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Steve Barry Quartet feat. Will Vinson – “In The Waves” Album Launch

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“Sparkling…as if he were singing about the crests and valleys of the water as if he were musically following the rhythm of the waves, upswing, downswing, rollover, rolling movement, spray…” – JazzHalo

“One of Australia’s most inventive and accomplished composer/improvisers”, Barry launches his new quartet album In The Waves alongside acclaimed saxophonist Will Vinson (UK/USA).

Born out of a pandemic-inspired reconnection with ocean swimming, the music holds physical and philosophical qualities of water as a common thread, and showcases Barry’s trademark “…harmonic adventurousness, melodic resourcefulness, switchback rhythmic ideas and non-bombastic sense of drama” (Sydney Morning Herald).

Long based in New York City, saxophonist Will Vinson “challenges the notion of how jazz is defined in this era” (Downbeat) with an intensely melodic approach rich in “textural beauty and musicality” (All About Jazz). The quartet is completed by bassist Jacques Emery and drummer Alex Young, two musicians guiding the future of jazz in Australia.

Dr Steve Barry is a multi-award winning pianist, composer, improviser, and lecturer at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Born & raised in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland and now living and creating on Gadigal land in Sydney, Barry works across the music industry as a performer, accompanist, educator and consultant. He is the recipient of the 2021 APRA Professional Development Award for Jazz, and works regularly across Australia, New Zealand, Japan and more recently Vietnam.

  • Steve Barry – piano
  • Will Vinson – alto and soprano saxophones
  • Jacques Emery – bass
  • Alex Young – drums

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