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Matt O'Brien Quartet // Callum Watson & Joel Hands-Otte

Doors at 5pm
$10 full // $5 concession

5:15pm - Matt O'Brien Quartet

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Matt O'Brien - trombone
Theo Carbo - guitar
Hiroki Hoshino - bass
Lewis Pierre - drums

A new band from trombonist Matt O'Brien performing his latest compositions.



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6:15pm - Callum Watson & Joel Hands-Otte

Callum Watson - piano
Joel Hands-Otte - clarinet

Callum Watson and Joel Hands-Otte together explore the possibilities of fusing their two vastly different musical backgrounds. Acclaimed pianist and composer Callum Watson comes from a commercial background, having played over the years in a number of mainstream rock and pop groups whilst also exploring his passion for art music styles such as jazz and classical. Commercialism and accessibility are consequently very present in his playing giving him good successes. Critics see Callum “emerging as one of Australia’s most exciting composers and pianists”. Bass clarinetist Joel Hands-Otte, on the other hand, comes from a far more academic background, having studied a BMus (Honours) specialising in new complexity music. Having played in ensembles such as the Monash Art Ensemble, Joel, while also highly fluent in jazz and classical performance, takes his improvisational vocabulary mainly from sound art and new complexity performance practice.

In this project, Callum and Joel will marry their commercial and new complexity approaches to jazz/classical improvisation with a unique freeform improvised performance. This will contain material that stems from a selection of Callum’s jazz/classical fusion compositions that were featured on a CD release called ‘Echoes of Earth’, a recording project featuring Callum, Joel and flautist Jessica Zuk. The two will start from these notated beginnings then delve further and further through improvisation into uncharted territory.

Lebowskis acknowledges that this event will take place on the lands of the Wurundjeri tribe of the Kulin nation, and pays respects to their elders past, present, and emerging.