In 2019, the Melbourne (Australia) based composer and arranger Vanessa Perica, assembled a formidable lineup of many of Australia’s leading jazz musicians to record her long overdue debut album. Known for her fearless and emotionally driven style of writing, she wrote specifically with these voices in mind for this ambitious recording project that was brought together in just four days.
Described by prolific saxophonist Julien Wilson as “A mighty achievement, and a milestone in Australian music,” this album finds beauty, darkness, edge and drama co-existing in an exciting journey for the listener.
Winner of the prestigious Bob Wyllie Scholarship in 2003 for ‘Most Outstanding Graduate’ at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Vanessa is in esteemed company with other recipients of the award including the likes of Linda May Han Oh, Mat Jodrell and Troy Roberts.
All seven compositions on this album are designed to showcase the heavyweight soloists in this outstanding lineup. One of the highlights includes, ‘Dance of the Zinfandels’, which was a finalist in the 2018 Anonimus Big Band International Composition Competition.
Vanessa Perica (composer, arranger, conductor)
Carl Mackey, Bernard Alexander, Jamie Oehlers, Julien Wilson, Phil Noy (saxophones) | Mat Jodrell, Daniel Beasy, Ross Irwin, Paul Williamson (trumpets)
Jordan Murray, Nick Mulder, Will Pethick, Joe O’Callaghan (trombones)
Andrea Keller (piano) | Theo Carbo (guitar) | Sam Anning (bass) | Ben Vanderwal (drums)
1. Spaccanapoli | 2. Dance of the Zinfandels | 3. Woody’s Lament | 4. Saint Lazare | 5. Love is a Temporary Madness | 6. Scar for Charlie | 7. Rebrahmanization
Release Date: February 27th, 2020
Format: CD | Digital
Label: Self Produced
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Last modified: March 29, 2020