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The opening gigs of Wangaratta 2015. First up was Dave Douglas' extended suite ‘Fabliaux’ - based on 14th century ars nova musical thinking. This music for sixteen musicians, in four groups of four, was a result of a residency at Monash. Clever and inventive and highly varied and, as you'd expect from something with "art" in the title, some may have found it a little challenging. Not so Hammerhead. A gig I sadly missed at the CJP earlier this year, I wasn't about to make the same mistake again. An absolutely top performance, with David Theak, standing in for Andrew Robertson on alto, blowing so hard some of us thought that he was going to burst a boiler!
Dave Douglas and the Monash Art Ensemble (Dave Douglas - trumpet, conductor; Ben Harrison, Niran Dasika - trumpets; Jordan Murray - trombone; Lachlan Davidson - flute, clarinet, soprano saxophone; Rob Burke - alto saxophone, clarinet; Paul Cornelius - tenor saxophone; Mirko Guerrini - baritone saxophone, bass clarinet; Lizzy Welch - violin; Natasha Trinkle - cello; Paul Grabowsky - piano; Dan Mamrot - guitar; Jordan Tarento - bass; Kieran Rafferty - drums; Craig Beard - tuned percussion; Peter Knight - electronics) performing in the WPAC Theatre at the 2015 Wangaratta Festival of Jazz
Hammerhead (Jason Bruer - tenor saxophone; David Theak - alto saxophone; Phil Slater - trumpet; Greg Coffin - piano; Matt Greubner - bass; Duncan Archibald - drums) performing in St Patricks Hall at the 2015 Wangaratta Festival of Jazz