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PIJF: Focus on Jazz Piano feat. Adrian Galante, Tim Voutas, Sue Bluck & Chris Foster
Sunday 07 November 6.00pm
Focus on Jazz Piano at The Ellington will showcase Perth’s best jazz pianists as part of the Perth International Jazz Festival. Focus on Jazz Piano at The Ellington is dedicated to the memory of the late Graham Wood, founder of The Ellington and Perth International Jazz Festival.
Tonight’s show features Adrian Galante, Tim Voutas, Sue Bluck, and Chris Foster.
“Adrian Galante is an Australian jazz clarinetist and pianist. His precocious talent excites and delights audiences wherever he performs, playing both instruments with a depth of knowledge and feeling that very few attain. Renowned Jazz Trumpeter James Morrison said of Adrian… “I have had the pleasure of both playing alongside and listening to Adrian Galante. This young man is one of those musicians you can’t ignore; he commands the attention of both audience and fellow performers alike with his prodigious technique and flair for presentation. Mostly one must choose between hearing a serious musician or experiencing someone who can connect with the audience, Adrian is that rare person who understands the ‘performing’ part of performing arts without any compromise in musicianship or passion for the music” A recent graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing arts, Adrian was awarded the Channel 7 award for Jazz for highest marked graduating student and best Honours graduation recital.
Based in Perth AUS, Tim Voutas’ piano playing is energetic and colourful. He released his debut album, ‘Introducing TVQ’ in April of 2019 and also The Island Trio’s self titled album also in 2019. Tim has performed at the Perth International Jazz festival, Internationally in Japan, Malaysia and New York and shared the stage with artists such as, Migiwa Miyajima, Kate Cebrano, Julian Argüelles, Sara McDonald, Akane Ezawa and Chelsea McBride. Currently Tim performs as a member of Adam Hall and the Velvet Playboys, Sarah Ramsey and his original quartet.
Sue Bluck is a piano player and vocalist from Perth, who studied in WA and at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music NSW. Sue has consolidated her place as an accomplished musician/singer/composer and educator in the music industry in Perth and Sydney. She has supported and toured with many artists and enjoyed piano residencies in 5 Star establishments throughout Australia. Sue has recorded two albums of original material of her own, sung many jingles, played and sung on albums and performed at numerous concerts, festivals, events and functions.
Chris Foster is one of Perth’s most in-demand pianists. He has several collaborative projects to his name including Chris Foster Trio, TRISK, Abbey | Foster | Falle and Optamus and features regularly with local songstresses and instrumentalists in just about every venue in the city. Chris has toured nationally with Optamus and performed extensively in the East coast with Abbey | Foster | Falle and the Johannes Luebbers Dectet. Chris also appears as a sideman on projects by leading Perth artists such as Kate Pass, Libby Hammer, Nick Abbey, Laura Corney, Ryan Daunt, Downsyde and Drapht. Chris’ current focus is on his own original works. His debut trio recording is now due for release in February 2022. Chris’ stunning compositions are crafted specifically for his tight knit trio featuring long-time collaborators Nick Abbey and Daniel Susnjar and are described as expressive, intricate and at times quite delicate. Chris is an experienced educator conducting jazz workshops for schools and short courses along with lecturing at WAAPA, ECU Mt Lawley. Chris also teaches jazz piano at Hale School and St. Stephen’s School.