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Music By The Sea Concert Series 2017
3 June, 7:30pm, Sandgate Town Hall - Peedu Kass Momentum (Estonia) trio
Sean Foran (from Trichotomy) - solo piano recital
Bassist Peedu Kass moves and grooves with the top names in the Estonian jazz scene. Awarded with the prestigious Elion Young Jazz Talent prize, Peedu's reputation as Tallinn's first call bassplayer has grown rapidly. His short career has taken him to share the stage with grammy award winners Mark Gross and Antonio Hart, as well as Django Bates, Lonnie Liston Smith, Tony Allen and the European Jazz Orchestra 2011.
Kass studied double bass at the Tallinn Georg Ots Music College as well as the Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences. He received his Bachelor degree at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and completed his Master's in 2014 at the renowned Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland.
With multiple influences, Kass has been an active member of the European jazz and contemporary music scene since winning the acclaimed 2006 Sony Jazz Stage Competition at the age of 20, held in Riga, Latvia. Renown for his double bass skills, working from small groups to numerous bigbands and orchestras, session and studio work – Kass has also been active as a composer. Studies with composer Tõnu Kõrvits, led him to writing for chamber ensembles and arranging for strings and horns. The Estonian National Symphony Orchestra (ERSO) commissioned a piece from Kass, which was premiered in March 2012 at the "Estonian Music Days".
Kass leads several bands, including his piano trio "Peedu Kass Momentum", which is often summoned to represent Estonian contemporary jazz music. His first solo album "Home" was released in April 2010. The 2nd one - "Armada", followed shortly in January 2012.
Peedu Kass Momentum - Kristjan Randalu (piano), Toomas Rull (drums), Peedu Kass (bass)
Sean Foran - piano
Pianist from the classy Brisbane trio Trichotomy will perform a solo improvised piano recital during the first part of the evening.
“Lyrical expression in the manner of pianists John Taylor or Bobo Stenson” - BBC Online
“a gifted pianist with abundant ideas and the technique to go with them - Irish Times
“Foran's compositions are always interesting using restraint and intricate subtlety, incorporating classical ideas into a jazz-format” - The Australian
Award winning pianist and composer Sean Foran, is a musician with a clear sense of individual aesthetic. With a growing profile in Australia and internationally, his music is melodic, engaging, and manages to draw stylistic influences together in a vibrant manner.
He has received the prestigious Brisbane City Council's Lord Mayors Emerging Artist Fellowship, an APRA/AMC Award for Excellence in Jazz , the APRA Professional Development Award, and has studied in Australia, Canada, Norway, Sweden, France & the UK with leading musicians including John Taylor, Tord Gustavsen, Baptiste Trotignon, Matthew Bourne and Lars Jansson.
A member of the acclaimed trio TRICHOTOMY he has collaborated with the QLD Symphony Orchestra, Expressions Dance company, plus a wide variety of contemporary and classical musicians around the world.
His latest album FRAME OF REFERENCE is out on Jazzhead, featuring a stunning ensemble of British musicians.
Sean is an Associate Artist at the Australian Music Centre.
1st July, 7:30pm, Sandgate Town Hall - Chris Abrahams (from The Necks) - solo piano
"One of the most restless and musical artists anywhere" The Wire
A solo piano performance by Necks' pianist Chris Abrahams is a special event. Following on from the release late last year of his fifth solo piano album, Climb, and fresh from performances in New York and Chicago, Chris' solo career is entering a new phase.
Chris combines a probing approach to the sonic potentialities of the piano with a strong emotional and melodic sensibility. His music unfolds from simple starting points, in a mesmerising and, at times, psychedelic trajectory, to become something hallucinatory and epic. He uses a conventional pianistic approach to transcend the generally perceived sound world of the piano and his use of pianistic touch and dynamics explores the minutiae of the mechanism by which a piano hammer hits a piano string.
Routinely in play is Abrahams' penchant for glacial beauty, enigma and a sense of disquiet - John Shand SMH