Maximillian Wickham & Joshua Nicholls Album Preview
Monday 08 March 7.00pm
2020 PJS Recording Opportunity winners Maximillian Wickham and Joshua Nicholls present an evening of original and innovative large ensemble jazz. Join Max and Josh as they prepare to record their debut albums, to be released in June 2021.
Maximillian Wickham Triskaidectet:
Maximillian Wickham is a jazz saxophonist and composer based in Perth. In 2019, Max attained a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours in Jazz from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. He has performed with artists including the Mace Francis Orchestra (PER), Sam Anning (MEL), Daniel Susnjar (PER) and Jean-Baptiste Bridon (FRA). Max was the 2018 Associate Composer in Residence with the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra and was one of 18 young musicians from around the world invited to attend the 2018 Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony in California.
Drawing inspiration from Australian jazz artists such as Barney McAll, Julien Wilson, and Andrea Keller, Max aims to create music full of passion, emotion and intensity and seeks to blur the lines between the composed and the improvised. For this performance, he has assembled a 13-piece chamber ensemble featuring a collection of outstanding jazz and classical musicians.
Maximillian Wickham – Tenor Saxophone/Composer
Michael Ellis – Guitar
Tim Voutas – Piano
Alistair Peel – Bass
Daniel Susnjar – Drums
TBC – Flute
Alex Thomson – Clarinet
Jessica Beahan – Bass Clarinet
TBC – Bassoon
Ruth Klein-Cook – Violin
TBC – Violin
TBC – Viola
Miranda Murray-Yong – Violoncello
Joshua Nicholls Plus Seven:
Joshua Nicholls is a jazz guitarist, composer and arranger based in Perth, with a passion for bringing his fun, fiery and unpredictable music to the ears of listeners everywhere.
Joshua was the winner of the 2019 WAAPA Best Recitalist Award for the Bachelor of Music in Jazz. In 2019, he was selected as the Associate Composer-in-Residence with the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra, premiering an extended original jazz composition “Astonishing Device” at the King Street Corner Pocket Jazz Festival. During his time at WAAPA, he studied and performed in the USA and France, and played alongside notable musicians including Rai Thistlethwayte (SYD), Sébastien Paindestre (FRA) and Daniel Susnjar (PER).
In 2018 Joshua formed his original jazz octet ‘Joshua Nicholls Plus Seven’, presenting original large ensemble jazz tunes in his unique compositional style: an eclectic blend of his early heroes Dream Theater and Led Zeppelin, jazz influences Herbie Hancock, Ari Hoenig and Bob Brookmeyer, along with a dash of unexplained craziness. Musical styles vary wildly throughout his catalogue, with funk, prog, free jazz, metal and cool-school elements present within his music. The one common thread: an infectious groove.
Joshua Nicholls – Guitar/Conductor/Composer
Harry Josland – Trumpet
Claire Keet – Alto Saxophone
Maximillian Wickham – Tenor Saxophone
Will Pethick – Trombone
Jemima Mills – Baritone Saxophone
Kieran Barnes – Bass
Cameron Fermoyle – Drums
Matilda Simcock – Vocals
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