JUNE 22: THE NEW IMPROMPTU QUARTET AND SPECIAL GUEST MIKEY CHAN
Exploring a world of styles and influences from jazz to latin, funk, drum n bass and soul with a fresh and open musical approach the New Impromptu Quartet comprises pianist Alexander Nettelbeck , bassist Rory Brown and drummer Andrew Horneman. Joining the group for this show will be guitarist Mikey Chan. The New Impromptu Quartet's range is diverse: energetic danceable grooves, deep rhythmic bass lines and driving percussion characterise the quartet's sound. The band will be playing a selection of original compositions and arrangements of some of their favourite standards.
Venue and ticket info:
Where: Alliance Française de Melbourne's Basement, 51 Grey St, St Kilda.
Dates: Thursday 22 June at 8pm
Time: Doors open at 7:30pm. 2 sets performed between 8pm and 10pm.
Tickets: Full $20 / AFM members $15. Advanced online bookings recommended as places are limited
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Only one discount ticket per member (unless you hold a family membership) - membership cards will be checked on the night.
Introducing the band
Mikey Chan is a guitarist who has recorded and collaborated on many albums including (UK) Mercury Music Prize winning album, "Speech Therapy", Grammy Award-winning producer M-Phazes' ARIA Award winning album,"'Good Gracious!", Bliss and Eso's Platinum selling album "Circus In The Sky", and Hip Hop artist Pharoahe Monch's (US) highly acclaimed album "W.A.R" - where Mikey's guitar playing features alongside the distinctive vocals of Grammy Award winning vocalist Jill Scott. Mikey's guitar playing can be found on recordings with award-winning artists Roots Manuva, Jean Grae, Lotek, TZU, Renee Geyer, ILLY, Diafrix, Daniel Merriweather Kimbra and many more.
Piano - Pianist, keyboardist and music producer Alexander Nettelbeck's compositions have featured in dance/ theatre, film, and on radio& television. As band member and musical director Alexander has performed on headlining tours of festivals and venues in Australia, Europe, Japan and New Zealand. Alexander has performed and recorded with artists including Kate Ceberano, Ju Ju Space Jazz, Triple J unearthed winner, Vassy, Deni Hines, Pete Hemsley’s Sons Of Invention, sound artist and former student of esteemed composer Luciano Berio, Lazzaro Ciccolella, Pat Powell, Aleoop, Gordon Harvey, Uneq'ka (US), the Alexander Nettelbeck Trio, with drummer Simone White and bassist Jonathan Zion and the New Impromptu Quartet to name a few. His playing encompasses music styles from jazz, to reggae, boogie to rnb, and world music.
With a love and passion for African percussion, jazz , world music and communicating though dynamic performances on the drums, Andy brings these exciting elements into music making. Andy also works with World Vision ambassador Levi McGrath and is co founder of a number of music education projects in Australia and Africa. Andy's work to date has included recording 3 studio albums with Levi McGrath (Melbourne singer songwriter) and a number of other recording projects including his own solo work. He has toured extensively through Australia and overseas and performs regularly nationally with Levi McGrath, and with artists such as Rezzalp, Alexander Nettelbeck , the New Impromptu Quartet, Mandy Meadows & The Honeytons and Rita Satch.
Rory Brown is a bassist with a wide range of local and international experience, and you may hear influences from almost any musical culture of the globe. He has performed with the legendary saxophonist Charles Gayle (USA); Jill Barber (Canada); Mani Neumieier (Germany) Ras Daniel Ray (Jamaica). In Australia Rory has worked extensively with master Ethiopian vocalist Dereb Desalegn (Dereb The Ambassador); “Arabesk” a unique blend of world music influences; urban roots collective ‘The Strides”; Australian blues sensation Ray Beadle; seminal Dutch Free Jazz artist Kris Wanders and the township jive music of southern Africa with Chris Gudu from Zimbabwe.
'Jazzy Jeudi' concert series 2017
Throughout the year, Jazzy Jeudi (meaning 'Jazzy Thursday' in French) will feature various jazz performers once a month on a Thursday evening, often incorporating a component of French language or a repertoire of French music. The performances will be held in the intimate concert space in the basement salon of the Alliance Française.
Jazzy Jeudi is a follow on from the successful St Kilda Summer Jazz 2016 event, which presented a series of concerts over one weekend with artists performing at a range of venues in St Kilda.
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