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Jean-Baptiste Bridon (France) Meets the Mace Francis Orchestra

Wednesday 08 May 7.00pm

Tonight the Mace Francis Orchestra will be present a duel program featuring the music from French composer and trumpet player Jean-Baptiste Bridon and Perth composer Mace Francis.

Jean-Baptiste is a multi-instrumentalist and composer, based in Paris. As a plays with French pop singers, contemporary dance companies and as a free lance jazz musician, performing over 1000 concerts since 2006. in 2018 he established his own jazz orchestra called the Human Palace Orchestra which crosses genres and styles but puts melody and good times as the main focus. Jean-Baptiste will join MFO on trumpet and share his compositions with Perth audiences for the first time.

The Mace Francis Orchestra (MFO) was formed late in 2005 by band-leader and composer Mace Francis to experiment with composition, in the style of the great modern big bands lead by Bob Brookmeyer, Thad Jones, Bill Holman and Maria Schneider.  The result has been the coming together of 14 of Perth’s finest musician’s and composers to create exciting new music for big band.

Over the last 14 years MFO has recorded 7 CDs, toured nationally four times and performed with international jazz artists, Jim Pugh (USA), Jon Gordon (NY), John Hollenbeck (Berlin), Theo Bleckmann (NY), Ed Partyka (GER) and Satoko Fujii (JAP). In 2015 MFO was awarded the APRA/AMCOS Art Music Award for Jazz Work of the Year for their recent album, Music for Average Photography.

With swirling saxophones, big brass and a driving rhythm section their performances are filled with energy, humour, raw energy and sophistication.  A little big band that punches above it weight.

Saxophones: Ben Collins, Dan Hart, Brett Smith, Mark Sprogowski

Trumpet: Ricki Malet, Matthew McGlynn, Matt Smith

Trombone: Blake Phillips, Catherine Noblet, Rob Coleman

Guitar: Jacob Mitchell

Bass: Wayne Slater

Drums: Greg Brenton

Conductor: Mace Francis

“These layered compositions and scoring convey colour, atmosphere and movement far more effectively and with greater interest than the stock standard arrangements often heard from big bands.  Francis, understandably, has attracted international interest with his outstanding orchestra and compelling compositions.”

John McBeath – The Weekend Australian Newspaper

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