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.

Trio Back at Paris Cat

ade ishs Trio with Chelsea Allen and Tamara MurphyI will be playing in the piano–bass–drum format again at Paris Cat after two years. It will feature music from both ade ishs Trio and ade ishs Trio Live. Sharing the stage with me will be Chelsea Allen on drums and Tamara Murphy on bass.

The show will take place on 28 July 2016, 8:30pm–10:30pm at the upper level (Parisian Loft), 6 Goldie Pl, Melbourne CBD, AU. Ticket is $20.

Uptown Sessions

ade ishs and Chelsea AllenThe Uptown Jazz Cafe in cooperation with Melbourne Improvisers Collective and Melbourne Jazz Co-operative will host these two shows:

  • 23 June 2016, 10pm–11pm: ade ishs Trio w/Chelsea Allen & Frank Di Sario. Ticket: $10. Presented by Melbourne Improvisers Collective.
  • 10 July 2016, 8:30pm–10:30pm: The ishs/Allen Project. Ticket: $18/$12. Presented by Melbourne Jazz Co-operative.

The cafe is located at 177 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, Vic, AU.

Castlemaine Jazz Festival 2016

I will be participating in this year’s Castlemaine Jazz Festival on 11–12 June. What a lovely little town in central Victoria!

You can watch me play with four outfits:

  • ade ishs Trio w/Chelsea Allen & Jess Wood.
  • The ishs/Allen Project w/Paul Bonnington, Ben Nieuwkerk & Anthony Tropea.
  • Ozark.
  • The Jon Magill Undectet (11 June only).

In addition to playing, Chelsea and I will also be interviewed on MainFM (Castlemaine 94.9 FM) on Sunday, 12 June at 10am by Suzanne Donisthorpe.

ade ishs Trio w/Chelsea Allen & Geoff Kluke

ade ishs Trio with Chelsea Allen and Geoff KlukeCome to these special gigs by my trio with Chelsea Allen and Geoff Kluke at Oscar’s Alehouse, 7 Bayview Rd, Belgrave, Vic, AU on 15 April and 20 May. Both start at 9:30pm and entry is free.

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.

Line up:
ade ishs: keyboard
Chelsea Allen: drums
Geoff Kluke​: bass

The ishs/Allen Project Summer–Autumn Mini-Tour

The ishs/Allen Project will play throughout Melbourne’s summer and autumn this year. Check out these shows:

  • 11 February, 6:00pm
    St Kilda Festival
    Alliance Française de Melbourne
    51 Grey St, St Kilda, Vic, AU
  • 13–14 February
    Grampians Jazz Festival
    Halls Gap, Vic, AU
  • 27 February, 2:15pm
    Eltham Jazz, Food & Wine Festival
    Terrace Stage, Eltham Town Centre, Eltham, Vic, AU
  • 6 March, 5:00pm
    Farouk’s Olive
    711 High St, Thornbury, Vic, AU
  • 12–13 March
    Inverloch Jazz Festival
    Inverloch, Vic, AU
  • 7 April, 8:00pm
    Paris Cat Jazz Club
    Parisian Loft, 6 Goldie Pl, Melbourne CBD, AU

New Release: ​ade ishs Trio Live

Street Date: 1 November 2015ade ishs Trio Live

Lighthearted jazz with a poised and assured use of space and sound

The ade ishs Trio releases their live video album on 1 November 2015. This DVD release, as the title and cover artwork suggest, is complementary to the band’s self-titled CD released two years earlier with the same line up: bandleader/composer/pianist ade ishs, drummer Chelsea Allen, and bassist Daigo Nakai. New compositions are included in addition to new takes on the existing ones.

The video was recorded live at The Maven Room in Melbourne’s Burwood Music Centre. ade says about it, “This is really a marvellous venue, perfect for our purposes. Due to its highly sensitive acoustic nature, Chelsea in particular had to play in a way different from how she usually does. Listening to the recording, it sounds better than what I expected!”

Among the songs in the album, there are some previously unreleased ones, all joyful. Two of those are latin summer-themed pieces aptly called Summer Sunlight and Summer Breeze. The other one is a lively blues called Happy Friends 1. The album also contains a number of songs originally found in the trio’s studio release, but with the core spirits of the songs more pronounced. In Go On 3, ade and Chelsea play an evocative intro to enhance the emotiveness of the ballad. Daigo’s arco playing in Cold Summer adds more drama to the already theatrical piece.

“In this release, you will see how much we enjoy the interplay between us. Making emotive music has been something I love to do, and I’ve been very lucky to play with this trio of like-minded musicians.”

Track Listing

  1. Cold Summer
  2. Soil
  3. For What It’s Worth
  4. Go On 3
  5. Blues for Chelsea
  6. Victoria Street
  7. Understanding
  8. The Differing Sky
  9. Happy Friends 1
  10. Summer Sunlight
  11. Summer Breeze

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New Release: ​The ishs/Allen Project

Elegant compositions meld with passionate improvisation

The ishs/Allen Project (TiAP) launches their debut, self-titled album on 4 March 2015. Spearheaded by pianist/composer ade ishs and drummer Chelsea Allen, the band currently comprises a quartet with Paul Bonnington (semi-acoustic and electric basses) and Ee Shan Pang (trumpet, flugelhorn, and voice).

Of the group’s fledgling recording, Peter Neville (Head of Percussion and New Music Studio, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music) says, “Often sparse and understated, always elegant, this debut album for The ishs/Allen Project delivers wonderfully complementary pieces, each painted in warm harmonic brushstrokes, framed in thoughtful arrangements, and recorded to perfection.”

ade says, “I’m particularly drawn to the compositional styles of contemporary composers and instrumentalists. I really enjoy the levels of details exhibited in their writing, and enjoy the challenge of playing improvised music with interesting and complex forms.”

These, as well as ade’s early classical influences, are evident in compositions such as the rhapsody-like Handholding, poignant A Place in the World, and the exuberant samba, Welcoming Spring.

The evocative Guildford Lane, co-written by the band leaders, showcases a sensitive duet between piano and drums that speaks of the beginning of their musical journey and the place of their meeting in Melbourne.

Says Chelsea, “The ishs/Allen Project is an improvising musical group, of course, in keeping with the very best traditions of contemporary and traditional jazz, but we also have a focus on writing and performing compositions that speak to the heart, which take the listener on a journey, and which give us an exciting platform for composing in the moment.”

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