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Music By The Sea Concert Series 2017
6th May, 7:30pm, Sandgate Town Hall - Jeff Lang - album launch, Greg Sheehan (percussion)
In a career spanning twenty- five years and at least as many recordings, Alone In Bad Company is Jeff Lang’s momentous new album which presents the most organic union of Lang’s talents and influences yet. Released through ABC Music on February 24th this year Alone In Bad Company is filled with exquisitely sung stories and melodies demonstrating that, Lang is nothing if not a lover of song.
The first single from the album is ‘Burnside’ which immediately highlights Lang’s proficiency as one of Australia’s best guitarists with rapid fingerpicking and guitar work. Each song on the album is rendered such that an alternative approach is unimaginable and each time Lang steps up to solo, his hard-won style is unmistakable – fluid but with an edge-of-the-seat recklessness.
Acoustic fingerpicking, slide guitar, electric lead, banjos, mandolins and blue-eyed soul singing drop into place like puzzle pieces in a portrait conceived and executed almost entirely by the artist. Steadfast cohorts Danny McKenna and Allison Ferrier deliver on cue and master writer Don Walker shares his peerless wit on two songs, including the pointedly titled ‘With You I Can Throw Away The Pills’, a bitter-suite finale.
In the end, Alone In Bad Company presents one of our most inspired musicians – and songwriters – at the peak of his exceptional powers.
To celebrate the release of his new album, Lang will launch Alone In Bad Company with a national tour through March, April, May and June 2017.
Alone in Bad Company is released through ABC Music on February 24th 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.