The Plains at Stonnington Jazz Festival
Peter Knight trumpet/electronics/composition
Andrea Keller piano/composition
Georgie Darvidis voice
Tilman Robinson electronics
Lizzy Welsh violin
Aviva Endean clarinets
James Macaulay trombone
Jacques Emery double bass
Simon Barker drum kit
We are proud to present the concert program The Plains at Stonnington Jazz Festival on Sunday 12 May, fresh from its world premiere at the Jazztopad Festival in Wroclaw, Poland in 2018.
Inspired by iconic Australian author Gerald Murnane’s vision of the Australian interior, Peter Knight's The Plains creates a series of musical mirages that form an endless sonic horizon, reflecting and reimagining the wide open spaces of the Australian landscape. The program also includes Peter Knight's Sharp Folds (2018) and Andrea Keller's Hurry Slowly II (2018), which draws together influences from jazz, contemporary classical and minimalism to create a sound that is at once evocative, sensual and challenging.
This show is part of the Chapel Off Chapel Concert Series, the Stonnington Jazz Festival specially curated concerts that bring a massive line-up of special events to the hallmark live entertainment venue right in the heart of the bustling nightspot in Prahran.
Andrea Keller is a Lecturer in Music (Jazz & Improvisation) at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, the University of Melbourne, and one of Australia’s most celebrated composers and pianists, lauded for her originality and expressivity. She has received three ARIA Awards, five Australian Jazz ‘Bell’ Awards, two Art Music Awards, an APRA Professional Development Award, and fellowships from the MCA/Freedman Foundation and the Australia Council.
With a growing body of work traversing styles, Keller has been invited to compose and arrange music for e Sydney Women’s Jazz Collective (2016), The Letter String Quartet (2016), The Song Company (2015), Marshall McGuire (harp)(2015), Zephyr (string) Quartet (2015 & 2014), Black Arm Band (2012-current), Genevieve Lacey & James Crabb Duo (2014), ‘Poetica’ ABC Radio National (2013), Genevieve Lacey (recorder) (2013), Four Winds Festival (2010), ANU Canberra (2010), Claire Edwardes (percussionist) (2010), Melbourne Women’s International Jazz Festival (2010, 2003, 2000), Seraphim Trio (2009), Ten Part Invention (2009), Royal Children’s Hospital (2008), Mike Nock (2002), Australian Art Orchestra (2002).
Australian trumpeter/composer/sound artist, Peter Knight, is a multidisciplinary musician who has gained wide acclaim for his distinctive approach, which integrates jazz, experimental, and world music traditions. Peter’s work as both performer and composer is regularly featured in a range of ensemble settings, he also composes for theatre, and creates sound installations.
Perpetually curious, Peter’s practice defies categorisation; indeed he works in the spaces between categories, between genres, and between cultures: “Hard to categorise... hauntingly memorable” The Wire (UK). “Falling into an utterly genre-less wormhole” Cyclic Defrost. “Honest, inventive and original” Hour Magazine Montreal. “A serious work of stringent originality” BBC Jazz on 3. “If trumpet is an element then Knight is an alchemist” New York City Jazz Record.
Peter is the recipient of numerous awards including recently the Albert H. Ma s Composition Award, the Age/Music Victoria award for Jazz Album of the Year, and a Green Room Theatre Award (with Tamara Saulwick). In 2013 he was awarded a prestigious Australia Council Music Fellowship. He is the recipient of two Bell Jazz Awards, along with nominations for the Australian Music Prize (AMP, for Daughter’s Fever), APRA/AMC Art Music Awards, Green Room Theatre and Helpmann Awards (sound design), and AIR Independent Recording. He holds a doctorate from Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and was awarded Alumnus of the Year in 2013.