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Chris Foster Trio
Monday 21 June 7.00pm
On the eve of his debut solo album recording, pianist Chris Foster presents an evening of compelling original music that showcases the talents of giants of the Australian jazz scene and long time collaborators, Nick Abbey and Daniel Susnjar. The performance will feature this tight-knit trio in full flight, with each composition and arrangement skillfully crafted to highlight the group’s unique sound, virtuosity, and the special bond these three players share.
Chris’ original compositions are expressive, intricate, and at times quite delicate. Expect to be taken on a blissful and emotional journey throughout the evening, as evocative, often cinematic pieces drenched in melancholy are contrasted with fast and fiery works, each bearing the mark of this eminently musical composer and improviser.
Chris Foster (piano)
Nick Abbey (bass)
Daniel Susnjar (drums)
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. Chris is also an avid educator of jazz piano at various schools including Hale School, St Stephens School, and WAAPA
Bassist/composer Nick Abbey is equally at home leading his own jazz trio and holding down the low end for many of the world’s finest musicians. This National Jazz Awards finalist, four-time WAM Jazz Song of the Year winner, recent PhD graduate, and WAAPA lecturer 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, 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, including 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).
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 and 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 lectures at WAAPA.