Meeting Points Arts Centre Melbourne

Breath and Circles

Presented by Arts Centre Melbourne, and the Australian Art Orchestra


Saturday 26th May 2pm

Duration: 2 hours, including interval

Hamer Hall, stalls foyer



Peter Knight - Curator of Meeting Points 

Christopher Hale - composer, bass

Simon Barker - drums

Andrea Keller - piano

Hannah Kim - jangu (Korean drum)

Sam Gill - saxophone

Gian Slater - voice

Jem Savage - producer


From the Air is part of an ongoing series presented by the Australian Art Orchestra at Arts Centre Melbourne.


In a series of intimate concerts, Meeting Points brings together unexpected musical styles to create electrifying collaborations. Featuring an incredible line-up of international artists accompanied by Australia’s leading contemporary music ensemble, the Australian Art Orchestra.

Breath and Circles  

Curated and composed by bassist Christopher Hale and featuring Chloe Kim (Seoul) drum kit and percussion, Andrea Keller (piano), Hannah Kim (Seoul) jangu Korean drum, Gian Slater voice, Simon Barker (Sydney) drum kit, Sam Gill (Sydney) saxophone.

Breath and Circles focusses on the intersection of Korean rhythms and contemporary jazz and deepens explorations into this area that the Australian Art Orchestra has been engaged in for more than ten years. It brings together irresistible melodies with the driving energy of Korean shaman percussion traditions in a set of compositions by long-time student of Korean music and AAO associate, Christopher Hale, along with some of the best improvisers in Australia and international guests. This is a once off and will be an unforgettable musical journey.

ABOUT Christopher Hale – composition and bass guitar

Bass guitarist Christopher Hale is recognised as ‘one of the most unique and respected musicians in Australia’ (Glam, Adelaide) and an ‘Australian jazz heavyweight and a brilliant, ground breaking composer’ (Rhythms magazine). Growing up playing Brazilian music and Flamenco, Hale has always involved himself in musical traditions, bringing the essence of these styles into his own unique vision. Following a chance encounter in 2011, he fell in love with traditional Korean drumming and has since been performing and studying in Korea, learning the Korean rhythm system called hohup.

ABOUT Andrea Keller – piano

Long-time AAO associate and one of the most celebrated musicians Australia has produced, Andrea Keller is dedicated to the performance and creation of contemporary jazz and improvised music, described as having “one of Australia’s most consistently interesting musical minds” (Doug Spencer 2007).

Andrea is the winner of three ARIA Awards, four Australian Jazz ‘Bell’ Awards, an Art Music Award, and fellowships from the MCA/Freedman Foundation and the Australia Council. She has led and devised projects such as The Andrea Keller Quintet/Quartet, The Bartok Project, Three Lanes, From Ether, The Company of Pianos, The Komeda Project and, most recently, Transients and Still Night: Music in Poetry. She has also released numerous albums including six by the AKQ, two for solo piano, two by Keller/Murphy/Browne, as well as albums with Three Lanes, The Bartok project, The Hush Collection, The Bennetts Lane Big Band and Tim Wilson.

ABOUT Simon Barker – drum kit and percussion

Internationally renowned for the intensity and dynamic of his playing, Simon’s deep involvement with and interpretation of South Korean aesthetic ideas and shamanic rhythms on the western drum kit has considerably extended the vocabulary of Australian jazz. Simon grounded himself in improvised music through his studies in Australia with John Collins, and in New York with John Riley, Keith Copeland, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Kim Plainfield and Mike Clarke. He has performed and conducted workshops throughout Australia, Europe, Asia and the USA with a wide range of artists.

ABOUT Chloe Kim – drum kit and percussion

Yeajee (Chloe) Kim grew up in Seoul and is now based in Sydney. She is rapidly gaining a reputation as one of the most dynamic young drummers on the Sydney scene. Her interest in jazz and Korean traditional forms has led her to explore diverse musical traditions and rhythms including in the collective, Improper Citation. Chloe has performed in Sydney Vivid/International Jazz Festival and the MONA gallery in Tasmania and is involved in many other ensembles, including Ta Go Lak, a percussion trio alongside Simon Barker.

ABOUT Gian Slater – voice

Prodigious vocalist and composer Gian Slater is one of Australia’s most sought-after and inventive creative musicians, known for her superb musicianship, pioneering vision for vocal music and powerful artistic integrity. Slater is widely respected for her agile, pure voice and virtuosic improvisational ability, making her unique among singers as both a valued sideman as well as soloist. She is a prolific composer, with 7 albums of original music ranging from artsong, contemporary classical works, electronica, jazz and rock, to large-scale works for her acclaimed 20-piece vocal ensemble, Invenio. In 2012, she received the prestigious Creative Australia Fellowship for innovation and excellence.

ABOUT Hannah Kim – jan-gu

Hannah Kim learned the jangu (Korean ‘hourglass’ drum) in Korea before moving to Sydney and has since developed a strong practice that draws in her training in Korean music while exploring experimental, contemporary and improvised music.

She has participated in many experimental and contemporary projects in Korea and Australia including Tagolak with Simon Barker, Dam’Tta, and Hanyang Korean traditional Orchestra.

ABOUT Sam Gill – saxophone

Sam Gill is a saxophonist & composer based in Sydney. His music explores the intersections of composed and improvised music, appearing in his own groups Coursed Waters & Scattered as well as the collectives Mind on Fire & Microfiche. He has also played with a number of Australia’s most acclaimed improvisers including Simon Barker and Chris Hale, as well as world-music ensemble Mara!


Meeting Points is supported by City of Melbourne

Meeting Points is supported by City of Melbourne