Dispositions: November tour with Phil Treloar

I arrived in Brisbane yesterday to begin rehearsals on Phil Treloar's composition Prashantarutasagaravati.  The premiere performances of this piece are part of tour of Brisbane and Melbourne with Dispositions, which is the name of Phil and my flexible duo.  For Prashanta, we are joined by Samuel Pankhurst (bass) and Scott McConnachie (sax).  For other concerts, we will be performing improvisations joined by a rotating crew including Sam and Scott, and also Scott Tinkler (tpt), Andy Butler (pno) and Adam Sussman (guitar).

Performance dates

November 19th at Just Percussion Studios (Newstead, QLD): The premiere of Treloar’s composition Prashantarutasagaravati. Free Entry.

November 20th at Just Percussion Studios (Newstead, QLD): Duo and quartet improvisations, with Scott McConnachie and Adam Sussman. Free Entry.

November 22nd at the Moreland City Band Hall (East Brunswick, VIC) presented by Lebowskis: Duo and quartet improvisations, with Samuel Pankhurst and Andy Butler. Tickets at the venue $10/5

November 23rd at the Northcote Town Hall (Northcote, VIC): The Melbourne premiere, and live recording, of Prashantarutasagaravati. Tickets through the Northcote Town Hall website, or at the venue, $15/10.

November 24th at The Brunswick Green (Brunswick, VIC): A night of flexible improvisations, with Scott McConnachie, Samuel Pankhurst and Scott Tinkler. Entry by donation

For more details please see the following links

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Boubacar (or, my new solo album is coming soon!)

In June this year I recorded my debut solo album, Counter Clockwork.  Last weekend, I received the mastered copies of the album, so there's only a few final touches before it's ready to release. Here's a taste of what to come: Boubacar, a track inspired by the great American Jazz drummer Ed Blackwell and the great Senegalese Sufi drummer Boubacar Diagne.  I know it's a bit cliche - but if you can find yourself a decent set of headphones or speakers, it'll sound much better... the bass is pretty bass-y on this one!



"Unreservedly freaky free jazz in a big empty room in Maylands" - Club Zho 121 Review

Earlier this week, I travelled to Perth to take part in Club Zho 121, presented by Tura New Music.  I performed solo and as part of a quartet, with Perth locals Jameson Feakes, Lindsay Vickery and Djuna Lee.  The concert was reviewed for Cool Perth Nights, and you can read the full review here.  A couple of excerpts are below:

"He begins with slow, contemplative strikes of upturned china cymbals placed on drumskins, the clanging notes allowed to ring out, revealing their spectral complexities as they fade into silence. This peaceful introduction makes way for a phantasmagoria of wild, overlapping textures, variable polyrhythms, cacophonous improvisation and inexplicable infectious pseudo-grooves. "
"And now McLean has finished his beer and he’s playing a rapid-fire drum solo on the empty bottle, exploring the crude object’s range of pitch and timbre. And then incorporating it into a wild percussive squall, along with cowbell and cymbal hiss and rubber wrists. And all of it building to a fiendish, blood-quickening cacophony and filling the room, squealing and racing and booming and crashing."

Special thanks to Josten Myburgh for making it all happen.