl booking fee
Drinks & Show $39.50 incl booking fee