29 March 2024


I was just sitting outside a pub with a beer and I noticed someone with a tiny synth. Fascinating. Identified later as a Roland SC-1. Tiny, with headphones. And a Guinness. Within a few seconds we were chatting, of recordings, of styles, of instruments, of DAWs Ableton and Reaper, of sampling and histories and orchestras and whatever. Fascinating and my one musical encounter these few days in Adelaide, being here to see my Mum. He was Nug Chompah, on Spotify and more, by that name, performing and recording variously. He mentioned hip-hop, electronica, rap, drum'n'bass, topics including politics but also more. Nice. I immensely enjoyed the conversation and already admired the commitment even before a listen. Then I had a listen on Spotify. First tune is electronica, samples, running into a DnB groove. Then through a series of singles to rap and more extensive lyrics, concentrated early on, ~2018. I noticed a claimed collaboration but apparently with himself as Blipper. That's an interesting twist. Maybe a hint at bio in the title, The Greek Way. All fascinating and a great chat and still some lyric themes yet to explore. Nug, great to meet you.

Find Nug Chompah (production, composition, rap) is on Spotify and elsewhere.

26 March 2024


Whenever I mentioned Stravinsky or Firebird suite to someone they were awed. I was certainly challenged by Firebird, but nothing like its accompaniment, Prokofiev Violin concerto no.2. That was a doozy. All manner of changing counts and tempos and key signatures (6 sharps anyone?) and chromatics and maybe diminisheds. The associated naturals went down well. But NCO is a capable orchestra and we had energetic and supportive Musical director Louis Sharpe, and a wonderful and joyous soloist, Mia Stanton, and we had two warm-up pieces that were much more relaxed and shorter but still profound to warm up on. They were local compositions, by one of our horns, Thomas, and an arrangement by Sally of a lovely and quite profound short piece by Scriabin. There were some tricky bits and minor slip-ups and unsure timing in the bigger works but on the other side were the wonderfully expressive winds and the unflinching strings and percussion to drum the grooves into us. The orchestral layout was different, basses stage left (for the audience) and much bigger (recently grown to ~70 players including new ANUSOM students) and we got an unusually unimpeded view of the stunning lines from flutes and clarinets and the rest. It was a pleasure and a huge achievement when it was all over. We'd survived, even enjoyed, the rigours of the Prokofiev and pretty much laughed off the fears of Firebird. Thus are memories created. And as for memories, Louis and Alina have created their own memory recently. Congrats from CJ.

National Capital Orchestra performed Stravinski, Prokofiev, Thomas McConachie and Sally Greenaway / Scriabin at TheQ. Louis Sharpe (conductor), Mia Stanton (solo violin) performed.

25 March 2024


I joked that the last game I played was Asteroids and it's not far from the truth, but we had a string of PSns in the house over time and probably some X-boxes that my kids played and I even discovered one in the shed riddled with ants some time back. Aaron Chew was doing a concert of music from games. The games were renowned and obviously of some interest to and even influence on Aaron. I think the music was from the originals but well arranged. He had 2 overhead screens with snippets of games, too, to match to the music. The crowd was big with plenty of families and little kids although probably of a younger age than for these games. So what games? The biggies were Zelda and Mario Bros and Pokemon. Some seemed more obscure, if just for me: Gershin impact, Dark soul, Elden ring, To the Moon. One or two others. I liked the music, filmic, varied, sometime bouncy or watery or jovial or dramatic (for the battles) and always a waltz. So I didn't get it? So what. Aaron played some very capable and committed piano and that was good and was something that he'd had a real involvement with and the crowd enjoyed it immensely. So all good. Well done Aaron. And I saw a batch of new characters and some ridiculous sword and axe battles and even some homely squarish scenes in the meantime.

Aaron Chew (piano) performed music from computer games at Wesley.

22 March 2024



Sean gave me a rundown on the workshop that afternoon by Number Junky on jazz rhythms and odd meters.  It fitted perfectly with the band's title, Number Junky, and even with some of the patter on stage.  Kristian spoke of odd times and we shared counts at one stage: what I'd heard as 6-5 he thought of as 11, but it's all the same.  Some of the counts were much more complex or varied or less clear due to improvisational divisions within bars and that difficult odd count at speed, where you think 12 or 14 but realise it's 13.  Thus was the concert, although there were some fours and even some walks; just not many.  Another thing I noticed was volume.  NJ were very restrained in volume, but they were immensely intense, sharp, correct, inventive, changing, blistering at times with speed but but strangely more in melodies than in solos.  Kristian could be fast and always crystal clear although often enough with reverb/echo effects and rich in his chordal choices.  Peter was intriguing on LH kit, again not excessively fast but sharp and spot on and just wonderfully inviting.  Of course I will follow bassist Zac, beautifully toned, using a mixed pickup (Full Circle?) and external mic on Jeremy's borrowed bass, richly changing, blistering in unison melodies with Kristian, accompanying with fascinating improvised lines of long intervals both up and across the neck and repeated fast notes and just an occasional really quick line up the G-string.  He told me of his history: we share the Evolving Bassist with many others and classical orchestras, and he's essentially Simandl.  I admired the nicely functional relaxation in his hands but excuse this bass banter.  I bought a CD.  I noticed it was mixed and mastered in NYC.  That's often the way now.  He mentioned playing/recording with Fabian Almazan and Will Vinson and again that internationalism is a thing these days.  This music entranced, was insistent at low volumes, bouncy with accompaniments and solos, intellectually challenging with odd and varying counts, ecstatic with mad unison melodies.  Just great stuff.

Number Junky performed at Smiths.  NJ are Kristian Borring (guitar), Zac Grafton (bass) and Peter Evans (drums).

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20 March 2024


It was a first performance of a piano trio made up of local mates that I know through Wesley and MdCC  and NCO.  It's a small local musical world and a small group but very satisfying.  Also satisfying to hear a Beethoven trio, apparently his first published work, the Piano trio Cmin op.1 no.3 in 4 movements.  You think Beethoven is everywhere but I haven't heard too much recently and it was a happy revisit.  And nicely played.  Stuart seemed to lead much of the work with various intros and eyes opening to the others and busy piano parts that always seem to determine a piano quartet or trio, but there was considerable awareness throughout.  I particularly enjoyed some of Katherine's cello melody lines, too.  Nicely done.  Then, to finish, an arrangement of the tear-jerking Piazzola Oblivion.  Much shorter but again a huge pleasure with its relatively simple but touching melody and considerable repetition.  So a very satisfying first outing, even if a bit problematic given some unexpected recording glitches on the day.

Arawang Trio are Stuart Long (piano), John Dobson (violin) and Katherine Wilkinson (cello).  They performed Beethoven and Piazzola at Wesley.

18 March 2024


It's not the first disappointing demo I've attended  but it was a significant disappointment.   It was held as the local Canberra event, the No to AUKUS Rally for the National action week against AUKIS, 8.30am outside Parliament House.  Some of the same faces were there, although not a member I had jsut met the night before.  He actually didn't know of it so I wonder how effective was the advertising.  There were four speakers and they all spoke well, Sen.  David Shoebridge (Greens), a Palestinian student (Lena), unionist Arthur Rorris from Port Kembla, Sue Wareham and David Perkins (IPAN).  They all spoke well; Arthur Rorris spectacularly well.  There's plenty of informed discussion on the likely failure of AUKUS, of rising costs and lack of planning or that current bugbear, lost sovereignty, or crowding out expenditure and concerns on climate, housing and more and an interesting view of AUKUS as a lead to US nuclear submarine bases and nuclear storage in Australia.  Of course, the future is hard to predict but the argument seemed reasonable given recently established bases for US Marines and B52s in the North and the likelihood that the US won't have enough subs to sell us.  In the meantime, do we pay for construction of bases and subs?  Of course, we know so little of all this, as did Labor when they signed on after only 2 hours with marketer Morrison.  And did he have something to sell!  Think "I don't think, I know".  Not that I know but it seems pretty clear to me that AUKUS is a costly shocker so I was there even if very few others were.

IPAN Canberra held a NO to AUKUS rally at Parliament House as part of the National Action Week against AUKUS.

17 March 2024

Calm and storm

It's coming close to Canberra Bach Ensemble attending the Leipzig Bach Festival mid-year.  But this is Easter so a Bach passion was in store, this time St John.  But the program referenced Leipzig and advised that the CBE program will be three cantatas, BWV 9,107, 178 and interestingly that they were assigned.  I checked with Andrew afterwards and, yes, they are assigned, partly for some consistency in performances at any one festival.  I also asked who was going.  About 50-75% of the group will be attending and the others will be replaced by local players.  Given the Gevanthaus and students, that should be easy enough.  So again St John Passion, again the glorious big choral sounds and the pensive recitatives and the varied solo voices and the period instrumentation.  Also again the infectious opening that keeps reappearing thoughout.  Dave was on bass and playing beautifully on a 5-string gut strung instrument.  I noted the twisty lines and odd intervals and unexpected harmonies and sometimes followed the bass line on IMSLP and I think I found the opening theme recurring through all manner of rhythms and accompaniments, not just in the obvious recurrences in obvious form.  If I am right, it just extremely extends my understanding of Bach and his brilliance, to pass through these quite unexpected harmonic movements and to hide them throughout in all manner of forms.  Am I right?  Dunno yet but I am intrigued.  As for voices, I must highlight the Evangelist, Richard Butler, who had the most wonderfully expressed, wide ranging voice for some complex lines.  Just a stunner.  And maybe mention the lute which I don't remember hearing in Bach before but here it was (literally) central.  But again this was a huge and successful endeavour by a large group of capable musicians and singers.  And very sensible of them to stage a long interval just when Canberra's recovered Skyfire to  light the local sky and add to the noise of Canberra Ave just outside St Christopher's.

The Canberra Bach Ensemble presented Bach St John Passion BWV245 at St Christopher's Manuka.  Key performers were Andrew Koll (MD, conductor), Bianca Porcheddu (concertmaster), Richard Butler (Evangelist), Sitiveni Talei (Jesus), Grata Claringbould (soprano), Maartje Sevenster (alto), Christopher Warren (tenor) and Andrew Fysh (bass).  David Flynn (bass) held up the bottom end.

16 March 2024

Two gigs two towns

I think Mike called us Gateway to Queanbeyan although this was a return gig and the first was the week before in Ainslie.  So much for geographic precision.  But it was a great fun outing.  I used to play with Mike and Richard at the Casino and more but this was just a throwaway outing then a rehash.  Mike and Richard and Anthony and me.  Just standards but some of our favourites with Mike's expert grooves and often deliriously good solos.  His years of playing show clearly.  And Richard with his glorious Selmer tone, playing something special and nicely harmonically exploring.  I could hear the tone of John M and some hints of his delirious lines too.  Richard also has a history way back to the Sydney Con where he met Mike.  And Anthony who is a relatively new entrant on drums but, being Mike's son, with some decent guidance.  He took his share of solos or passed fours, too.  Our first outing last week was a gift to Goodwin Ainslie in honour of Richard's Mum who was once there.  This outing was Mike's request, at a fete at Qbn Presbyterian Church for their 150th anniversary.  It's so nice to visit an old stone church, view the timber decor and the touch-of-deco school house next door.  Our main churches in Canberra tend to the brick, although Ainslie All Saints has the stone aesthetic and significant history, even if borrowed from Sydney.  And to meet a former Pastor, Romeo, who had served three years in the area my family is from, in Italy, where the churches are even older still.  Whatever, a pleasure and some nice playing to boot.

Mike Dooley (keys), Richard Manderson (tenor), Anthony Dooley (drums) and Eric Pozza (bass) performed two gigs in two towns... And thanks to Lin for the pic of the band.

14 March 2024

Old block new kids

I'd never heard of La Capella Galante before and the performers were a mix of local celebrities and some that were new to me.  Suchlike for the music.  They play music somewhere around the late C18th and with mandolin.  It's a delightful era, dancey, entertaining, and perhaps the mandolin highlights this aspect.  I chatted with John about music including mandolin and he suggested they used whatever was available at that time.  The composers were somewhat known, Albinoni, Cimarosa  and Scarlatti and also Mozart, but some were quite obscure, Cocchi and Conforto were new to me.  The mix of players changed, too, almost for every piece, from soprano and mandolin through trio and quartet and the like up to the full septet, with harpsichord, 3xstrings, 2xmandolins and singer/drum.  Quite a mix and quite a varying sound and unisual given the mandolin/s.  I enjoyed it lots.  Strangely, each time I counted the time signature I got 3/4, suggesting waltz/dance to me, but maybe that was just a function of when I counted.   Whatever, I found it wonderfully inviting and lively even if the Mozart song in German was a mystery.   A lovely outing!

La Capella Galante performed at Wesley.  CP variously comprised Craig Greening (mandolin), John Ma (violin), Tanya Boag (violin), Gabriel Fromyhr (cello), Ariana Odermatt (harpsichord), Kelly O'Hara (soprano) and Larry Mays (mandolin).

13 March 2024

A funky Heaven

If you keep your eyes peeled and know the scene you can happen on a great event, a visit or gathering, variously social and musical, that's a memory maker.  Peter O'Mara at Smiths was one of those.  It was a small audience and a decent sized band (6).  There were old mates and influences and shared histories and now mature skills and notable occupations.  James Greening was there as his vibrant, jovial and immensely capable self, as coordinator and interface but also so-inviting trombonist.  Of course, so was Peter O'Mara, very early influenced by Miro (in the '70s?) and warmly recognising it, now Professor at a Hochschule for music in Munich, in a building once the office of Hitler, no less, blaring away with dirty distorted lines or clear chordal parts.  Peter's return visit was the excuse for this gig.  And John was there, blistering on tenor but also very simple and bluesy on another tune if always with the quick and twisting phrase immediately available but never abused.  And Hamish, solid and understated and always, always, correct and apt.  They were playing a tribute to Jacky Ozsasky, famed and loved for his funky bands and arrangements.  Perhaps they had all played with him at various times.  They played a few of his arrangements this night amongst some PO'M originals and arrangements, including of Miro's passionately beautiful Peace please.  Lachlan was a picking force on his Fender 6 bass and was probably the only one not to have played with JO (Lachlan?).  Then to top it off, Dale Barlow, another of this family, arrived with flute to play the second set.  He'd been expected to play the previous Sunday at but couldn't in the end, so this was the opportunity to catch him.  A mate described him as veritable Australian jazz royalty, apparently the only Aussie to have played with the famed Jazz Messengers.  Then we learn from stage chatter that Dale played his first recording on Peter's first album.  The family history continues.  So what of the music?  Apart from the basics of the chops and the huge inventiveness of these top flight players, it was spectacular and alive and joyous and infectious.  As were the tunes.  Miro's Peace please is emotionally entrancing but there was also James Brown funk and Amin grooves and classic Freddie Hubbard '70s funk (Red clay) and Peter original fusion.  I was in Heaven but I was not alone.

Peter O'Mara (guitar) visited Smiths to play with a band of old mates comprising Miroslav Bukovsky (trumpet, flugelhorn), James Greening (trombone), John Mackey (tenor), Lachlan Coventry (bass) and Hamish Stewart (drums) and Dale Barlow (flute) sat in for the second set.

12 March 2024

Vanuatu visitors

As was the way of Europe at the time, France and England both claimed parts of the archipelago and managed it as the New Hebrides until Vanuatu took independence as a Republic in 1980so I wasn't at all surprised with a French-related duo arriving to play at Smiths, although arriving to celebrate Canberra Day may be another thing.  It's the first outing for joyously named Groovy Banana on this Australian tour.  But then for three years they knew and played with their guitarist offsider when he was resident in Vanuatu and now he's in Canberra; thus this gig, I guess. It was just a short gig on a Sunday afternoon and well attended, seemingly by the Vanuatu community.  Whatever, it was a great pleasure.  Their songs are original and short, so we heard ~15 in a one hour gig, and often French language but also often enough in English and I think one, a homesick Vanuatu song seemingly in the local language (Bislama).  Using their English nom de plumes, Gaga sang and played uke or bass, Ben played bass, guitar and uke, local ring-in Charlie played electric guitar (Telecaster) and took the solos.  He seemed to have a play list and charts on his stand.  This was friendly, inviting, joyous, even with some demanding themes, like domestic violence or addictions or temptations or toxic relationships or death with titles like Woman in love, Happiness particle, Dream technicolour or Paper plane.  The styles were bluesy or swing or related with identifiable chord patterns.  And it was all a pleasure.  To my ear, folky, locally relevant and emotionally true but presented with a smile.  I liked it and the joy in the room was evident.  Nice tele solos, too, clear and melodically true.  With the kids running around, this was a family or community outing of considerable joy.  Much enjoyed.

Groovy Banana performed at Smiths in the afternoon of Canberra Day.  GB comprises  Gaëlle Meheut (Gaga, vocals, uke, bass uke) and Benoît Heurault (Ben, uke, bass uke, guitar) and Charlie Jebb (electric guitar) sat in.

11 March 2024

Sisters are doing it

It was a busy musical day but the main event was opera.  The other can await for next week's repeat.  I arrived to park then chat with a fellow Italian/Veneto-related person who was attending her first opera given a friend was singing in it.  Nice.  It's not my favourite musical event but I've attended a few operas and this was my second Suor Angelica.  It was performed by our local National Opera which bemoans its lack of funding to create a major national company in Canberra.  If not, then at least we can have small events like this one, with a minor orchestra with decent players and Lenny conducting and a string of female singers in habits as nuns and a few males in spacey colour as angels or other heavenly residents.  I was awaiting a notable aria, but I didn't hear one.  Lenny suggested what there is one but it merges into the ongoing recitative.  But the story is tragic and deeply sad and the music and singing was all very satisfying although even with some Italian I found following the story verging on impossible.  But opera is like that.  It's not like pop or folk singing.  I think I mixed up a notification of a son's death with an insect bite, but so be it.  The sadness was clear enough, at least for the unmarried mother sent off to the nunnery, and the joy at encountering her 7yo son in Heaven was obvious and the whole was tear-jerking.  So I didn't get the parts too clearly but I could feel the emotions.  It's from another era, of course,  I guess a relatively early awareness of the pain of children taken from unmarried mothers and the performance carried it though with understanding and musical panache.  So opera may not become a go-to for me but I can admire it and occasionally attend.  And that's a big success for a style which is really so foreign to our current culture.

Giacomo Puccini's opera Suor Angelica was presented by the National Opera in Albert Hall under Rachel Hogan (director) with key cast Emma Mauch (Suor Angelica) and Sonia Antiloff (La Zia Principessa).  The Orchestra comprised Leonard Weiss (conductor) with Ankia Chan (violin), Katrina Vesala (viola), Gabriel Fromyhr (cello) Lizzy Collier (bass), Alison Mountain (flute), Ella Luhtasaari (musical director, piano) an Callum Tollhurst Close (piano).

09 March 2024

Leaning to party


John Mackey was playing at the NPC and I was free but in the end it was more a visit to old friends than a serious jazz gig.  Perhaps because the noise was high and listening was difficult but we could chat in the break and it was happy hour and there was dark ale.  Like a party.  John was playing with Greg so a tenor/guitar duo, sometimes the pair but often just guitar even amongst the noise.  But a great outing.  I listened to John as I could, remembering his correction once to me that he wasn't playing out and it's clearly true: he's mostly playing the chords but just scarily fluent.  And Greg also fluent and expressive for chords and solos even playing solo.  Just a relaxing friendly interlude straining to catch the virtuosity from both instruments amongst the chatty crowd.   More party than concert but always worthy playing.

And vale for that endangered lizard or whatever which was surviving in that block on National Circuit which has now succumbed to cranes.  Another one bites the dust, at least in this location...

John Mackey (tenor) and Greg Stott (guitar) played at the National Press Club.

06 March 2024

Varitable piano

Jennifer Hou performed solo piano for the Wednesday lunchtime concert at Wesley.  I'd seen her before but not solo.  To put it mildly, I was blown out!  This was virtuosic playing, interesting selections, loud, insistent, busy, but also tender with emotions on displayed, then flowing, romantic, melodic, over screeds of arpeggios or roiling notes, outspoken then pensive in parts and delicious phrases.  Suffice to say there's real contact here, interpretation that you see on her face, not at all forced but forceful and true.  Then we chatted.  She's pretty new to Canberra, coming to teach piano at Canberra Grammar School.  And her bio listed Masters in San Francisco and First Class Honours in Sydney and a string of competition and Eisteddhod wins and performances in the Opera House and Sydney Town Hall and more.  So a capable player.  And other studies and music and more.  But listen to her concert and just take in the commitment and capability of it all.  A stellar outing this one.

Jennifer Hou (piano) performed Ross Edwards, Scriabin and Cesar Franck at Wesley.

05 March 2024

Recording recorders

I got a last minute request form Margaret Wright to record the end-of-session concert of the National Eight Foot Pitch Recorder Orchestra.  I'd done an earlier gathering a few years before.  I guess Eight Foot Pitch refers to the deepest recorders.  These are essentially pitched whistles given the nature of the flute fingering with the whistle mouthpiece, aka internal duct or fipple flutes.  It's an old instrument appearing in Europe in the Middle Ages and played through the classical and romantic eras but little thereafter, although they have been pretty well known as school instruments, at least in my era.  For many, the descant or perhaps the tenor is the image of the instrument and the bigger, deeper bass and contrabass are surprising, especially in modern square form.  BTW, not cheap either.  The performers came from across the East Coast, Queensland to Victoria and more local towns.  The music was all manner from mediaeval and church to Schubert and Schmeltzer and a War march.  The tone was soft and enveloping.  The day was pretty long, at least for the performers, but nice to see and hear such an array of different instruments and a gathering of their players.

The National Eight Foot Pitch Recorder Orchestra came together for an annual gathering in Canberra under Margaret Wright (musical director).

04 March 2024

Bands make parties


It's an indulgence, but I like to write up any gigs here where I've played with new players.  Ollie was on Friday and Liv and Imogene were at a wedding on Saturday.  Plus Steve, who we've played with before.  The wedding was in a back garden in Hackett for James K, a singer from In Full Swing big band, no less, so relaxed and comfortable and a nice place to settle into playing with new musical mates.  Unusually for us, we had a singer, Imogene, who studies at the Jazz School and also sings classical with some of the best choirs in town, and a second singer, groom James, introducing the music with a chorus of his own.  Plus Liv for some natty guitar solos and the practice of melding the two chordal instruments, piano and guitar, which, in the end was no particular problem given two capable and listening musicians in our James W and Liv.  And Steve, who we've played with in the past, sharp and correct and unobtrusive when not out front but then ready and explosive when passed a solo.  My playing grew gradually more even and settled as the day went on, so that was satisfying.  Then a final DJ set for the dancers at the reception; in this case there were none given no dance floor and the early afternoon timing.  But the departure of the band pretty much marked the end of the day, which was probably a fairly long day for those who had attended the wedding service.  It's understandable but also something I have noticed before.  A band is something special at a party and its performance can define place and time, so when the band stops, so does the party.  It's seldom said but I've seen it over and over.  Live music is a special thing and it makes a party, or makes a scene.  This was just one more instance.  So thanks to all, Liv, Imogene, Steve and James and our wedding hosts James and Rose.

An augmented Tilt played at the wedding of James K and Rose.  Tilt Aug. comprised Imogene Blake (vocals), Liv Uebergang (guitar), James Woodman (piano), Steve RIchards (drums) and Eric Pozza (bass).

03 March 2024

Köln comes

We were in Cologne just before Christmas so I didn't want to miss the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne when they returned.  They are the ones with the red and black posters all over Manuka and more.  It's a common advertising medium in Europe and I've caught quite a few concerts that way but not so common here.  And I'd seen them before, in the same location, St Christopher's Manuka, ten years back.  I was playing a gig to the time they started but I packed up quickly and dropped off my gear and arrived at interval and caught the second half.  It's a popular style of concert rather than for the cognoscenti and it was packed.  So it's successful.  Six players, flashy and popular pieces, no repeats and surprisingly short, so they managed Vivaldi and Bach and Rossini and Tchaikovsky and Mozart and Paganini and an encore in one concert.  The Paganini was all flash and hot chops, the Bach was his Brandenburg 3 and an aria from St Matthew's Passion and there was another aria given one player was also a singer.  A big voice filling the big space.  The players were 3xviolin, viola/baritone, cello and bass including two ring-ins from Australia.  I remember Kyle from CSO told me he'd played with they on a previous recent tour.  These players were both from Australia including the bass.  I spoke with bassist Madison and she was a student at the con in Melbourne and enjoying the tour and impressed by the performers.  I got in a few words to one of the Germans but he seemed pretty uninterested in my two short visits.  Yeah, it hardly makes me a Cologn-ial.  So I just caught the second set and I enjoyed it well enough and the audience was big and they got a standing ovation and their posters reminded me of Europe.  What's not to like?

Chamber Philharmonia Cologne performed at St Christopher's Catholic Cathedral, Manuka.  They comprised Matthew Rigby, Sergey Didirenko and Sylvia Hurttia (violins), Jaime Roda (viola, baritone) Thomas Grote (cello) and Madison Furlan (bass).

02 March 2024


Dave's not been available for a little while for Tilt so we've been chasing replacement drummers.  Two were due this weekend.  First up was Red Hill Primary School fete.  It's a sentimental favourite gig: relaxed, welcoming, casual with an appreciative audience of kids and more and decent sausage sandwiches.  What's not to like.  I went through a string of drummers before finding someone available.  It's a wonderful aspect of the community, especially around the Jazz School, that your gig gets passed on until someone is available.  We ended up with Ollie Brissenden and it was a raving success.  Variously subtle, changing, sharp: a huge pleasure.  Then Richard dropped in for set 2 and I picked up my new toy, a mid-90s Japan P-Bass with Seymour Duncan p/u bought from eBay and not even been plugged in before.  It's a lovely instrument, but really pales against double bass for jazz, which is what we were playing, but it was a revelation anyway and sounded a joy for finger funk.  Thus was our latest RHPS gig.

James Woodman (piano), Ollie Brissenden (drums), Richard Manderson (tenor) and Eric Pozza (bass) performed as Tilt at Red Hill Primary School.