We are in Foundry 616 on Valentine’s Day and being serenaded by the ZELA MARGOSSIAN QUINTET with its heady mix of jazz, classical and Armenian influences. Drums and percussion are duelling away. The tenor sax is wailing like a snake charmer, the double bass drives the jazz rhythms and Zela’s piano permeates the room with passion. Continue reading ZELA MARGOSSIAN QUINTET @ 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→
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