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Recording...soon 

Almost there about to record with Matt Christensen and Bodhan Davison a horn arrangement I have written in tribute to David Ades entitled 'Catapult'. David Sanders on drums, Steve Russell on Keys and Thierry Fossemalle Bass. Fingers crossed!

Project: Weave 

My parents were weavers; my father wove wire in broken toys, car engines and cassette machines, and weaved healing on skinned knees, my mother weaved fabrics, wools and weaved her magic in the soil.  Much like them I too weave - melody and word, and together with David, Thierry and Steve we will weave songs.  Joni Mitchell wrote we are 'condemned to wires and hammers, strike every chord that you feel'. 

Please come to an evening of music weaving combining wood, metal, muscle and wire.

18th August
Platinum Lounge
Lismore 
7:30pm

 
David Sanders (Wood, Metal, Pedals, Skins n Sticks)
Thierry Fossemalle (Wood and Long Wound Wires)
Steve Russell (Wood, Plastic, Wires, Speakers and Pedals)
Leigh Carriage (Metal, Wire, Speakers and Muscles)

Here we go 2015 - words and music 


The year ended with an inspiring Jazz Symposium at the Sydney Conservatorium, a few concerts and teaching. Now time to complete a score of one of my tunes Catapult. The arrangement changes have taken a little while but it is shaping up now. It features an exquisitely passionate solo by David Ades from a live concert at Byron. Steadliy writing my Ph.D., chapter by chapter, and grabbing every moment to practice and compose.

Looking forward to some collaborative songwriting projects and recording my arrangement this year. 

All the best everyone,

Leigh

NOMINATIONS FOR THIS YEAR'S JAZZ BELL AWARDS 

 
17 April, 2014
The nominations for this year's National Australian Jazz Bell Awards have been revealed today, with a number of nominess up for multiple awards.
Saxophonist Julien Wilson is up for three awards, two as part of his project Julien Wilson Quartet, which also includes Jonathan Zwartz - another multiple nominee in this year's awards. Zwartz is up for two gongs for his album The Remembering And Forgetting Of The Air.
Seven awards will be handed out on the night, along with the announcement of the Graeme Bell Hall Of Fame inductee. The ceremony will take place at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne on Thursday 1 May and will be hosted by Televsion journalist and presenter Tracey Curro.
Here is the full list of nominees:
BEST AUSTRALIAN JAZZ VOCAL ALBUM
Allira Wilson Rise and Fall
Leigh Carriage Mandarin Skyline
Penny King Quintet Journey
BEST AUSTRALIAN MODERN JAZZ ALBUM
Andrea Keller Quartet Wave Rider
Red Fish Blue The Sword and the Brush
Jonathan Zwartz The Remembering and Forgetting of the Air
BEST AUSTRALIAN CONTEMPORARY AVANT-GARDE JAZZ ALBUM
Monash Art Ensemble  Monash Art Ensemble
Allan Browne Trio  Lost in the Stars
Tilman Robinson  Network of Lines
BEST AUSTRALIAN TRADITIONAL JAZZ ALBUM
Julien Wilson Quartet  This is Always
Steve Grant Piano Trio  From This Moment On
Sam Anning Trio  Sweethearts
BEST AUSTRALIAN JAZZ SONG OF THE YEAR
Sam Anning Trio Princess Doug of Fitzroy
Andrea Keller  Meditations on Light
Julien Wilson  Trout River
BEST AUSTRALIAN JAZZ ENSEMBLE
Julien Wilson Quartet  This is Always
Jonathan Zwartz  The Remembering and Forgetting of the Air
Tilman Robinson  Network of Lines
YOUNG AUSTRALIAN JAZZ ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Joseph O'Connor Monash Art Ensemble
Samuel Pankhurst  Allan Browne Trio  Lost in the Stars
Dan Sheehan  Infinite Ape
 

Two great concerts! 


I opened the New Soho Bar Wednesday night Jazz and Blues evenings - with David Sanders, Thierry Fossemalle and Steve Russell, we had a great gig, trialled a new bebop medley and designed a set that featured one song per decade...some very difficult choices...C20th to C21st. Great to have a full house!

Sunday 9th March Platinum Lounge Lismore with Helen Russell, Matt Smith, Steve Russell and Scott Hills. What a combination of players, a seamless totally absorbing gig. Lovely big turn out thanks everyone!

Life is very good...L


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