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Matt McMahon Quartet

27 June 2024 8:30 pm


Matt McMahon is a multi-award-winning pianist/composer who has appeared on over 100 albums and thousands of performances with a diverse range of artists including Vince Jones, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Phil Slater, Katie Noonan, Carl Dewhurst, Gurrumul, Steve Hunter, Emma Pask, etc.

For this special performance he will be joined by his long-term musical friend Simon Barker (drums) – and two fantastic musicians who have just graduated form the Sydney Conservatorium of music, where both Matt and Simon teach: Ben Lerner (alto sax) and Nick Jansen (bass). These two young musicians are already in great demand on the Sydney scene and will bring their fresh improvisational voices to Matt’s repertoire of original tunes.

Matt’s compositions bring influences from jazz, classical, rock, and various traditional music – and most important of all they always allow for improvisers to bring their own flavour to the table.

“The general standard of Australian contemporary jazz releases is remarkable, and this is one of the really outstanding ones” (Band of Five Names). – John Clare, Sydney Morning Herald.

“This ACO collaboration was one of the musical highlights of my life” (ACO with Matt McMahon, Phil Slater, Brett Hirst, Jess Ciampa)” – John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald.

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