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NICK ABBEY ‘PHANTOMS’ ALBUM LAUNCH
Wednesday 19 June 7.00pm
A fixture of the Perth jazz scene and well known for his contribution to the striking original music of TRISK and Abbey|Foster|Falle, renowned Perth bassist Nick Abbey tonight launches his debut album ‘PHANTOMS’. This highly-anticipated release reunites the 2015 National Jazz Awards Finalist and three-time WAM Jazz Song of the Year Winner with the incredible talents of his long-time collaborators and close friends Chris Foster (piano) and Daniel Susnjar (drums). ‘PHANTOMS’ is the exciting culmination of an intense period of composition, taking advantage of the trio’s unique musical kinship and trademark blend of dynamic rhythmic interplay, lush harmonies, and emotive melodies to forge a stellar and impassioned new album. This will be an incredible night of music and is absolutely not-to-be-missed!
Nick would like extend a heartfelt thanks to the WA Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries ‘Culture and the Arts’ grants program and all of the individuals who contributed through the Pozible crowdfunding campaign for their enormous support, without which this project could not have happened.
As a performer, Nick has regularly collaborated with the likes of Troy Roberts, Paul Grabowsky, Jamie Oehlers, Graham Wood, Tom O’Halloran, and Libby Hammer, and has performed with international luminaries including Peter Bernstein, Vivian Sessoms, George Garzone, John Scofield, Paul Bollenback, Alex Norris, Jim Pugh, and Howard Levy. Nick has previously appeared on TRISK ‘Speedrun’ (2015), Abbey|FosterlFalle ‘Brotherhood’ (2013), Fiona-Lawe Davies ‘Imaginary Grace’ (2016), Ryan Daunt ‘Fragile Information’ (2016), Ecila ‘Ecila’(2012), Det Nopsus ‘Det Nopsus’ (2009), Glyn MacDonald Group ‘Live’ (2011), _motion ‘Presence’ (2009), ATM15 ‘Big Band Reborn’ (2010) and Johannes Luebbers Dectet ‘The Exquisite Corpse of Beethoven’ (2010) and ‘Make Some Noise’ (2008). Nick is in the final stages of his PhD at the WA Academy of Performing Arts, where he also lectures.
Specializing in Afro-Peruvian jazz, Daniel Susnjar is one of Australia’s leading voices in drumming, and has performed and recorded with music legends including Chick Corea, Terence Blanchard, Bobby McFerrin, Dave Grusin, and Steve Miller, to name a few. He has received several Bell Awards with his Daniel Susnjar Afro-Peruvian Jazz Group (2015 Best Australian Modern Jazz Album & Australian Jazz Song of the Year)and Speedball (2018 Jazz Song of the Year) as well as a swag of WAM awards, including Best Jazz Act (2016 and 2017), Best Drummer (2016) and Jazz Song of the Year (2015). Daniel holds a Doctoral degree from the University of Miami and is a lecturer at WAAPA.
Chris Foster is one of Perth’s most in-demand pianists. He has performed with internationally acclaimed artists including Terrell Stafford, Ronald Carter, Frank Foster, Ed Partyka, Ernest Ranglan, Ian Hendrickson-Smith and Dave Guy (Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings), and James Morrison. Chris writes and records for original projects that range from acoustic jazz to hip-hop, where he is a significant contributor to WA legends Downsyde and Optamus, as well as Drapht and Coin Banks.