album launch tour
AUSTRALIAN/NEW ZEALAND TOUR
Thurs 11 – Venue 505 Sydney feat. Peter Koopman (gtr) Thomas Botting (bass) Nic Cecire (drums)
Sunday 14th – Uptown Jazz Cafe, Melbourne
Tuesday 16 – NIMA Newcastle feat. Peter Gray (bass) Toby Hall (drums)
Wed 24 – Creative Jazz Club – Auckland, NZ 8pm. $20/15/5 feat. Cameron McArthur (bass), Adam Tobeck (drums), Roger Manins (tenor sax)
Fri/Sat 26/27 – Nirvana Lounge Hamilton
Sun 28 – Hamilton Jazz Society NZ
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It’s been a busy few years for singer Briana Cowlishaw and pianist Gavin Ahearn on the international scene with numerous club and festival performances in Australia, Europe and Asia. Highlights include the Hemnes Jazz Festival (Norway 2015), the Chilpo International Jazz Festival (South Korea 2013), the Melbourne International Jazz Festival (Australia 2014), Vivid Sydney (Australia 2014), Urbanscapes (KL 2013) and the Wangaratta Jazz Festival (Australia 2011, 2012, 2013). Now with a brand new album ‘FJORD’ in hand, Briana returns to Australia (and New Zealand) for a series of shows to launch the album – a collaboration with pianist Gavin Ahearn. The various launches will feature Gavin and Briana performing a duo set of songs from the album, followed by a set of music with a full band.
The album – ‘Fjord’ – Briana Cowlishaw & Gavin Ahearn:
A project born out of the hypnotically picturesque hills of Norway, Briana Cowlishaw and Gavin Ahearn come together to create an equally mesmerising performance. Their latest release ‘Fjord’ is a duo album recorded in Nesna (Norway) October 2014, which captures a true sense of free and honest expression. Stripped back to piano and voice (and trumpet on 1 track), the album presents a collection of their own compositions and a number of refreshing arrangements of their most loved pop and jazz standards (‘Fool on the Hill’, ‘Stompin’ at the Savoy’).
Both on stage and in recording, Briana and Gavin seem to trail in and out of improvisation and structure, exhibiting an instinctive empathy for each others musical inclinations. They have been touring, teaching and performing together over the past 5 years in Asia, Europe and Australia, working on a multitude of projects (‘The Wires Project’, ‘Briana Cowlishaw Band’ and most recently ‘The Helgeland Suite’). Maybe it’s the years they have played together, maybe it’s a mutual understanding on what they most appreciate about making music; either way the performance speaks for itself.