Svoboda/O’connor/Green (Brisbane/ Melbourne) & Laurence Pike (Sydney) – CD Launch


7:15 pmSunday, 14 July 2019


Jazz Lab

27 Leslie St, Brunswick VIC 3056

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This special double bill features a coming together of innovative artists

from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Time and again, Brisbane has

been a breeding ground for inventive improvisers who choose the path less

travelled. Svoboda/O’Connor/Green brings together three such musicians

who turned to jazz esoterica in their formative years: drummer Tim Green

(Brisbane), double bassist Hellen Svoboda (Maestricht, Netherlands) and

pianist Joe O’Connor (Melbourne). The trio’s lyrical approach is inspired by

the innovations of Paul Bley, Garry Peacock, Paul Motion, Andrew Cyrille

and Kris Davis. Their expansive ensemble flow is underpinned by simmering

counterpoint and a sensitivity to improvised form - they patrol the quiet

underbelly of free jazz. Having recently launched his new solo album in

Europe, Sydney percussionist/composer Laurence Pike is launching it in

Melbourne in the second set. Operating at the cutting edge of the electronic,

rock and jazz music worlds for almost two decades, he has been part of

forward-thinking groups such as PVT, Triosk, Liars, Szun Waves, as well as duo

collaborations with pianist Mike Nock. ‘Holy Spring’ is his second solo album

for the UK’s The Leaf Label, and has earned him critical acclaim in the UK

and Europe. Performing with little more than a drum kit and sampler, Pike’s

shamanistic solo performances are a transcendental journey through his

own jazz history and the electronic experimentation of his bands.

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