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Alister Spence Quartet AND Kit Downes/Robert Landfermann



Alister Spence (AUS): piano/samples

Raymond MacDonald (Scotland): alto/sop sax

Joe Williamson (SWE): double bass

Dag Magnus Narvesen NOR): drums/glockenspiel

Australian pianist/composer Alister Spence is recognised as one of the country’s most distinctive and original exponents of contemporary jazz andimprovised music. His music blends texture, melody and improvisation with a unique and captivating compositional style.

He has toured internationally many times: including performances at the International Festival de jazz de Montreal, London Jazz Festival, Tokyo JazzFestival, North Sea Jazz festival, Pori Jazz Festival, and many others.

Alister has performed with many acclaimed and diverse artists such as Myra Melford, Mark Helias, Satoko Fujii, Barre Phillips, Jim O’Rourke and EdKuepper and the Laughing Clowns.

This is the fourth European tour by the Alister Spence Quartet who have been performing together since 2009.

Raymond MacDonald and Alister have a duo CD called Stepping Between The Shadows, and an electro-acoustic project Sensaround and CD release Isotropes, described by the WIRE as ‘Rare musical insight and a magical release.’ (WIRE November 2014)

Winner 2014 Art Music Award for Everything Here Is Possible Alister Spence/Myra Melford ‘Beautiful, inspiring, and one of the best releases of 2014’ AllAboutJazz

‘Rare musical insight’ The WIRE

‘The cutting edge of modern Australia defined’ Sydney Morning Herald

Also: Kit Downes/Robert Landfermann

Kit Downes got to know Robert when his trio worked together with that of the German award-winning trio of Pablo Held. Robert is one of the most in-demand German players of the new generation, already a winner of the prestigious WDR Jazz Prize.

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