Sunday, February 25, 2007

Debut of new band

SOUND LOUNGE, Seymour Centre, cnr. City Rd & Cleveland St, Chippendale, Sydney
Friday March 23 @ 8:30pm

Last year Mark Isaacs recorded a new CD of his original music in Los Angeles at Capitol Studios, Hollywood which will be released later in the year. Recorded and mixed by Chick Corea's long-time engineer Bernie Kirsh the band was an Australian/USA coalition featuring such American luminaries as drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, saxophonist Bob Sheppard and bassist Jay Anderson, with Mark and guitarist James Muller (plus Mark's tunes and producing) holding up the Aussie side.

Mark has formed an all-Australian version of the band to play the brand new material he has written since the recording. He is planning a national tour later in the year and the band will feature in the Queensland Music Festival in July, but meantime this is the debut of the new line-up and material.

Acclaimed internationally as a jazz pianist and classical concert hall composer, Mark Isaacs's engaging, challenging and often intricate jazz compositions take centre-stage in this quintet project following his earlier highly regarded trio explorations of standards

.......As ever with Isaacs, it is direct, concentrated and free-wheeling, as playful and serious as art can be..... - Australian Financial Review

Mark Isaacs (piano) James Muller (guitar) Matt Keegan (saxophone) Brett Hirst (bass) Tim Firth (drums)

$18, $14 students/Jazz Action/Jazzgroove members, $12 SIMA members BOOKINGS 9351 7940

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Premiere of Koto piece

Koto virtuoso Satsuki Odamura premiered my piece Chinkon for bass koto in the Japanese section of Townsville cemetery last Saturday night. This was a performance for invited guests as a preview before the full multimedia work In Repose (involving dance, video and pieces by other composers) is presented to the public in May. My wife Jewel and myself flew there for the occasion. The music was presented with original choreography danced by Wakako Asano of the Sydney Dance Company. It was a truly magical night.