Australian Art Orchestra
(Southbank Centre, 12th November 2012, Review by Mark Ramsden)
I would have preferred more composition but then Wayne Shorter is also a tremendous composer and musician who would rather improvise these days. And these were top notch listening musicians who gave us passionate empathic music. It rocked. This is a powerful, punchy ensemble.
The aboriginal singing was striking, a statement as bold as their face paint, and as the introductory lecture informed us represents some of the oldest music still in existence. Didgeridoo and claves meshed well with polytonal improv and a good grooving foundation from bass and drums.
The project Crossing Roper’s Bridge can be heard here, with excellent visual material which added atmosphere last night. Paul Grabowsky’s achingly beautiful improvised solo piano is here. (also with other excellent musicians.) His film scores are also well worth checking out.