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Michael Pignéguy presents the music of The Awakenings Ensemble ft. Jamie Oehlers
Wednesday 04 July 7.00pm
June and July see a particularly active time for drummer and producer Michael Pignéguy as he shares the music of The Awakenings Ensemble with audiences across Australia as well as in Malaysia, Singapore and New York. Michael has cultivated a wide network of collaborators for the music he creates with the group and will be featuring these artists in the different territories he’s traveling to. The Perth show sees one of Australia’s best loved saxophonists, Jamie Oehlers, as the key interpreter of Michael’s world music infused compositions. They will be joined by Harry Mitchell (keyboards), Peter Jeavons (basses), Simon Jeans (guitars & FX) and Ricki Malet (trumpet) resulting in a truly outstanding line-up. Expect big grooves, lush textures and soaring melodies!
“The Awakenings Ensemble’s music is enthused by the sights and sounds of the region, reflected in the rhythms, melodies and chords redolent of exotic voyages and movie scores.” David Cusworth, The West Australian Newspaper
“Utterly convincing, Michael Pignéguy showed compositional flair as well as a crisp touch behind the drum kit.” Peter Jordan, Sydney Morning Herald
“Michael displays beautiful musicality that really shapes this composition [The Search], making it a soothing joy to listen to…” Ulysses Owens CD Review (New York)
“The Awakenings Ensemble’s concert was truly one of the most sensational and creative performances we’ve seen…” The Peninsula, Qatar
“Pignéguy skilfully deployed an enormous range of musical styles to create a homogenous work that allowed the audience to live each moment while keeping in mind the overall scope of the piece.” By The Australian Richard John
“The Awakenings Ensemble is brilliantly original and atmospheric. The group’s fusion of jazz, Arabic and electronic sounds awakens the senses!” Ohlala! Magazine
“Michael is a gifted composer and arranger as well as an accomplished drummer.” Ron Morey, ArtsWest.
Michael is an Associate Artist with Australia Music Centre.