The Australian Art Orchestra and Arts Centre Melbourne present:

Meeting Points Series: Old Grooves for New Streets featuring Dung Nguyen

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Where: Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
When: Sunday 23 June, 5pm
How Much: $28


Dung Nguyen
- Dan tranh, dan bau, modified electric guitar

Peter Knight - Composition, trumpet, electronics

Ray Pereira - Congas, djembe, balafon

Cheryl Durongpisitkul - Saxophones

Christopher Hale – electric bass guitar

James McLean – drum kit

Meeting Points Series

Hand to Earth, Sun 23 Sept 2018

im/modesty, Sun 9 Dec 2018

Umi no uzu, Sun 3 Feb 2019

See some of Australia’s most influential world jazz musicians in this one-off intimate concert.

Meeting Points is a series of intimate concerts that bring 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. 

This iteration of the Meeting Points concert series is called Old Grooves for New Streets, and features Vietnamese-born, Sydney-based multi-instrumental virtuoso, Dung Nguyen.

A chance meeting in 2001 between trumpeter/composer, Peter Knight (now Artistic Director of the Australian Art Orchestra), and Vietnamese traditional music virtuoso, Dung Nguyen, marked the beginning of a remarkable collaboration and led to the formation of iconic world jazz sextet Way Out West. Old Grooves for New Streets brings this collaboration into the world of the Australian Art Orchestra and will mark the first time Dung and Peter have performed together for ten years. 

Dung learnt his instruments, which include the 16-stringed Vietnamese zither, the dan tranh, and the dan bau (the single stringed zither) from his grandfather while growing up in Vietnam, continuing a tradition of many generations. He came to Australia when he was 16 and continued his studies at Monash University where he developed a love of jazz and won prizes for his jazz guitar playing. Later he brought the two streams of his musical life together in Way Out West.  

Old Grooves for New Streets will feature new arrangements of Peter Knight’s compositions written for Dung and Way Out West from the four albums they made together that propelled them onto international stages. The concert will also feature founding Way Out West member, Ray Pereira, and young firebrand saxophonist Cheryl Durongpisitkul making her debut with the Australian Art Orchestra.

About the Meeting Point Series

A concert series for the curious, curated by Peter Knight.

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. Experience a curated lineup of never-before-seen works, electrifying improvisations and cross-cultural collaborations.

Meeting Points Series is a creative collaboration between Australian Art Orchestra and Arts Centre Melbourne. More info here.

ABOUT Dung Nguyen – dan tranh, dan bau, modified electric guitar

Dung is one of Australia’s leading Vietnamese traditional musicians and is also a jazz guitarist. Among his instruments are the dan tranh, dan bau, dan nhi and dan nguyet all of which he learnt from his grandfather continuing a tradition of many generations. In addition to being a founding member of the internationally acclaimed cross-cultural ensemble, Way Out West, Dung has toured and recorded with a variety of Australian and international artists. Dung is also a composer and has written music for productions including Vietnamese Youth Media’s Aussie Biaom and Vietboy from Downunder and Melbourne Theatre Company for its production, Coup D’tat.

ABOUT Peter Knight – composition, trumpet, electronics

Peter Knight is a multidisciplinary musician who has gained wide acclaim for his distinctive approach, which integrates jazz, experimental, and world music traditions. In 2013 he was appointed Artistic Director of the Australian Art Orchestra, which features his compositions internationally with recent highlights including London Jazz Festival, Jazztopad (Poland), and Melbourne Festival. Peter’s work as both performer and composer is also regularly featured in a range of other ensemble settings, and he also composes for theatre, creates sound installations. 

ABOUT Ray Pereira – congas, djembe, balafon

Ray Pereira was a founding member of Way Out West and is one of the most accomplished and best-known percussionists in Australia. He grew up in Sri Lanka and made his home in Australia in his late teens, and has lived in West Africa and the USA. As a musician he is able to move with ease from his Sri Lankan folk drumming roots to African drumming traditions through Cuban and Brazilian styles, and is also a sought after musician in jazz and popular contexts. Ray has performed with a stellar array of local and international artists including: Paul Grabowsky, Kate Ceberano, Christine Anu, Paul Kelly, Yothu Yindi, Archie Roach, Ruby Hunter, David Hirschfelder, Arthur Blyth, Nii Tettey Tetteh, the Kusun Ensemble, Bobby Previt, Ricky Martin, Isaac Hayes, and The Africa Boys. 

ABOUT Cheryl Durongpisitkul – saxophones  

Young firebrand saxophonist and composer, Cheryl Durongpisitkul, is one of the rising stars of next generation of Australian jazz. She has studied internationally with heavyweights including Vijay Iyer, Esperanza Spalding, Ravi Coltrane, and Wadada Leo Smith and in 2017 released her debut album Follow Me Through the Red Ash. She also plays in various collaborative bands in Melbourne including Koi Kingdom, SPIRE and the Jazzlab Orchestra for which she composes, arranges and directs. 

ABOUT Christopher Hale – electric bass guitar

Growing up playing Brazilian music and flamenco guitar, Christopher Hale has always involved himself in diverse musical traditions bringing the essence of different approaches 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 with the support of a prestigious Freedman Fellowship. 

 ‘An Australian jazz heavyweight and a brilliant, ground breaking composer’ (Rhythms magazine). 

ABOUT James McLean – drum kit 

James is one of the most exciting young drummers on the Australian jazz and improvised music scene. He is a regular member of bands led by Andrea Keller, Paul Grabowsky, Tamara Murphy, and Eugene Ball. He also performs solo drum kit synthesising elements from non-western music practice including Korean and Japanese traditions into his distinctive practice. 

ABOUT the Australian Art Orchestra

The Australian Art Orchestra’s work, under the leadership of daring composer/trumpeter/sound artist Peter Knight, constantly seeks to stretch genres and break down the barriers separating disciplines, forms and cultures. It explores the interstices between the avant-garde and the traditional, between art and popular music, between electronic and acoustic approaches, and creates music that traverse the continuum between improvised and notated forms. 

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