jazz and improvised music


 compass ensemble
DATE Friday 28 June 2013
TIME 8.30-11pm
VENUE The Sound Lounge
TICKETS $25 / $20 / $15
(Non-Member, Member, Student)
book online or call 9351 7940


CD LAUNCH, as featured on the Planet, Oneirology.  Special guest artist, pianist Jackson Harrison.

Australia is evolving a rich saxophone culture, with a wealth of virtuoso players and eminent teachers as well as a number of first class quartets currently performing and recording around the country. One of the most musically appealing of these is Compass, a jazz-classical unit that boasts an acclaimed Tango recording from a year or two ago and a new CD collaboration with Sydney-based Hindustani musicians on tabla, vocals and sitar Michael Web - Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Combining the diverse paths of two pairs of Saxophone players, Compass Quartet form one of the most interesting and dynamic groups to emerge in Australia’s music scene. Inspired by the idea of breaking down barriers between classical music and improvised jazz, Compass takes an innovative and flexible approach to concert programming, combining influences as that are, distinct, new and unusual.

Committed to expanding the context and genre of the Saxophone Quartet, Compass have, and plan to continue to commission new works to be written for collaborations with some of Australia’s finest instrumentalists. 

Compass have recorded two critically acclaimed albums since their inception, South American inspired ‘Abrazo Tango’ with material written by Julian Curwin – guitar and Marcello Maio – Piano Accordion as well as Alto Saxophonist Jeremy Rose, and Indian inspired ‘Ode to an Autorickshaw’ with Bobby Singh – Tabla and Sarangan Sriranganathan - vocals and sitar with material by Jeremy Rose and Sandy Evans. 'Ode to an Autorickshaw' was nominated in the 2012 APRA Classical Music Awards for in the 'Best Jazz Album' category. Compass will be recording their 3rd album of new material for Piano and Sax Quartet with Jackson Harrison early in 2013. Compass have performed at the 2012 Darling Harbour Jazz and Blues Festival, for SIMA, the Kinetic Jazz Festival and toured for Musica Viva.

Christina Leonard (soprano sax) Jeremy Rose (alto sax) Matthew Ottignon (tenor sax) Luke Gilmour (baritone sax), guest artist Jackson Harrison (piano)