'Blueprints' Trio Australia & New Zealand Tour April 2019 / by Steve Barry

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Over the next month I'm taking a new trio on tour around Australia and New Zealand to premiere some new music written over the summer. The Blueprints Trio features the exceptional talents of drummer Alex Inman-Hislop and bassist Jacques Emery (recently touring with the Australian Art Orchestra), and the material is a sequel of sorts to Blueprints & Vignettes, released early last year. That record was long-listed for the 14th Australian Music Prize and received a 4-star review from John Shand in the Sydney Morning Herald - here's a little of what he had to say:

...besides carving some challenging notated figures for his collaborators, he allows the music to unravel into pools of free improvisation in which mood and interaction predominate over any predetermined concepts. The album becomes a dialogue between the concrete and the abstract, and not always with the composed elements fulfilling the former role and the improvised the latter. Perhaps that is partly what makes it so gripping...

You can find the full review here.

I'm also over the moon to be visiting Tasmania and playing with Australian jazz legend Ted Vining for the first time, as well as reuniting with some old comrades in Cameron McArthur and Ron Samson in Auckland, with an ongoing bass-less trio with Jamie Oehlers and Daniel Susnjar in Perth, and two new 'standards' trio combinations in Melbourne and Brisbane.

Tour Dates

- w/ Jacques Emery (bass) and Alex Inman-Hislop (drums) unless otherwise noted.

31st March - SYDNEY | Venue 505 Sunday Sessions, 7pm

1st April  - ADELAIDE | COMA at the Wheatsheaf, 7:30pm

6th April - HOBART | MONA, The Nolan Gallery, 1-4pm

7th April - ULVERSTONE | Jazz @ The Wharf, 3-5:30pm. Standards Trio w/ Nick Haywood (bass), Ted Vining (drums)

9th April - AUCKLAND | Auckland Jazz & Blues Club. Standards Trio w/ Cam McArthur (bass), Ron Samson (drums)

10th April - AUCKLAND | Creative Jazz Club Aotearoa (CJC)

11th April - WELLINGTON | Wellington Jazz Co-Op (WJC)

13th April - MELBOURNE | Uptown Jazz Cafe. Standards Trio w/ Ben Hanlon (bass), Danny Fischer (drums)

14th April - MELBOURNE | Melbourne Jazz-Co-op at the JazzLab

17th April - PERTH | Perth Jazz Society at the Ellington Jazz Club. w/ Jamie Oehlers (tenor), Daniel Susnjar (drums). Double bill w/ Sarah Ramsey Group.

20th April - BRISBANE | Doo-Bop Jazz Bar. Standards Trio w/ Luke McIntosh (bass), Aaron Jansz (drums)

24th April - SYDNEY | Foundry 616

In early May we'll also be heading into the studio, with a launch planned by the end of the year. In the meantime, hope to see you at one of the shows!