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


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.


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.