Super excited to be launching my brand new larger ensemble project “Hatch”
“Hatch is the exciting new project from our own Hannah James to develop new ideas and collaborations with diverse musicians and musical genres. Compositions and arrangements move between jazz – old and new, groove, classical and everything in between. This incarnation features a quintet of some of Sydney’s finest musicians.”
3 Course Dinner & Concert – Tickets $80
Bookings in the Cafe or phone 02 238 1688
Hannah James – Double Bass Casey Golden – Piano Paul Cutlan – Saxophone, Clarinet Peter Koopman – Guitar Oli Nelson – Drums
Bookings through the Bungendore Wood Works Cafe. Folow the link below!
The quirky, rhythmic eccentricity of Ellen Kirkwood’s music meets the weird, dark and imaginative writing of British author China Mieville in a suite of four illustrative narrated pieces. Commissioned by Ars Musica Australis and premiered in October 2015 at the Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival to a room full of enraptured listeners, the suite musically explores excerpts from Mieville’s books, including dramatisation and interaction between the musicians and audience. A runaway train ambushed by frolicking spirits, a nightmare moth with swirling hypnotic wings, a diseasepassed on by the utterance of a word, and a cleaning construct that is developing sentient thought are all brought to life through this colourful and captivating set of music.
Jann Rutherford Memorial Award recipient (2012), trumpeter and bandleader Ellen Kirkwood has rapidly been gaining recognition for her compositional work. Her five-part suite, the narrated music-story Theseus and the Minotaur, performed by her band Captain Kirkwood, received wide-spread critical acclaim and glowing reviews.
The Mieville Project features some of Sydney’s most exciting musicians, including national treasure, saxophonist Dr Sandy Evans OAM and creative genius Alon Ilsar on drums plus his fascinating creation, the AirSticks.
The HJT are heading to Canberra again! This time they will be working with some of the local senior high school students on jazz ensemble and improvisation techniques and performing in the evening at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre in a combined concert with students from the workshop.
Date: 24 August
Times: Concert is from 5-8pm (Workshop is only open to students).
The Energetic Zen Quartet is the new project led by Australian/Indonesian drummer Deva Permana.
The band features Deva on drums and Kendang, Casey Golden on Piano, Simon Chadwick on Sax and Hannah James – bass. Playing high energy compositions by Deva, the sound mixes modern jazz with 80’s fusion and traditional Indonesian percussion and traditions.
The group has just finished recording their first album and are now heading for a short tour of Indonesia, starting with the stunning Ubud Jazz festival.
Venue: The Gods Cafe and Bar, ANU Arts Centre (diagonally across the quadrangle from the Student Union near Sullivans Creek).
FYI: Bookings essential. Light meals available beforehand at 6.00 pm. Please book early on 6248 5538. ‘Non-eating’ seats can also be booked. Seating is limited to 80
Always a favourite place to play! Would be lovely if you could join us and support this long running Canberra Venue!
We will be celebrating the recent release of their new album Triliphony and presenting a collection of originals and covers old and new!
“This trio can strike hard, but these surges are both passionate and coldly bracing, like an intricate tumble of ice crystals” — John Clare. The trio comprises Hannah James (double bass), Ed Rodrigues (drums) and Casey Golden (piano).
Thanks to Jazzwise, the UK’s no.1 Print and Online Jazz Magazine, for the lovely review of both the #HJT’s latest album ‘Triliphony’ as well as our pianist Cases’ latest release ‘Outliers’. Check it out by following the link here or have a read below!
Hannah James Trio
Self Release ★★★★
Hannah James (b), Casey Golden (p), Ed Rodrigues (d). Rec. 24 May 2014
A year ago, on this site, I reviewed with much enthusiasm, James first release, “Effigy” and predicted a bright future for this young bassist / composer. Now comes her second, which confirms the promise demonstrated so clearly 12 months ago. She has also taken the bold step of introducing her new compositions in a live setting, recorded at Sydney’s Sound Lounge. There is a sense of déjà vu with the album reviewed above, Casey Golden and Ed Rodrigues return to complete the trio. Despite this, it is James who is the clear leader here, penning 5 of the 6 tracks; the remaining track is Golden’s “Six”. As with her debut, she features a strong sense of melody and compositional skills, providing the perfect vehicle for Golden’s simply luscious piano. Rodrigues is again outstanding on percussion and I suspect it won’t be long before he achieves greater recognition for his different take on the role of the drummer. He is certainly one of the most innovative drummers around today. Golden further cements his reputation as a pianist of sheer class and brings life and passion to James’s compositions. This is a very worthy follow-up to her debut and confirms the promise so clearly evident on that album. – Michael Prescott
Thanks to John Clare for the review of our album launch. Full article is pasted below with web link at the bottom 🙂
2014 Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival
November 11, 2014
Reviewed by John Clare
This is the first time I have seen and heard more than a few nights of this impressive event organised by the Sydney International Jazz Festival and SIMA (artistic directors Joanne Kee and Peter Rechniewski) and while it followed hard on Wangaratta and listening exhaustion on the part of this observer, I found every night enjoyable and several engrossing.
At Foundry 616 was the Hannah James Trio’s Trilophony launch. Both pianist Casey Golden and the leader and double bassist James write lovely tunes that are pleasingly exotic yet scrupulously neat and ingenious. I really love this approach, which has echoes of European groups I have heard at Wangaratta. Certainly the trio can strike hard, but these surges are both passionate and coldly bracing, like an intricate tumble of ice crystals. Can you write music like this in a warm and humid climate? Apparently so.
The first tune was by James and it had one of the most engaging bass ostinato patterns I have heard in some time – widely spaced, of four notes, one of which is dropped in the cycle and then restored. This is held. Then the tune emerges, then over this slow step Golden began to race. His lines often run brilliantly toward deft stops in which another brilliant pattern is spawned and instantly sprung. Drummer Edward Rodrigues has the same precise musicality of his colleagues. James achieves a warm smooth tone with soft hands. That is the impression. She can certainly lean into it, however, and did so where appropriate. It is hard to think of a local bassist who plays more lyrically. She is the Lester Young of the bass. Many smiles were exchanged across and around the trio, and these became viral throughout the audience.