Apr
30
5:00 pm17:00

DEV RES March To Izbica // Scandinavia’s Greatest Hits

5pm

March to Izbica is a new large ensemble work by Melbourne-based alto saxophonist, Josh Kelly. The piece serves as a vehicle to explore rhythmic improvisation in the large ensemble context through a series of pre-composed rhythm cycles that are framed by sections of free improvisation and arranged in real time by the performers.

6pm

Scandinavia’s Greatest Hits’ is a collaboration between alto saxophonist Holly Moore and pianist Jarrod Chase. They draw inspiration from the popular European record label ECM and ambient electronic music. Melding the sounds and ideas from these influences the two play freely and lyrically over original compositions and those of some of their favourite musicians.

Apr
23
5:00 pm17:00

Emily Bennett & Michael McNab // Ziggy Zeitgeist & Tom Mansfield

5pm 

Emily Bennett is a brazen contemporary vocalist, accordion player, sound artist and educator. Melismatic, insistent and infectious. A graduate of Theatre/Media from Charles Sturt University, the Australian National University School of Music and Honours in Jazz and Improvisation from Victorian College of the Arts. She’s performed with the First Baboon Cilivization, Nyash! Afrobeat Collective, Orkeztra Glasso Bashalde, Sunburnt Soul Collective, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus and been commissioned to compose and design sound for the You Are Here festival, Short + Sweet Dance Festival, Bogong Centre for Sound Culture, the Young Music Society, Going Nowhere festival and live art company Big One Little One. Her trio, Great rack and an empty club reverb, were the recipients of the Lebowskis Development Residency and also curated in the Critical Animals Symposium to present at the opening for the This is Not Art festival in Newcastle. They perform and collaborate regularly in Melbourne.

Michael McNab is a drummer, improvisor, electronic musician and interdisciplinary sound/performance artist from Melbourne. Listening with an unfixed body and open eyes, his kinetic interactions with collaborators, objects and site form the material of his work. He is interested in human and non-human presence as impetuses for sound making, and in spatiality and anti-virtuosity as ways to shake up audience-performer relationships. Michael makes solo and participatory percussion performances, modifying, deconstructing and spatialising different parts of the drumset and combining them with found objects and microphone feedback to build abstract sound worlds. He also releases surrealist collage-based electronic/hip hop music and makes experimental performance under the alias “Wumpy”. He has performed around Australia and in France, Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic, Norway and the Netherlands. Collaborators past and present include Rebecca Jensen, Shian Law and Geoffrey Watson in the dance world, and Mick Douglas, Josten Myburgh, Jenny Barnes, Shani Mohini-Holmes, the Phonetic Orchestra and THIS ensemble in the music/sound world.!!

6pm

Ziggy Zeitgeist is a purveyor of the fine boutique musics. https://soundcloud.com/ziggy-zeitgeist

Tom Mansfield (AKA Thhomas) is a casual beat maker hailing from the inner north suburbs of Melbourne. The Thhomas tape is minimal, subtle beats that utilise instrumentation, field recordings, samples and analogue drum machines. Influence spanning from boogie funk through to 2-step the Thhomas tape is diverse but coherent. Thhomas is best known for his guitar playing in live-beat band 30-70.

Apr
16
5:00 pm17:00

Reuben Lewis & David Brown // Ronny Ferella & Mark Shepherd

5pm

Since basing himself in Melbourne in 2013, Reuben Lewis’ unique and diverse musical activity has earned him recognition among the local and global scenes. He leads I Hold The Lion’s Paw and The Inflorescence Ensemble, both of which explore the in-betweens of groove music(s), free collective improvisation and abstract compositional forms. Reuben is also a co-leader of the international new-music groups The Phonetic Orchestra and SVELIA as well as a being member of the trad-jazz band The Grubs, free-improv groups Palaver and Infinite Ape, contemporary-jazz ensemble The Unfix Orchestra (formerly The Bennetts Lane Big Band), cross-medium improv collective THIS Ensemble and nu-soul outfit 30/70. Reuben has independently released five albums under his own name as well as several others as co-leader, both in Australia and Europe. He has toured in Australia, Europe and South-East Asia and appeared at prestigious festivals such as Wangaratta Jazz Festival, Melbourne Jazz Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, WOMADelaide, MAP Malaka, Sound Out, You Are Here, Canberra International Music Festival, Capital Jazz Project, Sydney Fringe, AsiaTOPA and MAP Melbourne.

David Brown has been involved in the Melbourne avant-garde, art rock/punk rock scene since the mid-seventies with such groups as "False Start", "Signals" and "Dumb and the Ugly". The first two of these groups began from associations made around the time he was completing a diploma of fine arts in the mid-1970s. In all his subsequent projects Brown has continued to develop a vocabulary that runs the gamut from rock bassist through experimental guitarist to sound artist. In addition, his activities as a solo improviser and composer have been consolidated by a return to education, with the aim to research the relationship between digital recording technology and improvisatory techniques, concluding in an M.A. completed at RMIT in 2001. Following this Brown undertook a PhD research project at RMIT University investigating the use and benefits of electroacoustique compositions and field recordings within a hospital Emergency Department. This doctorate was completed in late 2012 and a book providing an overview of the project was subsequently published in 2013.

6pm

Ronny Ferella first established his reputation through four critically acclaimed CD releases with his group, IshIsh. He has toured nationally and internationally including a performance at the Umbria Jazz Festival in 2001. His musical endeavours cover wide stylistic ground and include groups such as WAYFINDERS with Mark Shepherd and Jon Hunt, PALAVER with Geoff Hughes, Miroslav Bukovsky and Reuben Lewis, OMELETTE with Stephen Magnusson, Jordan Murray and Mark Shepherd, electro acoustic duo PEON with Sam Price and NORTH/SOUTH with Lloyd Swanton, Jess Green and Aaron Flowers.

Mark Shepherd is a double bassist and electronic musician from Melbourne, Australia. Mark has collaborated with a wide range of Australian based musicians, particularly from the jazz and avantgarde music scenes. Mark has also established himself as a soloist having performed solo at venues and festivals in Australia and Europe. Mark's unique approach to the double bass is a result of his interest in a broad range of music from around the world, including avant-guarde and experimental music, and in particular minimalistic music, both traditional and modern. Mark's solo electronic work typically utilises sampler, analogue synthesiser, percussion, analog effects, and is often drone based. Mark’s solo double bass performances explore microtonal pitch, use space/silence and are occasionally accompanied by drones.

Apr
9
5:00 pm17:00

Aviva Endean & Evelyn Morris // Adam Halliwell & Maria Moles

5pm

Aviva Endean is a performance-maker, clarinettist and composer interested in expanding the audience experience of sound by creating intimate, unusual and spatially engaged contexts for listening. Her performance practice spans a wide variety of musical styles and performance contexts including experimental and improvised music, theatre, creating immersive sonic environments, chamber music, folk music and inter-arts collaborations. Aviva is the recipient of numerous Awards and grants including the prestigious Freedman Music Fellowship, JUMP mentorship program, the Keith and Elizabeth Murdoch Travelling scholarship, the Willem Van Otterloo memorial award, the Atheneum prize for chamber music and the Lionel Gell Merit award. Her work has been nominated for the EG music Awards ‘best Avant-garde/experimental act’ 2013, and the Aria Awards ‘Best World Music album’ 2014 and she has been described as “Australia’s most versatile clarinettist” Real Time 2014.

Evelyn Morris formed experimental pop outfit Pikelet in 2007 and has released three full-length albums, all of which have received great critical acclaim. Pikelet started out as layered experimental folk music and has traversed many musical territories over the years. Currently the sound is based around experimentation with synth, odd rhythms and found sound, all tied to a core melodic and harmonic focus. Evelyn has also been involved in many collaborations with artists and groups such as The Boredoms, for their Boadrum 10/10/10 performance. As a session musician Evelyn has accompanied many artists such as Ariel Pink, Grand Salvo, Laura Jean and Frida Hyvönen. In 2014 Evelyn was awarded The Age Music Victoria award for best experimental/avant garde act, nominated and voted for by her esteemed peers in the field.

6pm

Adam Halliwell has been a constantly active musician in Melbourne since 2008. After finishing studies at the VCA in 2013, he moved on to work in performing and improvising with left of field Disco group ‘Mildlife’ and Ethiopian/Melbourne collaboration ‘The Lalibelas’, in which they released a self-title album through Vision 8. 2015 saw the release of ‘Sun Ghost’, a collaboration with drummer and percussionist Maria Moles. They spent the year performing around Europe and Australia, receiving the opportunity to perform with the Sicilian Improvisers Orchestra, directed by Lelio Giannetto. In 2016, Adam released ‘The First Baboon Civilization’ on Moontown Records, a free jazz record using only a Shure PG48 microphone, predominantly used for Spoken Word or Karaoke. Critics called it “A cultural gift that makes jazz spicy and fun again” – (Kai Nobuko, Yeah I Know It Sucks) and, “There's not a great deal of music in this vein being made this good” – (Keith Pettinger, Awkward Movments). The record gave birth to the collective ‘The First Baboon Civilization Orchestra’, which Adam directs, composes for, cooks for and performs in. They have performed live to air at Triple R’s performance space for Dan Dare’s show ‘How High The Moon’, and to a sold out crowd at Howler for the Moontown Showcase. In 2016, the group performed as part of the ‘Lebowskis Development Residency’.

Maria Moles performs extensively around Melbourne both solo and with various ensembles, including performances at festivals such as Women’s Jazz Festival, Falls Festival, Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Tilde New Music Festival, Sugar Mountain Festival, Mona Foma and Dark Mofo. In May 2015, Maria toured Europe with Melbourne-based guitarist Adam Halliwell for the release of their debut album titled 'Sun Ghost'. In the same year, Maria toured Australia with alternative rock band Jaala, supporting grammy nominated neo-soul band 'Hiatus Kaiyote' for their Australian tour. The band since then has supported The Internet (USA), Methyl Ethel (PER), Polica (USA), and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizzard (MEL). Maria's solo project 'Mondo Flockard' explores the use of layering sounds/rhythms played on either drum kit/percussion which are then electronically manipulated through the use of filters and pitch modulators. Her self-titled EP was released in 2016 through Tonelist, and was listed on Avant Music News under Best Albums of the Year 2016. Ian Parsons described it as "drumming taken into a new territory, hovering somewhere around sharp-edged electroacoustics and unsettled ambience".

Apr
2
5:00 pm17:00

Adrian Sherriff & Carmen Chan // Georgie Darvidis & Jenny Barnes

5:00pm

Adrian Sherriff is a multi-instrumentalist and composer who performs Experimental, Afro-American, Afro-Cuban, Japanese and Carnatic musics. Adrian is the musical director of the Australian Art Orchestra's twenty year collaboration with South Indian drummer Karaikudi R. Mani and has taught South Indian rhythm at tertiary institutions across Melbourne and internationally since 2000. Adrian annually performs and has his compositions performed in Europe, India and across Australia. In 2016, Adrian performed his score for the season showing of "Gaijin" with Carmen Chan. They have also regularly worked together as participants in Ren Walter's This ensemble.

Carmen Chan is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and artist whose graphic compositions and project 'Do You See What I Hear?' have been featured in a range of contexts locally and internationally. She also performs in solo, duo and ensemble settings in and around Melbourne, and collaborates with improvisers, composers and artists.

6:00pm

Georgie Darvidis is one of Melbourne’s most versatile and adventurous young artists. Beginning her musical study exploring theatre and classical vocal technique lead to major roles with The Melbourne Theatre Company and The Victorian Opera Company. After completing a Bachelor in Improvised music at The Victorian College of the Arts, she began to investigate more traditional jazz styles as well as free improvisation and cross disciplinary compositional forms. This lead to overseas study with acclaimed practitioners Shelley Hirsch and Theo Bleckmann in 2013. Upon her return to Australia, Georgie began to focus on producing original multimedia works independently, playing the role of composer, performer, film maker, and editor.

Jenny Barnes’ current work is a rigorous investigation into sound as meaning and the absence of sound in meaning. Her work follows a larger trajectory across creative practice and empirical research into language and community engagement. Barnes’ work as an improvising vocalist embodies the spontaneity, expression and empathetic experience of language and language acquisition. Employing unconventional vocal techniques, thorough understanding of phonetic and phonological patterns both sonic and silent (Auslan) and a deep respect for others, it is a creative work that unfolds and reveals sonic and energetic peculiarities in various environments with attention and devotion to the process itself.

Mar
26
5:00 pm17:00

Slipper

5pm

Gemma Horbury - trumpet

Belinda Woods - woodwinds

John Myatt - bassoon

Diego Villalta - guitar

Alastair Watts - bass

Chris Lewis - drums/percussion

‘Slipper’ is the sextet led by Melbourne bassist Alastair Watts, featuring his compositions and arrangements, that make use of a rich palette of timbres to create the band's beautiful timbre. Utilising a front line that incorporates trumpet, alto and bass flutes, and bassoon, and a rhythm section that employs numerous effects, Slipper's sound is more than the sum of its influences however indicative of its goals those might be: electronica, metal, slow-core pop, and the music of Latin America. Currently recording their first album, Slipper is getting ready to tour in 2017.

Mar
19
Mar 20

Red Line 4 // Soft Power

5pm Red Line 4

Tom Benson - tenor sax

Jonathan Moore - guitar

Anthony Pell - electric bass

Sebastian Jego - drums

Red Line 4 are an original Melbourne jazz band playing dynamic, driving and melodic music. Influenced by Pat Metheny, John Scofield, John McLaughlin and others the quartet creates a unique blend of jazz/fusion music. Since forming in early 2016 the band has performed at various Melbourne venues. A highlight of the bands year was its energetic performance at the 2016 Wangaratta Jazz Festival.

6pm Soft Power

Matthew Roche - guitar

Oscar Neyland - bass

Chris Cameron - drums

Led by guitarist and composer Matthew Roche, ‘Soft Power’ was born in early 2016 after a quarter-life crisis following a meditation retreat in 2014 that led Roche to re-focus his musical and spiritual outlook. Inspired by a journey into the mind’s undertow where it is not out of the ordinary to find epiphanies and nostalgic ghosts making strange bedfellows, Roche’s debut album ‘A Breath Is Like A Swinging Door’ features music that traverses jazz harmony with fluid, rock orientated grooves and wordless melodies that recall a pop vernacular of childlike innocence.

Feb
26
5:00 pm17:00

~ DEV RES SERIES III ~

~ DEV RES SERIES III ~

The DEV(elopment) RES(idency) program is an initiative from Lebowskis, designed and presented in the spirit of fostering creative growth in new and established ensembles. Now entering its third series, this residency is available to two applicants and comprises three performances over a sixmonth period. The intent of the program is to allow ensembles to develop a creative concept and showcase its growth with a performance every two months, culminating in a live recording at the final show. If you have a concept you wish to develop and present in a relaxed, welcoming listening space, we encourage you to apply!

Applications will close on Monday, February 13th, and successful applicants will be notified the following Monday, February 20th.

All applications must be submitted here: http://www.lebowskismusic.com/ application-form

Feb
19
5:00 pm17:00

ETAGE // Shayan

5:15pm ETAGE

Chris Palamountain - alto sax Laura Nichols - vocals Ben Smart - vibraphone Steph Bell - bass Anthony Stanislavski - Drums ETAGE was formed in 2015 by saxophonist/composer Chris Palamountain. ETAGE merges the composed with the improvised to explore elements of space, clarity, and beauty.

6:15pm Shayan

Adrian Perger - trumpet Omid Shayan - sax Matthew Roche - guitar Costa Hagi - electric bass Monique Zucco - drums Shayan is a jazz quintet that came together in late 2014. The group plays original compositions that attempt to infuse contemporary jazz improvisation with middle eastern melody and rhythm.

Nov
27
6:15 am06:15

Tim Franklin Quartet // Leigh Carriage: ‘Weave’ Album Launch

5:15 - Tim Franklin Quartet

Tim Franklin is a saxophonist and composer based in Melbourne. His performance experience includes work with Miguel, the Queensland Symphony, the Blues Excuse, and under his own name. Tim has played at venues such as the Brisbane Powerhouse, the Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Arts, Bennet’s Lane, the Basement, and Uptown Jazz Café, and has appeared at numerous festivals in jazz and contemporary classical contexts. He has recorded two albums, ‘Mysteries’, an album of solo saxophone improvisations recorded in a historic church, and ‘Fractals’, a 2010 album in a trio setting with Joe O’Connor and Chris Vale. Following a successful performance curated by the New Music Network, Tim also has an ongoing project aimed at integrating saxophone improvisation with real-time electronic manipulation.

Tim Franklin - saxophone

James Ball - piano

Tom Lee - bass

Hugh Harvey - drums

6:15 - Leigh Carriage: ‘Weave’ Album Launch

Following up on her highly acclaimed album “Mandarin Skyline” which drew a nomination for the 2014 Australian Bell Awards, this outing sees Carriage digging deeper into her past and drawing upon her vast knowledge of genres. Blessed with stunning crystal clear tone and pitch her nuanced delivery, masterful storytelling and compositions mesh divinely, weaving stories ancient and new. There’s a timeless quality to her singing, likened to water flowing over river stones.

“My parents were weavers; my mother of wool, fabrics, the soil and healing words and my father the repairer of broken toys, car engines and skinned knees. I follow in their footsteps weaving melody and word.  Joni Mitchell wrote ‘we are condemned to wires and hammers, strike every chord that you feel’. Welcome to Weave an evening of music weaving wood, metal, muscle, wire and heart.”

Leigh Carriage - voice

Carl Mackey - saxophone

Stephen Magnusson - guitar

Steve Russell - piano

Frank Di Sario - bass

Danny Fischer - drums

 

Nov
20
5:15 pm17:15

Zól Bálint // Liam & Co.

5:15 - Zól Bálint

Zól Bálint is Melbourne based musician, Zoltan Fresco. Having designed an instrument to bridge acoustic and electronic performance, Zól creates earthy, guitar-driven electronic music. His highly improvised live shows combine guitar playing with electronics to manipulate sounds in real time, flowing between highly textured and delicately minimal, electronic and organic.

6:15 - Liam & Co.

Liam & CO is lead by musician/composer Liam O'Leary, serving as a platform for performing his original compositions and concepts, showcasing a variety of musical contexts and musicians.

Liam is currently based in Melbourne and is performing regularly with Liam & CO since moving in 2015. Liam & CO released their self titled debut album at the Clarence Jazz Festival in 2016, and are due to release their second album next year.  

Liam O'Leary - drums

Reuben Lewis - trumpet

Shaun Rammers - sax

Joel Trigg - piano

Isaac Barter - bass

Nov
13
5:15 pm17:15

Sam Gill // Andrea Keller’s Transients V with Stephen Magnusson and James McLean

5:15 - Sam Gill

Sam Gill - saxophone

Novac Manojlovic - piano

Mary Rapp - bass

6:15 - Andrea Keller’s Transients V with Stephen Magnusson and James McLean

Assembled by Andrea Keller, Transients are a series of trios inspired by the philosophy and legacy of much loved and respected mentor Allan Browne. Drawing from a pool of creative Melbourne musicians who shared connections with Al, the trios focus on a collective approach to music making, each version bringing with it a unique repertoire and dynamism.

Andrea Keller - piano

Stephen Magnusson - guitar

James McLean - drums

Nov
6
7:15 pm19:15

Melbourne Composers Big Band

For their final concert of 2016, the Melbourne Composers Big Band are proud to present their second guest composer, Mr. Nick Mulder! The band will be performing two spectacular sets of original music from the special time of 7.00pm on Nov 6th @ Cross Street. We encourage everyone to get down and check out Nick working his magic with this ensemble. Come and support Australian big band music!

The Melbourne Composers Big Band are a nationally renowned composition initiative, designed to give anyone and everyone the chance to have their own music performed and recorded by one of the countries leading jazz ensembles. The MCBB were formed with the sole purpose of encouraging and promoting Australian composition and big band music. With so many talented composers, arrangers, musicians and educators across the country, the MCBB plan to give opportunity to all individuals who wish to contribute and celebrate the ever-growing Australian big band and composition scene.The MCBB itself includes some of Melbourne's most exciting musicians and improvisers. All of our members are passionate about big band playing, composition and original Australian music. The ensemble is led by the founder and creator of this project, James Mustafa

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Sep
25
5:00 pm17:00

Crossover (feat. Reuben Lewis)

Bonnie Stewart - Drums/voice

Peter Farrar - Alto saxophone/pipes

Luke Sweeting - Piano/toys

 

Reuben Lewis - Trumpet (second set)

 

Bonnie Stewart’s ethereal voice and percussive textures sail through her evolving compositions, flowing together with the lush and playful tones of Luke Sweeting and distinctive experimental sounds of Peter Farrar. Crossover forges an amalgam of improvisation, haunting melodies, and polyphonic soundscapes. A rearrangement of Bonnie’s quintet Criss Cross, this trio of individual improvisors creates a unique and cohesive collective sound.

 

Celebrated local trumpeter, Reuben Lewis, will join them for the second set.

Sep
18
5:00 pm17:00

Fools in a Forest // Soft Power

 

5:15pm - Fools In A Forest

 

Rafal Kaczmarek - Drums & Trumpet

Tim Hilton - Trombone, Melodica & Percussion

Gary Butler - Guitar, Toys & Stupidity

 

A trio. Fools in a Forest. Will Anybody hear them?


 

6:15pm - Soft Power

 

Matthew Roche - Guitar

Peter Bouwman - Bass

Cameron Sexton - Drums

 

Music for your subconscious to dance to, gently created by humans. Although not averse to the great jazz traditions of yesteryear, guitarist/composer Matthew Roche formed Soft Power to pare down and simplify his compositions to a basic natural impulse: the human desire to communicate through sound. Joined by good friends Peter Bouwman (bass) and Cameron Sexton (drums), at the heart is a strong folkloric element of simple pop-like melodies and fluid rock orientated grooves that keep everyone honest. The music is spacious, open and instinctive and was inspired by a period of intense meditation practice at a silent Zen retreat resulting in a Dark Night of the Soul; a personal journey into the minds undertow where one attempts to find meaning in a world that appears to be on the surface meaningless.

 

Sep
11
5:00 pm17:00

Shit Nipple // Antipodes

5:15pm - Shit Nipple

 

Cheryl Durongpisitkul - Alto Saxophone

Steve Hornby - Double Bass

Lincoln McKenzie - Guitar

Marcos Villalta - Guitar

Shit Nipple a collective of four instrumentalists with a very special musical bond. The origins of Shit Nipple date back to a time before they had even started building their repertoire, having played together for many years prior. The group's magic is drawn from many different influences, and their sound could be described as having a likeness to Jazz, Classical music, South American folk music and other more obscure styles. The band is made of Cheryl Durongpisitkul (alto saxophone), Steve Hornby(upright bass), Lincoln McKenzie(guitar), and Marcos Villalta (guitar).


 

6:15pm - Antipodes

 

Jake Baxendale - Saxophone

Callum Allardice - Guitar

Luke Sweeting - Piano

Tom Botting - Double Bass

Tim Geldens - Drum Kit

 

Described during their recent tour of Australia as “a great blowing band with dense heads, occasional free and floating segments, room for solos and some great grooves” (Canberra Jazz) this is music drawn from diverse influences – modern New York jazz meets Swedish indie pop and European free improvised music. Audiences are first drawn in by introspective, timbral improvisations and then set to foot-tapping with danceable beats, songlike melodies and fiery solos.


Antipodes was formed after a chance meeting of some of the members at a jam session in Berlin in 2013. The musical connection became immediately apparent and they began writing and performing original compositions together. This year’s Freedman Jazz finalist, Sweeting from Sydney is a pianist known for his indelible work with jazz-improv group the Grey Wing Trio. Saxophonist Baxendale a key force behind the burgeoning Kiwi band The Jac and is one of the most energetic forces coming from the underground Wellington jazz scene. Motueka born guitarist Callum Allardice, a frequent collaborator of Jake’s, joined them in NZ and contributed a number of his own compositions. The band also features Sydney’s incredible double bassist Tom Botting and the driving powers of Tim Geldens on drum kit.

 

Sep
4
5:00 pm17:00

Aarti Jadu & Matt Coldrick // Aia Trio

5:15pm

Aarti Jadu - Voice
Matt Coldrick - Guitar

Performing unique interpretations of Indian bhajan devotional music, with inspirations from jazz, ambient, eastern and Celtic spheres.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvEFoie5yU0
http://aartijadumattcoldrick.bandcamp.com/track/karo-2

6:15pm

Will Hoffman-Betia - Piano Accordian
Eamon Roy - Guitar
Hannes Lackmann - Drums, Percussion

Abandon the elusive future and past and be here and now on a journey of grounding grooves and uplifting melodies inspired by jazz, ambient, hip hop, minimalism but mainly whatever is in the air.

https://www.facebook.com/aiatrio/?fref=ts&ref=br_tf
https://soundcloud.com/aiatrio

 

 

 

 

May
29
5:00 pm17:00

Lebowskis Development Residency Concert: First Baboon Civilisation // I Hold The Lion's Paw

Lebowskis proudly announces our successful Development Residency recipients for our first season.

5:15pm The First Baboon Civilisation

The First Baboon Civilisation was conceived out of a release made for Moontown Records. The release is an overdubbed recording, with the intention of it sounding like an undiscovered jazz ensemble from the 70's.
Now the group is a fully functioning collective, creating music through the use of graphic scores and free improvisation. The compositions are inspired by groups and musicians such as Art ensemble of Chicago, Sun Ra, Pharaoh Sanders, Horace Tapscott and The Pan-Afrikan People's Arkestra.

https://moontown.bandcamp.com/album/the-first-baboon-civilization

Development concept: To explore the possibilities within writing and performing graphic compositions for a large ensemble. 

I want to use this residency to trial new ideas using graphic scores, orchestrating and conventional notation for the large ensemble. The objective of the scores and orchestration is to make it simple, not to take away from the musicians deep listening and improvising. They will be supplying most the content and I will be supplying the structure. The notation elements will act as a platform to connect the group together as well as a launch pad for improvisation, the same way Ornette Coleman did with his compositions. I'm also interested in exploring music notation in unconventional ways by borrowing certain aspects of Anthony Braxton's compositions, such as his use of shapes and lines in amongst the notation. 

For this residency I will also be exploring the use of electronic manipulation. Certain members of the ensemble will morph the instrumentalists sound through the use of hardware effects, computer based software and live looping.

6:15pm I Hold The Lion's Paw

Reuben Lewis - trumpet, electronics
Jordan Murray - trombone
Jon Hunt - saxophones, clarinets
Geoff Hughes - guitar, electronics
Ronny Ferella - drums, percussion, electronics
Dave Brown - electric bass, prepared guitar

I Hold the Lion’s Paw represents a collective of musicians that have made music together for a number of years. Whilst the formations have modulated (duo, trio, quintet etc..) the creative intent behind the collective has remained one of research and exploration into three central subjects: groove music, group improvisation and transient compositional forms. These act almost as opposing gravitational pulls, with the musical result finding its own balance somewhere in between. 

Over the course of the Lebowskis Development Residency, I Hold the Lion’s Paw will develop a series of instrumental song-cycles that investigate in depth the surreal poetic landscapes cultivated through the poetry of the Persian Sufi Master, Shams-ud-din Muhammad Hafiz (c. 1320-1389).

www.reubenlewis.com
soundcloud.com/reubenlewis

Development Concept:

I intend to develop a series of instrumental song-cycles for six-piece electro/acoustic ensemble inspired by the poetry of the Persian Sufi Master, Shams-ud-din Muhammad Hafiz (c. 1320-1389).

The song cycles will be a collation of aural studies that investigate in depth the surreal poetic landscapes cultivated through Hafiz’s words. The umbrella title for the cycles will be “I Hold the Lion’s Paw” and will incorporate elements of South-Indian Carnatic music, Afrobeat, Guinea Pygmy and Echtzeitmusik (real-time music) traditions within its structural and compositional fabric.

Rather than a series of wholly complete or singular compositions the motivation behind the song cycles is to create a body of compositional cues that can be strung together with completely improvised sections, creating a kind of nonstop improvised suite.

This method of dovetailing material in a freer and quickly adaptable fashion is one that is familiar to the proposed ensemble. The original quintet was formed in early 2013 with the ultimate goal to develop a band that possesses the flexibility to regularly push composed material into uncharted territory and has the capacity to freely interpret mixtures of set structures and open arrangements. As a reference point, I continue to look to the Don Cherry Quintet: Live at Cafe Montmarte 1966 and his ‘Cocktail Pieces’ as well as the compositions of Tomasz Stanko and Anthony Braxton to inform my own approach of composition for this ensemble.

Each residency performance will expand on work from the previous concerts and rehearsals. This will take the form of new song-cycles, deeper exploration of existing material or most likely a combination of both. 

$10 full - $5 Concession (Cash Only)

May
22
5:00 pm17:00

Lena // Soft Power

5:15pm - Lena

Melbourne group lena is led by vocalist/composer Helen Catanchin, whose compositional themes run the gamut from grief, insomnia, fear and decay, to courage, hope, odes to Spring and of course, love. A highly expressive jazz singer with several scholarships, awards and a Masters in Music Performance to her name, Helen formed lena as an outlet for her most honest, inquiring and genre-elusive works. From a childhood surrounded by European classical music, traditional Romanian folk and 80s/90s pop, to extensive formal study of jazz and its offshoots, her lifelong passion for music of all kinds has led Helen to a style that is her own.

Some of My Parts is lena’s exciting debut EP release, which features several of Helen’s earliest compositions, as well as unique and inventive arrangements of two beautiful covers. Melodic and reflective, lush, tender and at times raw, this intensely personal music gives insight into her inner world.  Some of My Parts was launched at Bennetts Lane Jazz Club on March 15th, 2015.
https://soundcloud.com/lenabandpage/sets/some-of-my-parts-ep

6:15pm - Soft Power

Formed out of one of the various incarnations of the Matthew Roche Trio, Soft Power is music for your subconscious to dance to, gently created by humans. Although influenced by the great jazz traditions of yesteryear, at the heart is a strong folkloric element of simple melodies with fluid rock orientated grooves that keep everyone honest. The music is spacious, open and direct and was inspired by a period of intense meditation practice at a silent Zen retreat resulting in a Dark Night of the Soul; a personal journey into the mind’s undertow where one attempts to find meaning in a world that appears to be on the surface meaningless..

w/ Matthew Roche (guitar) Peter Bouwman (bass) and Cameron Sexton (drums)

http://matthew-roche.com/

$10 full - $5 Concession (Cash Only)

May
15
5:00 pm17:00

Mel Taylor and the Sun Chasers // STAV

5:15pm - Mel Taylor and the Sunchasers

Quirky and down-to-earth, singer-songwriter Mel Taylor is a weaver of folk and pop with a hint of jazz sensibilities. On the brink of launching her debut EP ‘Time’, the 22-year-old has a voice that possesses a gravity and maturity beyond her years. Bringing old and new compositions to life in a full band setting, 'Time' [EP] is a vibrant, contemplative and sometimes melancholic snapshot of life, loss and love. Joining her will be Bec Goring on guitar, Hannes Lackmann on drums and Isaac Gunnoo on double bass.

6:15pm - STAV

Soulful, groovy and honest, STAV. the band takes the songwriter's intricate guitar playing and expressive voice to the next level. The respect they have for each other comes through in their interactive and engaging performance. Weaving lyrical stories with double bass, drums, violin and guitar, the music is rich in rhythm, serene strings and uplifting melodies.

$10 full - $5 Concession (Cash Only)

May
8
5:00 pm17:00

Kyritsis/Tarento/Anderson // Shaun Rammers Quintet

5:15pm - Kyritsis/Tarento/Andresen Trio

This Trio comprised of close friends Nick Kyritsis(guitar), Jordan Tarento(double bass) and Luke Andresen(drums) plays original music as well as a collection of modern compositions by Australian and international artists. A strong sense of melody and song form is the basis for extended improvisations with a deep connection to narrative.

Kyritsis/Tarento/Anderson

6:15pm - Shaun Rammers Quintet

The Shaun Rammers Quintet is an ensemble featuring some of Melbourne’s finest improvisers – James Macauley on trombone, Joe O’connor on piano, Hiroki Hoshino on bass and James McLean on drums. Based in Melbourne, they have been performing together since the beginning of 2015, playing music composed by Shaun. The music is open, exploring the intersection between composition and improvisation, and allowing for the band to play with beautiful romanticism or explosive intensity and everything in between.

http://www.shaunrammers.net/quintet

$10 full - $5 Concession (Cash Only)

May
1
5:00 pm17:00

CTS Corporation // CHV (Channel V)

5:15pm - CTS Corporation

Turbulent compositions. Scorching solos. CTS Corporation.

  • Nick Kyritsis - Guitar
  • Steve Hornby - Bass
  • Cameron Sexton - Drums
CTS Corporation

6:15pm - CHV (Channel V)

CHV (Channel V) is comprised of Ashley Cross (guitar), Anita Hustas (bass, bowls, objects) and Rob Vincs (saxophones). The ensemble has been playing for about five years with a focus on performing self organising music as well as using original notated pieces as a basis for improvisation. CHV’s debut recording ‘Terrestrial’, recorded at Pughouse Studios, is an album dedicated to music made in the moment. 

$10 full - $5 Concession (Cash Only)

Apr
17
5:00 pm17:00

The Emergent Euphoric Experience of Energy Music (tEEEEm) // Omelette

5:15pm

tEEEm are an improvised music ensemble comprised of Zeke Ruckman (drum set/electronics), Adam Halliwell (electric guitar) and Josh Kelly (saxophone). The band explores concepts of 60's era free jazz, combining intellectual thought with outward expression of emotion in the instrumentation of saxophone, electric guitar and drums. The music draws heavily on free jazz concepts, but embraces the contemporary influence of sample-based and electronic music. The band aims to create music that feeds off energy which builds through the act of creation.

6:15

The music of Omelette pivots between written and improvised music-making. The written serves to suggest a direction, feeling or colour, the improvised to see this idea and sound to the next one and so on. There is no expectation but to listen and trust. We like the music to dance and sing. We hear it as our folk music, made in the moment. Although influenced by all the music we listen to there is a nod to the folk music traditions of East and West Africa, Persia and Cuba, Miles Davis, Tony Allen, Ornette Coleman, Morton Feldman, Jimi Hendrix, Fela Kuti, Little Richard, Aretha Franklin, .................. you get the picture.

$10 full - $5 Concession (Cash Only)

$5 Concession

Apr
10
5:00 pm17:00

Michelle Nicole Quartet // Peter Koopman Trio

5:15 Michelle Nicolle Quartet 

The Michelle Nicolle Quartet are critically acclaimed as one of the most prolific and inventive jazz ensembles in the country.  Over the last 15 years they’ve released seven CDs and touring extensively throughout Australia and internationally – in 2015 to South Korea, Finland, and Czech Republic. This will be their first performance for Lebowskis

 “Michelle Nicolle stands above any other Jazz singer in the country....*****”
                                                                                        Weekend Australian

Geoff Hughes (guitar), Ronny Ferella (drums), Tom Lee (bass) 
 

6:15pm Peter Koopman Trio

Since leaving behind the lush, verdant countryside north of the mighty Waikato river in his native New Zealand in 2011, guitarist Peter Koopman has become a regular fixture on Sydney's music scene. In addition to (occasionally) leading his own trio, he also plays with Katie Noonan's Vanguard, Tim Firth's Scoredatura and organ group the Turtlenecks among various others. in 2014 Peter placed 3rd in the national jazz awards in Wangaratta. For his very first gigs in Melbourne as a leader, he will be joined by Sydney drummer Tim Geldens, as well as locals bass player Jordan Tarento. 

Apr
3
5:00 pm17:00

Improv Games Night

Curated by Ronny Ferella and Reuben Lewis, the “improv games Night” will feature two sets of improvised music with distinctly different approaches.  Ronny and Reuben will be joined by a house band and anyone who cares to join in.  Come to the 2pm rehearsal on the day, and you are in the game.  All instruments welcome. 

Set1

Using compositional material developed for his academic research into the enabling and disabling qualities of conventional and non-conventional music notation, composer and improviser Reuben Lewis will present a series of short sketches with improv games night participants .www.reubenlewis.com/fractured-spring/

 Set2

Dance for Steve Reid.  A dedication to the great American drummer/composer Steve Reid.  Having worked work with both Fela Kuti and Miles Davis Steve Reid championed the idea of free musical expression whilst laying down a deep groove.  For this set Ronny has assembled a house band which includes afrobeat devotess Zvi Belling (Public Opinion Orchestra) and Phil Bywater (Big Fela) Henry Hicks (30/70).  

Apr
3
5:00 pm17:00

Michelle Nicolle Quartet // Peter Koopman Trio (Syd/Melb)

5.15 Michelle Nicolle Quartet

The Michelle Nicolle Quartet are critically acclaimed as one of the most prolific and inventive jazz ensembles in the country.  Over the last 15 years they’ve released seven CDs and touring extensively throughout Australia and internationally – in 2015 to South Korea, Finland, and Czech Republic. This will be their first performance for Lebowskis

 “Michelle Nicolle stands above any other Jazz singer in the country....*****”
                                                                                        Weekend Australian

Geoff Hughes (guitar), Ronny Ferella (drums), Tom Lee (bass) 

6.15 Peter Koopman Trio

Since leaving behind the lush, verdant countryside north of the mighty Waikato river in his native New Zealand in 2011, guitarist Peter Koopman has become a regular fixture on Sydney's music scene. In addition to (occasionally) leading his own trio, he also plays with Katie Noonan's Vanguard, Tim Firth's Scoredatura and organ group the Turtlenecks among various others. in 2014 Peter placed 3rd in the national jazz awards in Wangaratta. For his very first gigs in Melbourne as a leader, he will be joined by Sydney drummer Tim Geldens, as well as local bass player Jordan Tarento.

Peter Koopman guitar  Jordan Tarento bass Tim Geldens drums

Mar
27
5:00 pm17:00

Lebowskis Development Residency: The First Baboon Civilisation // I Hold The Lion's Paw

Lebowskis proudly announces our successful Development Residency recipients for our first season.

5:15pm The First Baboon Civilisation

The First Baboon Civilisation was conceived out of a release made for Moontown Records. The release is an overdubbed recording, with the intention of it sounding like an undiscovered jazz ensemble from the 70's.
Now the group is a fully functioning collective, creating music through the use of graphic scores and free improvisation. The compositions are inspired by groups and musicians such as Art ensemble of Chicago, Sun Ra, Pharaoh Sanders, Horace Tapscott and The Pan-Afrikan People's Arkestra.

https://moontown.bandcamp.com/album/the-first-baboon-civilization

Development concept: To explore the possibilities within writing and performing graphic compositions for a large ensemble. 

I want to use this residency to trial new ideas using graphic scores, orchestrating and conventional notation for the large ensemble. The objective of the scores and orchestration is to make it simple, not to take away from the musicians deep listening and improvising. They will be supplying most the content and I will be supplying the structure. The notation elements will act as a platform to connect the group together as well as a launch pad for improvisation, the same way Ornette Coleman did with his compositions. I'm also interested in exploring music notation in unconventional ways by borrowing certain aspects of Anthony Braxton's compositions, such as his use of shapes and lines in amongst the notation. 

For this residency I will also be exploring the use of electronic manipulation. Certain members of the ensemble will morph the instrumentalists sound through the use of hardware effects, computer based software and live looping.

6:15pm I Hold The Lion's Paw

Reuben Lewis - trumpet, electronics
Jordan Murray - trombone
Jon Hunt - saxophones, clarinets
Geoff Hughes - guitar, electronics
Ronny Ferella - drums, percussion, electronics
Dave Brown - electric bass, prepared guitar

I Hold the Lion’s Paw represents a collective of musicians that have made music together for a number of years. Whilst the formations have modulated (duo, trio, quintet etc..) the creative intent behind the collective has remained one of research and exploration into three central subjects: groove music, group improvisation and transient compositional forms. These act almost as opposing gravitational pulls, with the musical result finding its own balance somewhere in between. 

Over the course of the Lebowskis Development Residency, I Hold the Lion’s Paw will develop a series of instrumental song-cycles that investigate in depth the surreal poetic landscapes cultivated through the poetry of the Persian Sufi Master, Shams-ud-din Muhammad Hafiz (c. 1320-1389).

www.reubenlewis.com
soundcloud.com/reubenlewis

Development Concept:

I intend to develop a series of instrumental song-cycles for six-piece electro/acoustic ensemble inspired by the poetry of the Persian Sufi Master, Shams-ud-din Muhammad Hafiz (c. 1320-1389).

The song cycles will be a collation of aural studies that investigate in depth the surreal poetic landscapes cultivated through Hafiz’s words. The umbrella title for the cycles will be “I Hold the Lion’s Paw” and will incorporate elements of South-Indian Carnatic music, Afrobeat, Guinea Pygmy and Echtzeitmusik (real-time music) traditions within its structural and compositional fabric.

Rather than a series of wholly complete or singular compositions the motivation behind the song cycles is to create a body of compositional cues that can be strung together with completely improvised sections, creating a kind of nonstop improvised suite.

This method of dovetailing material in a freer and quickly adaptable fashion is one that is familiar to the proposed ensemble. The original quintet was formed in early 2013 with the ultimate goal to develop a band that possesses the flexibility to regularly push composed material into uncharted territory and has the capacity to freely interpret mixtures of set structures and open arrangements. As a reference point, I continue to look to the Don Cherry Quintet: Live at Cafe Montmarte 1966 and his ‘Cocktail Pieces’ as well as the compositions of Tomasz Stanko and Anthony Braxton to inform my own approach of composition for this ensemble.

Each residency performance will expand on work from the previous concerts and rehearsals. This will take the form of new song-cycles, deeper exploration of existing material or most likely a combination of both. 

Mar
20
5:00 pm17:00

Connexus // Antelodic

5:15 pm Connexus

This band stems from a mutual desire to develop a collaborative approach to composition and performance. All four artists are established performers and composers whose musical collaboration spans over 20 years.  The collaboratively composed works are formed as each ensemble member writes a maximum eight bars before circulating it to the next composer. 

Anthony Schulz - accordion

 Jordan Murray- trombone

 Adam Starr - guitar

 Paul Williamson - trumpet

 

6:15pm Antelodic

Antelodic is an instrumental trio formed in 2012. Led by guitarist Robbie Melville and featuring the unique combination of two saxophones (Gideon Brazil – tenor sax/clarinet & Monty Mackenzie – alto sax/clarinet) with guitar, the trio continues a fifteen year musical relationship that draws equally on the jazz aesthetic of Jimmy Giuffre, the singer-songwriter tradition of Joni Mitchell, the deep soul of Krystle Warren, the atmospheric impressionism of Debussy, the folk stylings of Lau and the experimental sonic journeys of Bill Frisell. Think chamber jazz/folk, if you are able; gentle, optimistic, lyrical and engaging.

Robbie Melville - guitar

Gideon Brazil – tenor sax/clarinet

Monty Mackenzie – alto sax/clarinet