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Nick Abbey, Chris Foster, and Daniel Susnjar: Acoustic Originals
Wednesday 20 October 7.00pm
Building on their unique musical and personal kinship, the long-standing, award-winning trio of Nick Abbey (bass), Chris Foster (piano), and Daniel Susnjar (drums) have forged a trademark blend of dynamic rhythmic interplay, lush harmonies, emotive melodies, and fiery improvisations.
Fresh off the recent recording of pianist Chris Foster’s highly anticipated debut album ‘In Motion’ (launching in early 2022), the trio are in top form. Tonight’s performance will see this compelling unit present a collection of their original acoustic jazz, including songs from ‘In Motion’, Nick Abbey’s ‘Phantoms’ release, Abbey/Foster/Falle’s ‘Brotherhood’ album, and several hot-off-the-press new works!
Don’t miss this chance to catch these eminently musical composer-improvisers in full flight!
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.
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.
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). Having graduated with a Doctoral degree from the University of Miami, Daniel now lectures at WAAPA, where he has recently produced ‘The Recipe’, an album of original Afro-Peruvian music featuring the next generation of Western Australian jazz stars.