Thursday, 17 September 2015 23:00


Antipodes Antipodes
Hard-hitting jazz meets Scandinavian inspired pop and Australasian roots in this powerful collaboration!

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.
Having extensively toured Australia and New Zealand last year, Antipodes are back on the road again, with shows in Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Hobart before they head to New Zealand.

Antipodes was formed after Baxendale met Sweeting at a jam session in Berlin in 2013. Their musical connection became immediately apparent and they began writing and performing original compositions together. 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.

After returning from their time overseas they set to work touring NZ and Australia with an expanded group in early 2014, producing several live recordings and garnering positive reviews from critics. Motueka born guitarist Callum Allardice, a frequent collaborator of Jake’s, joined them in NZ and contributed a number of his own compositions. The new sextet also features Sydney musicians Simon Ferenci (trumpet) of Mothership Orchestra fame, one of Sydney’s hardest working double bassists Max Alduca and Harry Day of electro-pop band Beaten Bodies.

Jake Baxendale (saxophone) 
Luke Sweeting (piano) 
Callum Allardice (guitar) 
Simon Ferenci (trumpet) 
Max Alduca (bass) 
Harry Day (drums)