I am so pleased to announce a new collaboration with the musicians extraordinaire, drummer Alex Roper and bassist Rory Brown. These lovely human beings are a delight to watch and listen to. Joining us on the stage is guest musician, my good friend Ee Shan Pang on trumpet.
Our show will be at Paris Cat, 6 Goldie Pl, Melbourne CBD on 30 May, 8pm. We will be playing some of my visceral original tunes with fresher takes and some new ones. It will be a night to remember. Entry is $25. Booking is highly recommended.
After almost one year not playing in any trio setting, I am excited to announce that my trio will return. This time, I will share the stage with Chelsea Allen (drums) and Frank Di Sario (bass). We will be playing at the Paris Cat Jazz Club (basement), 6 Goldie Pl, Melbourne CBD on 13 December, 8:30pm.
Enjoy an intimate Sunday afternoon concert where I will play with singer/composer Gemma Tully. Like myself, Gemma writes jazz-folk compositions. In this show, we will bring our music to the mix and showcase fresh interpretations of our tunes. We have chosen to debut our collaboration at The Maven Room, a beautiful, luxurious, engaging space with ideal acoustics and raised theatre-style seating—a really great space for our music.
Date/time: 19 November 2017, 4pm–6pm
Place: The Maven Room c.q. Burwood Music Centre, 2 Florence St, Burwood, Vic
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. Continue reading
Mandy Stefanakis has been moved by Stories Under the Sky and she reviews it on Loudmouth: “But there are only a few albums that I want on constant replay, because, like all best friends, they know when to act like a caffeine fix or, alternatively, transport me out of the traffic melee. Stories Under the Sky is one of those albums and falls into the latter category.”
A really beautiful independent release from those Melbourne guys. … It’s beautifully recorded, has a really beautiful pace, and awesome compositions, too. … follow their journey, cause it’s gonna be a really awesome one, particularly with these talented musicians at the forefront.
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.”