Monthly Archives: September 2013
The Adelaide University Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble which I direct will be playing a bunch of my tunes at Tiffins on the Park on October 31st. The 19-piece group is sounding great this year. We will also be joined by the Uni’s Brazilian Big Band, led by John Aue.
Have just spent much of this week in the studio with Libby O’Donovan. Golly she is a good songwriter. We (John Aue and Jarrad Payne) recorded a few of her new songs, and a a couple of old traditional songs. One song was so new Libby was still rewriting the lyrics.
Chapel Lane have a truly beautiful piano. Thanks to Geoff Smith for tuning it so beautifully!
As we speak the South Australian State Primary Schools Orchestra are in the middle of 12 performances at the Adelaide Festival Theatre.
I was commissioned to write what they call ‘the commissioned work’ for these shows which is the central part of each performance. They asked me to write a four song cycle based on four moral stories, or parables from four different belief systems. Just finding the right stories was probably the hardest part, and took quite a few months of research.
Just saw it a few nights ago and they are doing a great job. Patrick Lim did a great job choreographing the dance troupe and Deb Hepworth provides fantastic energy for the 500-voice choir. My second daughter had one of the solo parts in ‘The Emperor and the Seed’ and did a beautiful job. They have about 8 performances to go
JAZZSA are holding a 3-day, long weekend ‘camp’ at Concordia College in SA for young, aspiring jazz musicians. Mark will be one of the staff members, teaching, presenting, and playing. Here is the flyer. JSA_070 JazzCamp_DL_Brochure_OL_WEB