New Collaborations

The Bridge

I’ve had very intense months producing The ishs/Allen Project’s new album Stories Under the Sky and it culminated into a couple launch shows. We’re taking a break until the end of the year before performing more shows starting next year.

So, what’s happening now? The rest of this year will see a series of new collaborations. I’ll tell you the stories now.

Over the years, I have met great musicians that I’d like to play with. Among them is guitarist Alex Yarosh whom I met around five years ago. I also had met and played gigs with bassist Hezy Suramarta. As we talked, we found out that we were mutual friends with Alex. “Maybe it’s a sign”, I thought.

Last year I met singer Kama Austen for a gig through Hezy, and I have done a few gigs with her in other occasions, so I thought that it would be natural to include her in the band. Alex introduced drummer Michael Ooi to us, and Kama brought fellow singer Erin Campbell into the band. We formed The Bridge.

Our first show was at the recent Castlemaine Jazz Festival, where we offered something unique to it—contemporary jazz and standards cover with mind-blowing vocals and fresh arrangements. We are heading to this year’s Halls Gap Jazz and Blues Festival. What’s also special here is that it will highlight my collaboration in the songwriting space: Ann Bolton penned beautiful lyrics that I have turned into songs to be premiered by The Bridge.

I have been lucky to meet people from all over Australia. One of them is fellow pianist David Lole. I have seen him in various towns in various states, including visiting him in his home town. A few months ago, he rang me and proposed a “piano duel”. Without hesitation, I said yes. We’ll play at the Halls Gap Jazz and Blues Festival as The ishs/Lole Collaboration.

Finding new music that’s really great isn’t a trivial thing for me. However, whenever I find one, it feels really good. Speaking of new good music, there’s a fresh band in town called Line Matter. They play awesome contemporary jazz music—definitely one that I recommend everyone to check out. Months ago, I was invited to sit in with them, but I had to miss it. However, the opportunity has arised now, and we’ll collaborate to play at the Halls Gap Jazz and Blues Festival. Check out for ade ishs Collaborates with Line Matter.

28–29 October
Halls Gap Jazz and Blues Festival

Various venues in Halls Gap, Vic

Is that all?

No. Stay updated as I am still collaborating even more!

New Release: Stories Under the Sky

Jazz infused with stories, dramas, and rhapsodies

Melbourne contemporary jazz group The ishs/Allen Project (TiAP) launches their second album Stories Under the Sky on 17 August 2017. Led by pianist ade ishs and drummer Chelsea Allen, and supported by long-term members, bassist Paul Bonnington and trumpeter Ee Shan Pang, the ensemble has sought to expand their sound palette on their sophomore album with more acoustic instruments and dramatic, cinematic compositions. Joining the core quartet as a guest musician on the album is woodwind maestro Lachlan Davidson.

The centrepiece of this album is a broadening and deepening exploration in composition and form: the majority of the album seeks a departure from traditional, straight-ahead jazz norms. For the band, Stories represents an evolution, rather than an abrupt departure, while still acknowledging what united the band members in the first place. Overall, Stories Under the Sky accentuates more dramatic, extended and cinematic compositional structures.

The conception of the album began, funnily enough, in its ending—a duet for piano and voice titled I’ll Wait Until You Arrive, which serves as a reflection on grief and as a memoir of a friend recently departed. “Most important to me, in this stage of music making and music writing,” says Chelsea, “is strength and simplicity in the message and in the execution. Simple themes are so important and so relatable, and never cliche.” ade adds, “Most of the time, I am drawn more to compositions and arrangements than performance techniques (I’m not a big fan of ‘chop-fests’), and Chelsea is, too. That’s why we include three rhapsodies (Autumn Walk, Shades, and Moving Forward) as well as other narrative-like, quasi-rhapsodies. We feel that we’ve achieved our objective: reciting musical stories under the sky.”

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Stories Coming Up!

In about half a month, The ishs/Allen Project will release a new album Stories Under the Sky. It has been nearly one year in the making, and we can’t wait to share it with whole world!

Come and enjoy the album launch concert on the release day, i.e. 17 August 2017 starting 8pm at Melbourne’s iconic Paris Cat (upstairs, “Parisian Loft”). Of course our new album will be available for sale, and this is your chance to be among the first to own a copy. Entry is $30 only, and you’re strongly recommended to book now!

There will also be a lucky draw for a ticket to Bali, Indonesia courtesy of Extra Travel Australia!

Thu, 17 August, 8:00pm–10:15pm
Paris Cat Jazz Club

6 Goldie Pl, Melbourne CBD, Vic

Jazz in Winter

FFL Jazz Winter FestivalAs part of our album pre-launch, we are playing at the First Friday Live (FFL) debut Jazz Winter Festival in Griffith, NSW. We feel honoured to be part of it!

Fri, 7 July, 7:30pm–11:30pm
Yoogali Club

647 MacKay Ave, Yoogali, NSW.

New Recording on the Way

I’m excited to tell you that The ishs/Allen Project have hit a milestone in the recording of our upcoming album Stories Under the Sky: we have finished recording! It is currently under post-production—the final touches to make it sound even more awesome. The core quartet of Chelsea, Paul, Ee Shan and myself have also been honoured to have woodwind maestro Lachlan Davidson on board to paint beautiful sonic layers in the album. Lachlan has worked with such luminaries as Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra, and John Farnham among others. So, expect even more exquisiteness in this release.

My lovely wife Fety Aryani made a beautiful painting called Blue Sky, the same as the title of a tune that I wrote at the location depicted in the painting, that is Lake Marma in Murtoa, Victoria. The album cover artwork features this work of art. My favourite photographer Windu Kuntoro has also taken pictures of the band.

ade ishsChelsea AllenPaul BonningtonEe Shan PangLachlan Davidson

Now, the album can already be pre-ordered! If you do so, you will be instantly rewarded with a download of one its track called I’ll Wait Until You Arrive. It will be released on 17 August 2017.

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The ishs/Allen Project Back at Paris Cat’s Basement

The first time we played at Melbourne’s Paris Cat, we did it at their basement. In our last gigs, we had moved to upstairs. This time, we are back downstairs with our current (and original) line up. This will be guaranteed to give you an intimate atmosphere.

The show will take place on 4 May 2017, 8:00pm–10:00pm at 6 Goldie Pl, Melbourne CBD, AU. Ticket is $20 (regular)/$15 (concession). Bookings are strongly recommended.

Sunday Jazz with ade ishs & Frank Di Sario

ade ishs and Frank Di SarioThere will be a special Sunday afternoon show that you should not miss out. Bassist extraordinaire Frank Di Sario and myself will play a very intimate concert at The Maven Room, a beautiful, luxurious, engaging space with ideal acoustics and raised theatre-style seating. The acoustics in this room is just amazing that you would feel like bathing in sound! We will be performing our originals as well as covers of timeless jazz tunes.

Entry is $20 only. There are only 30 seats, so better book now!

The ishs/Allen Project’s Second Album in the Making!

The ishs/Allen Project will be recording an awesome album soon, and you can take part in the making!

What benefit is there for you for doing that? You will be rewarded with exclusive perks! What you get depends on your support level. It can be a signed CD delivered to you before the release time. Or a liner note credit. Or how about having a BBQ with us? Want a concert in your home instead?

You will not lose any money. Your money goes to us only if we can raise at least AUD 4,500 before our deadline of 28 November 2016, 12:30pm AEDT (UTC+11). You can get these perks by making a pledge in the campaign by the deadline. So, hurry!

Trio Back to the Hills

ade ishsCome to these special trio gigs at the hills area in Melbourne south-east! We will be playing a mixture of my originals from my discography as well as previously unreleased materials with a few jazz standards thrown into the mix.

  • 16 September 2016, 8pm–10pm: ade ishs Trio w/Chelsea Allen & Geoff Kluke. The Skylark Room, 351 Glenfern Rd, Upwey, Vic, AU. Ticket: $10.
  • 21 October 2016, 9:30pm–11:30pm: ade ishs Trio w/Chelsea Allen & Frank Di Sario. Oscar’s Alehouse, 7 Bayview Rd, Belgrave, Vic, AU. Free entry.

The ishs/Allen Project at Paris Cat

The ishs/Allen Project

The ishs/Allen Project will be back at Paris Cat. This time, we will be playing in the quartet format with the debut album line up — myself and Chelsea Allen will share the stage with Paul Bonnington on bass and Ee Shan Pang on trumpet, flugelhorn, and vocals. We will play music from the album as well as our early tunes and also new music!

The show will take place on 8 September 2016, 8:30pm–10:30pm at the upper level (Parisian Loft), 6 Goldie Pl, Melbourne CBD, AU. Ticket is $20.