Four new album launches at Stonnington Jazz 2017

Press Release | 18 April 2017

Stonnington Jazz will run from 11-21 May this year and in a festival first, it will play host to four exclusive album launches.

On Thursday 18 May, two renowned local artists Parvyn Singh (The Bombay Royale) and Hue Blanes launch their debut album I Choose You at the David Williamson Theatre. The album beautifully captures their contrasting musical and cultural lineages, giving a modern twist on the romantic jazz duets of the

‘30s and ‘40s. Featuring Blanes on vocals, piano, harmonium and accordion and Singh on vocals and sitar. Hear dream-like songs reminiscent of a time forgotten.

The Monash Art Ensemble, a project of Monash University’s Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, join forces with the Young Wagilak Group of South East Arnhem Land to premiere a new multi-movement suite by Paul Grabowsky titled Nyilipidgi (ABC Records) launching on Friday 19 May at Malvern Town Hall. Featuring master musicians Daniel Ngukurr Boy Wilfred and David Yipinni Wildred, this collaboration blends the musical heritage of Australia’s first people with contemporary composition and improvisation, to celebrate the reconciliatory power of music.

Sharny Russell has had an extraordinary career as an educator, writer and musician.

With multiple works published in The Australian Jazz Real Book and the Australian Hymn book, she has written over 160 songs and four musicals and even completed a stint as music director on the iconic Australian television show Here’s Humphrey. Launching her new album Comes A Time, the APRA Award winning pianist/vocalist/composer presents compositions and classic standards for one night only, on Friday 19 May at the David Williamson Theatre. Heartfelt, genuine and commanding, Russell’s repertoire is fresh and original, whilst divinely musical and accessible for new fans of the jazz genre. 

Showcasing beautiful musicianship and an effortless piano style, Brenton Foster will release his new record The Nature of Light in the Chapel off Chapel Gallery on Saturday 13 May. The Nature of Light is inspired by the essence of colour in our everyday world; the way in which the rainbow kaleidoscopic lens through which we view our world is shaped through our emotional, linguistic and learned associations.

The album follows on from Foster’s celebrated debut Two Cities (nominated for Best Jazz Album at the 2016 Age Music Victoria Awards). Audiences will be surrounded by specially curated visual artworks by Foster that speak of the inspiration behind his compositions. Spaces strictly limited.

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