“World class, swinging, passionate, alert and intuitive” - Cadence Jazz Magazine (USA)
Photograph by Paul Faure-Brac "Exhilarating ... A feast of melody… An inspiration never at fault" - JazzHot (France)
"Magical!" - Piano Magazine (France)
As an Australian jazz pianist living in Paris for 25 years, Chris Cody became drawn to the story of French navigator La Pérouse, who landed in Botany Bay in 1788.
“What I like about La Pérouse and his journey is that it wasn’t about conquest. He went out with botanists, astrologers and cartographers.
"It was all about learning and expanding human knowledge. He had 250 people and he didn’t take soldiers."
When Chris returned to Sydney in 2013, he felt compelled to write La Pérouse Suite, an original composition for 10 instruments and eight musicians.
Mostly jazz, it has some classical and world music references, as well as subtle flavours brought in from La Pérouse’s travels.
Don’t miss this world premiere of a landmark work.
CHRIS CODY composition, piano JAMES GREENING trombone, didjeridoo LLOYD SWANTON bass FABIAN HEVIA drums, percussion Additional instrumentation of flute, clarinet, trumpet, saxophone and accordion updates posted here and on our Facebook
"Polished composition and pianism doesn’t get much better or more enjoyable than this, and Cody proves he is the master of form." - Fine Music Magazine
AMBRE HAMMOND & MARCELLO MAIO
“Sensuality and elegance… Infinite Grace… Panache. The ultimate Seduction” - John Shand (Sydney Morning Herald)
"Being such an admirer of Ambre Hammond and a lover of Piazzolla, this music went straight to my heart. Add the passion of Marcello Maio and you have an experience that transcends genre and does what great music can sometimes do - it elevates the listener's consciousness" - James Morrison
Classical pianist Ambre Hammond and accordion virtuoso Marcello Maio present some of the most haunting and celebrated music by Astor Piazzolla, as well as music by Brazilian composer Jobim as a taste of their upcoming album.