As one of the most prestigious and longest-running music schools in Australia, it is only fitting that the Sydney Conservatorium of Music open its doors to the public, as it did last Sunday, in an event which united International jazz artists with students, to deliver an elite and diverse lineup.
In its inaugural year the program presented a plethora of musicians to represent both popular or traditional jazz and a more highbrow, experimental jazz. Enhanced by the stunning Sydney Harbour location, the Conservatorium of Music is only five minutes walk from Circular Quay; it’s castle-like trusses grandly fill the sky as you enter the through the main entrance. During the week, ‘the Con’ is a home to music students but on this day it became a magical and revered space for the public to share in. Continue reading SYDNEY CONSERVATORIUM’S INAUGURAL INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL→
For some musicians, funk is where it’s at. It starts and ends with the groove! FUNK ENGINE is one such band. The band members – three from Sydney, one from Byron Bay – all met through the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Jazz Workshop.
FUNK ENGINE was formed in 2013 by electric bass player, composer and band leader Siebe Pogson and also features Nish Manjanuth (tenor saxophone), Holly Conner (drums) and Felix Lalanne (electric guitar).
They debuted at The Newsagency in 2013 to great success and have since packed them in Lazy Bones Lounge, the Beats festival Peats Ridge, Hermann’s Bar, Foundry 616, The Townie, Mr Falcon’s and the Town Hall Hotel Newtown.
Their new CD TAKING A RIDE has been recorded at Free Energy Device Studios, produced by Llew Kiek and Richard Belkner, and mastered by Michael Lynch.
Guest artists on TAKING A RIDE include Rhyan Clapham aka rapper Dobby, Deiniol Chynoweth (vocals), Nick Polovineo (trombone), Nick Calligeros (trumpet) and Novak Manojlovic (keyboard).
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Saxes: Sam Gill | Nathan Henshaw | Jason Morphett | Don Reid | Jack Stoneham. Trumpets: Miroslav Bukovsky | Chris Ellis | Mike Kenny | Cam McAllister | Paul Meo.
Trombones: Gareth Lewis | Nich Polovineo | Matt O’Brien | Lee Tuckwell
Rhythm Section: Hugh Fraser (bass) | Ed Goyer (Vibraphone) | Kevin Hunt (piano) | Alex Masso (drums) | Jeremy Sawkins (guitar).
The Orchestra will play two sets of their own compositions. New works by Miroslav Bukovsky, Cam McAllister and Wilbur Whitta will be premiered. Guest composer Roger Dean will join us again with two of his forays into collective orchestral improvisation: BiKinetic & FiFu#2.
HANDY WORK DAY 2 –
Saturday May 14 at 7pm
THE POLYMORPHIC ORKESTRA featuring Lee McIver | Ed Goyer | Ed Rodrigues.
JEREMY SAWKINS – Solo Guitar Set
MIKE KENNY SEPTET with: Mike Kenny (trumpet, flugelhorn) | Melissa Kenny (voice) | Jason Morphett (saxes) | Paul Cutlan (saxes, bass clarinet) | Ed Goyer (vibraphone) | Hugh Fraser (bass) | Jamie Castrisos (drums)
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Tickets – $30 Full, $20 Concession
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Venue – St Luke’s Hall, 11 Stanmore Road, Enmore
The past couple of months have been exciting for Funk Engine. They have performed their set of power house jazz funk originals at the Metro, Leichhardt town hall, played their first regional show in Kempsey as well as continuing their monthly residency at Mr. Falcons in Glebe.
The group has recently been mentored by Simon Barker, drummer, lecturer at the Sydney Conservatorium and prominent member of the live music scene. This time round Funk Engine return to Foundry 616 playing originals as well as some old and new funk classics.
The show will include music by funk legends James Brown, The Meters, and Sly and the Family Stone, and modern funk champions Lettuce.
The usual Funk Engine line up of Nish Manjunath (tenor saxophone, Felix Lalanne, (electric guitar), Holly Conner, (drums), Siebe Pogson (electric bass) and guest vocalist David Sharp hope to pump out these tunes to an enthusiastic audience.
A very special music event is coming up shortly which should attract many fine music lovers, and it’s even better that it is for a good cause.
Long time friends and sometime collaborators Simon Tedeschi and Kevin Hunt are putting on a concert together which will see them transcend genre- where it will be hard for audiences to know where the jazz ends and the classical begins…stirring the jazz and classical realms into one musical recipe!
After a successful CD launch last year, Siebe Pogson and his band Funk Engine are back at Foundry 616 on the 11th of March, 2015. Pogson recently returned from a five week trip to the USA, a month of which was spent in New Orleans Louisiana, a place which many consider to be the home of jazz and funk. “Hearing the roots of the music you love is really inspiring for a composer,” Siebe commented. “Before all the music starts – and it doesn’t start till late in New Orleans – I’d often reflect on what I heard the night before and write something similar: anything from a bass line to a melody. As well as jazz, New Orleans has everything. Cajun music (Zydeco), rock, funk, blues, and soul it’s all there. I learned SO much!” Continue reading Funk Engine Coming To The Foundry 616→
2014 is a special year for young bass player, band leader and composer, Siebe Pogson. As well as recording his first CD with his jazz-funk outfit, FUNK ENGINE, he graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium with a degree in classical piano studying under Gerard Willems. Although Siebe continues to teach and perform on keyboards for years it’s been the electric bass that was his first musical love. “I tried out for the jazz course at the Conservatorium and did not get in, instead I had 3 great years working on piano and taking jazz courses on the side. When I look back, I kind of had the best of both worlds”, said Siebe.
Whilst studying, Siebe met Nish Manjunath, (tenor sax) Holly Conner (Drums) and Felix Lalanne (guitar) who are all jazz students at the “Con”. Funk Engine was born! With the encouragement of his bass guitar teacher, the great Steve Hunter, Siebe also began to write for the new group. “Steve is an amazing bass player”, Siebe commented, “He is also a fantastic composer. He told me I should write music and form a band so I did!” Continue reading Funk Engine Fires Up→
Eight excellent performers of the main act, Mr Ott, on stage with a grand piano, an enormous baritone sax and an impressive double bass, plus the six sexy dancers on the floor added a spectacular visual dimension to the great music at the crowded Venue 505 on Saturday night.
Mr Ott provided fun and joyous music and they were ably supported by the more restrained and intriguing Slowpoke Rodriguez,
lead by Pat Harris on bass, with Carlos Adura, Ken Allars, Sandro Bueno, Daniel Pliner and Simon Relf, started with almost trance like rhythms before bringing in some avant garde trumpet playing and then releasing the full band on the very engaged audience. You have to love a band that has a song called Bavaria based on a fictitious German 80s cop show of the same name with all the catchy guitars and glorious clichés of the TV theme music genre. Their website is http://slowpokerodriguez.bandcamp.com/.
Melbourne recently celebrated its 17th year of hosting the International Jazz Festival. The 10-day event, which took place between May 30 and June 8, showcased spectacular performances by local and renowned musicians, exhibitions and workshops. There was something for everyone.
As part of the festivities, The Australian Centre for Moving Image, (ACMI), held the Jazz on Film Season, showing a range of movies and documentaries of anything jazz related and its impact on the world. Two films stood out. The first being The Pleasures of Being Out of Step. The documentary was a wonderful insight on Nat Hentoff. The jazz critic, the civil libertarian, the anti-abortion advocate and to some, a controversial figure, who over half a century, redefined critical writing. Jazz fans and movie goers alike will enjoy The Pleasures of Being Out of Step.