Hi-res version — photo by M. Revaldi
The smile that is across his solos, the sometimes pugilistic attack, the open-heartedness, never afraid to play pretty but also never afraid to drop a dissonance, sweet-and-sour ….
… I have become a great admirer of his approach and desire to succeed as a contemporary jazz pianist.
ade ishs (/ʌdɛ ɪʃ/) is a composer, a pianist, and a bandleader residing in Melbourne, Australia. His musical style revolves around contemporary jazz, classical, folk, and meditational. ade has recorded two jazz piano trio albums, ade ishs Trio (2013) and his latest live video release, ade ishs Trio Live (2015); and several solo acoustic piano albums, Visions (2009), New Butterfly (2010), Four Seasons Suite (2014), and Four Seasons Live (2014). His music has been described as “strong … and beautiful” (Ivan Lloyd, ABC Jazz, November 2013), “sensational and colourful” (Angela Jones, Inner FM, August 2014), and “expressive” (Steve Sedergreen, October 2014).
After living his formative years in Indonesia, ade migrated to Australia. He has performed with Dung Nguyen (Way Out West — Australia), Geoff Kluke (Australia), Daigo Nakai (Germany), Benny Likumahuwa (Indonesia), Candra Malik (Indonesia), Reyharp (Germany), Zamil Idris (Malaysia), and many other musicians in Australia and Indonesia of various genres. His versatility has made him a top choice in other bands, including The Jon Magill Jazz Orchestra (big band), The Bridge (jazz and pop), Engine Room (progressive rock), GrooVe Congress (jazz and funk), Ozark (Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays cover), Up Trio (bebop standards), and MOU Quintet (contemporary jazz cover). He has been invited to play at such prestigious festivals as Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues, St Kilda Festival, and Eltham Jazz, Food & Wine Festival.
His current main ensemble is The ishs/Allen Project, led by himself and his closest collaborator, Chelsea Allen. Recently, they released their eponymous debut album, and it has garnered critical acclaim from Australian and international media: “very accomplished” (Tom Tom, USA, April 2015), “cracking” (Eastside FM Sydney, Australia, April 2015), and “very uplifting” (Jazzwise, UK, March 2015).
ade ishs is one of the most engaging live jazz performers I have encountered. There is no distance between ade and his audience. Everyone is invited in and embraced by the charm of his personality, the accessibility and richness of his music and the fluidity of his improvisation which seems to respond not only to what is happening in ade’s mind and heart but to what is happening in the audience’s heart.