New music meets world music jazz in the third concert of the Soundstream New Music Festival 2010. Justly titled The Rebels, this concert presents a seditious combination of performers and an improvisational music style to match.

Brian Richie is the bass player of the American band Violent Femmes – “the grandfathers of folk-punk”, “rock's dadaist improvisers” and “American roots minimalists” as they introduce themselves to new audiences and old fans on their website. Away from his rock capacity, Richie performed as a master of the Japanese wooden flute shakuhachi, for which he carries the name Tairaku.

This collaboration with jazz musicians Tom Vincent (piano) and Leigh Barker (double bass) brings about a unique language built upon Japanese folk melodies, original compositions and essays in Eastern music by none other than John Cage ‘Ryoanji’, John Coltrane ‘Living Space’, Steve Lacy ‘Blues for Aida’ and Albert Ireland ‘Change has Come’.

The combination is startling. The haunting melodies of the shakuhachi are interspersed with Asian percussion, which Richie coordinates with his shakuhachi playing, and enthralling piano and acoustic bass jazz elements by Tom Vincent and Leigh Barker.

About seventy eager audience members took pleasure in this innovative approach to music, both thought-provoking and engaging. The large Studio 520 had the cosy look of a piano bar to the credit of Bluebottle’s ingeniously simple lighting design of spotlights on the trio and large light bulbs positioned on the floor. The concert was introduced by Julian Day and recorded by ABC Classic FM.

Soundstream: Adelaide New Music Festival

Venue: Studio 520, ABC Studios, 85 North East Road, Collinswood SA
Date/Time: Saturday 28 August 2010, 7.30pm
Tickets: $45 - $15

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