Double bill of two longtime Melbourne improv ensembles.
Founded in 2017 by Melbourne composer and trombonist Charles MacInnes, Ensemble Density is a collective of leading Australian instrumentalists specialising in the performance of improvised contemporary art music. Compositional responsibility is distributed evenly amongst each of the musical identities in the group, and performances are a collaborative process involving musician, listener, context, acoustic and medium – each with a distinctive creative voice.
Charles MacInnes – trombone, electronics
Tony Hicks – woodwind
Jeremy Alsop – electric bass guitar
Omelette is an ensemble of longtime collaborators making a deeply personal, eclectic and very Melbourne type of music.
“...charms with its warmth and bursts of stunning originality” John Shand
The music of Omelette pivots between written and improvised music-making. The written serves to suggest a direction, feeling or colour, the improvised to see this idea and sound to the next one and so on. There is no expectation but to listen and trust. “We like the music to dance and sing. We hear it as our folk music, made in the moment.” Although influenced by all the music we listen to there is a nod to the folk music traditions of East and West Africa, Persia and Cuba, Miles Davis, Tony Allen, Ornette Coleman, Morton Feldman, Jimi Hendrix, Fela Kuti, Little Richard, Aretha Franklin, .................. you get the picture.
Jordan Murray trombone
Stephen Magnusson guitar
Ronny Ferella drums