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Ryan Daunt Trio
Wednesday 02 March 7.00pm
After a sold out album launch for ‘Essence’ (2021), the Ryan Daunt Trio returns to the Ellington Jazz Club for a night of intricate jazz trio music. ‘Essence’ was the RTRFM feature album of the week (2021), and has featured in The Weekend Australia as well as receiving acclaimed reviews from All About Jazz, Jazzdagama, Jazz2Love, JazzWeekly, and more. Tonight will feature tunes from Essence as well as some brand new compositions.
Drawing influences from artists such as Avishai Cohen, Tigran Hamasyan, Hiromi, E.S.T, Tingvall Trio, Benedikt Jahnel Trio and more, Ryan Daunt’s original music is a unique blend of styles, containing elements of jazz, contemporary, and classical music. Expect rich harmonic landscapes, complex rhythmic interplay, captivating melodies, and exciting improvisations from the Ryan Daunt Trio.
Joined by National Jazz Award finalist Nick Abbey on bass and WAAPA graduate Tristan Wills on piano, tonight will be a show not to be missed!
Ryan Daunt – Drums
Tristan Wills – Piano
Nick Abbey – Bass
Ryan graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) with a First Class Honours Degree in Music, majoring in Jazz Performance. During his studies, Ryan performed with many acclaimed artists including: Kneebody, Troy Roberts, David Theak, Julian Argüelles, Kate Ceberano, Julien Wilson, Vince Jones, Ross Irwin, Alan Vizutti, Robert Childs, David Childs and also performed in the pit in the WAAPA musicals Reefer Madness and West Side Story. In 2018, Ryan auditioned and was selected to play drums for Western Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra’s Wednesday Night Orchestra which gave him the opportunity to work and perform with local and visiting international artists such as Migiwa Miyajima.
Ryan gained international experience performing in Europe at the 2014 Terni Jazz Festival, Italy and The Jazz Dock, Prague. Ryan also played with the Zack Linton Trio at the Bridgetown Blues Festival, winning the 2015 Blues Challenge which resulted in an invitation to perform at the Memphis International Blues Challenge, USA (2015). Ryan has performed nationally at the Doo Bop Jazz Bar, Jazz Music Institute, Foundry 616 Sydney, Jazz lab and Paris Cat Jazz Club.
Ryan has performed at many music festivals including the Duke of Edinburgh International Awards (2014), Bridgetown Blues Festival (2014, 2016), Perth International Jazz Festival (2017-2020), Perth International Arts Festival (2017), Perth Fringe Festival (2017-2021), King Street Corner Pocket Festival (2018, 2019), Western Australian Music Festival (2018), Perth Japan Festival (2018), Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival (2019), Perth Festival (2020) and more.
Ryan released his debut album, Fragile Information, in 2016, featuring Ryan Daunt, Luke Minness, Nick Abbey and Chris Foster. Ryan has also featured on multiple West Australian records including Piece of Walter Have a Slice (2013), Gemma Farrell Organised Chaos (2017), ML RUUBZ Segue on the Beach (2017). MFG MFG (2018), MELVE Volume one (2018), Take Care (2019), West Australia Youth Jazz Orchestra Best of WAYJO 2018 (2018), The Island Trio The Island Trio (2019) and Tim Voutas Quartet Introducing TVQ (2019). Ryan also featured in the short film Ivory, directed by Andrew Newcombe at Murdoch University (2018).
In August 2016, Ryan attended the 2016 Croatian drum camp, where he studied with drumming legends Steve Gadd, John Riley, Horacio Hernandez and Claus Hessler. Ryan placed in the top 10 drummers in Drumtek’s Australia’s Best Up and Coming Drummer competition in 2015 and 2018.
Ryan exclusively endorses Bosphorus Cymbals, Protection Racket and Pro Music Australia.
Bassist/composer Nick Abbey is equally at home leading his own jazz trio and holding down the low end for some of the world’s finest musicians. This 2020 Freedman Jazz Fellowship nominee, 2015 National Jazz Awards semi-finalist, four-time WAM Jazz Song of the Year winner, recent PhD graduate, and WAAPA lecturer has regularly collaborated with the likes of Tal Cohen, Paul Grabowsky, Jamie Oehlers, Troy Roberts, 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, Veronica Swift, Alex Norris, Jim Pugh, and Howard Levy. As well as his own acclaimed solo record ‘Phantoms’ (2019), Nick has appeared on a series of fantastic Australian releases from bands such as TRISK, Abbey|FosterlFalle, Fiona-Lawe Davies, Libby Hammer, Ryan Daunt, Ecila, Det Nopsus, Glyn MacDonald Group, _motion, ATM15, and the Johannes Luebbers Dectet.
Tristan Wills graduated from WAAPA in 2018. Since then Tristan has performed at festivals such as the King St Corner Pocket Festival, venues such as Heath Ledger Theatre and Government House as well as performing with artists such as Daniel Susnjar, John Morrison, Jamie Oehlers, Freddie Grigson and Victoria Newton. Tristan also teaches jazz and contemporary music at Carey Baptist college on a full time basis.