A classical and steel-string guitarist, Guy was trained in Italy and discovered Brazilian music while studying in the UK. In 1984 he travelled to India with Roger Frampton's band and had an epiphany (that's how it goes with India). Currently completing a PhD, his stellar career has seen him perform at national and international jazz festivals and receive APRA, AIR and IAP nominations and an APRA award as well as the Australia Council Music Fellowships.
Sarah Belkner : voice
Lucian McGuiness : trombophone
Dan Junor : saxomaphone
Paul Cutlan : clarinets and things
Aaron Flower : leccy guitar
Jonothan Zwartz : contra-bass
James Hauptmann : drums
Fabian Hevia : other hitting things
Strings led by Rachel Pogson
Lucian McGuiness is a composer, arranger and musical director in jazz, circus-theatre and contemporary pop arenas. My Goodness McGuiness mixes some of Sydney's finest improvisors and groove masters with skilful arranging and writing.
“There is pure quality to the McGuiness tone, coupled with a less-is-more approach.”
— Limelight Magazine
"Bithe as a bee in spring"
– Sydney Morning Herald
Also talented arranger, musical director and songwriter, vocalist Sarah Belkner has a signature sound that ferries catchy, emotional lyrical depth and vocal ear candy for days to a rich beautifully strange world of complex, subtle and layered arrangements.
“This is Ecstasy” – John Clare, Sydney Morning Herald
Master guitarist and experimental composer, Guy Strazz, returns with the exciting Eastern Blues Quartet to Colbourne Ave. Experimental jazz nuanced with Indian classical music and Latin funk where the scintillating sounds of two guitars are driven by a hard swinging, vibrant rhythm section.
Comments from last month’s performance at Jazzgroove:
‘EBQ - Blending aspects of jazz, Indian, blues and Latin music. In fact, the word "aspects" is probably redundant, so completely are the component parts integrated, providing the players with unique rhythmic and melodic fields upon which to unleash their improvising skills’. J. Shand SMH
‘Oh. My. God!’ Ben Panucci, director @ Jazzgroove
‘Brilliant!’ David Rasko (spectator and guitarist)
Eastern Blues takes influence from Ravi Shankar and the Coltranes to name just a few - an approach coupled with a strong sense of the improvisational elements of Indian music.
Impressive **** Jazz & Beyond
"Guy Strazz is amongst the most lyrical players in the land, the influence of the Indian sitar tradition can be traced beside that of the the combustive fire of Brazil and the explosive virtuosity of the likes of John McLaughlin and Egberto Gismonti" - John Shand, The Sydney Morning Herald.
Guy Strazz – electric guitar
Aaron Flower – electric guitar
Toby Hall – drum-kit
Hugh Fraser – electric bass
Amphibious continues our series of fine music concerts. It's jazz, influenced by chamber music. It's experimental, in a beautiful way. Sometimes it's a bit like Bach. It's great musicians playing whatever they want, the sort of improvisation our lounges love.
Their website is excellent: http://www.amphibious.net.au
(and somehow, against all the odds, Amphibious got an article in the inner west courier!)
Playing Jazz spiced with Afro-Brazilian rhythms, the band includes long time collaborator and bass man, Hugh Fraser; distinguished emerging guitarist, Aaron Flower and American percussionist Chris Field. Read more at guystrazz.com, or check the great story while you listen at myspace.com/guystrazzmusic
This is a special one-off FRIDAY concert, to celebrate the birthdays of Guy and Aaron!
cnr Colbourne Ave and St Johns Road, Glebe ( google map )
Thursdays from 8pm
anything you like - dinner, snacks, beverages, friends (glasses provided).
$20 / $10 concession for all concerts
Comfortable lounges, candlelight, all ages welcome.
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