jazz and improvised music


joe chindamo and zoe black
DATE Saturday 27 October 2012
TIME 8.30 - 11pm
VENUE The Sound Lounge
TICKETS $25 / $20 / $15
(Non-Member, Member,student)
book online or 9351 7940

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Joe Chindamo ranks amongst the world's best jazz pianists and composers. His equal gifts as composer, arranger and improviser enable him to skate between musical genres with deftness and integrity, creating a unique music which eschews boundaries.

A man with an international reputation, Joe has performed concerts all over the world. Of particular note, at the Umbria Jazz Festival, The Tokyo Dome and The Lincoln Centre in New York. He also toured with famed US drummer Billy Cobham for over 10 years.

Numerous of his recordings reached number 1 on the modern jazz charts in Japan. His formidable pianism has earned him admiration from amongst the classical elite. Joe is routinely invited to perform at all the principal festivals, and a host of other venues ranging from house concerts to jazz clubs to the Sydney Opera House. Throughout it all, he has the rare gift of making difficult and complex music sound easy, coupled with the uncanny ability to make it accessable.

Amongst a plethora of awards, Joe has twice won the MO award for Jazz instrumental performer of the year, two Bell awards for best album and the APRA award for best jazz composition of the year in 2009 for "Something Will Come To Light." Another of his compositions "The Bermuda Tango (from the same album "Duende - the Romantic Project") is currently being featured as the theme music for ABC National's book show.

Tonight he performs an exploration of the classics with violinist, Zoe Black from their debut album Reimaginings.

This exciting new collaboration between two celebrated artists from different worlds promises to be tempestuous, passionate and romantic. This concert exemplifies the meeting of classical and jazz and how the two are symbiotically linked. The repertoire is drawn from eclectic and sometimes unlikely sources, from Mozart, Bach, Couperin, Chopin to Dolly Parton, skillfully arranged by pianist/composer Joe Chindamo, who adds his own compositions to the mix. Zoë Black has long been thought of as a violinist’s violinist, whose soulful playing and exquisite tone is the perfect partner to Joe’s virtuosic elegance. Together, they create a unique inimitable musical vision.

Zoë Black Biography

Zoë Black is a violinist's violinist, known for her beauty of sound and natural virtuosity. She has performed throughout the world with the Australian Chamber Orchestra as assistant leader, and whilst still in high demand as orchestral and chamber musician, she now devotes her considerable gifts to special projects, especially her duo with Joe Chindamo.

Background: Zoë was born in Melbourne and has won numerous awards including the National Youth Concerto Competition in 1989 and the string section of the ABC Young Performers Awards in 1991. After graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1992, Zoë was awarded grants from the Australia Council and Queen Elizabeth Silver Jubilee Trust as well as the major performance award of the Australian Musical Foundation in London where she studied at the Guildhall School of Music under David Takeno, and subsequently at the Vienna Hochschule with Michael Schnitler. Zoë has also studied and performed in Moscow and at Tanglewood; with the Juilliard, Guarneri and Takács Quartets; and in Israel with Shlomo Mintz. She has appeared as soloist with the Tasmanian and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras and the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, playing concerti by Sibelius, Bach and Bartók. She played with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Wiener Kammerorchester before returning to Australia in 1996 to take up the position of Assistant Leader with the ACO. Since leaving the ACO she has appeared as both Assistant and Guest Concertmaster with the TSO; with the MSO. She has made numerous broadcasts on ABC radio, and regularly appears at Festivals around Australia and Internationally as chamber musician, most notably at Huntington Festival , Musica Viva and VancouverFest in Canada.

Listen to Joe and Zoe play Mozart as you've never heard it before...

Joe Chindamo (piano) Zoe Black (violin) Brendan Clarke (bass) Andrew Dickeson (drums)