Barney McAll

4pm, Saturday October 29 – Holy Trinity Cathedral
3pm, Sunday October 30 – WPAC Theatre (Barney McAll & ASIO)

Barney McAll is a multi ARIA award winning pianist and composer who has played on over 100 recordings and has released 11 highly acclaimed solo albums. Barney joined Miles Davis alumni, saxophonist Gary Bartz’s band in 1995 and, as well as remaining to be a member of the Gary Bartz quartet, also performs with the Josh Roseman Unit, Fred Wesley and the JB’s Kurt Rosenwinkel’s “Heartcore” and with his own ensembles ASIO and TRIO FERAL.

He co- founded New York’s Groove Collective in 1990 and was nominated for a Grammy award in 2007. He leads his own ensembles “M.O.D.A.S”, “Sylent Running”, “GRAFT” , TRIO FERAL and his most recent ensemble A.S.I.O (Australian Symbiotic Improvisers Orbit) which was nominated as best ensemble at the 2016 Bell Awards. He was awarded the Australia Council Fellowship in 2007 and worked as musical director for Australian vocalist Sia Furler from 2010-2012.

Barney McAll is an APRA Ambassador, and the 2015 recipient of the Peggy Glanville-Hicks composer residency in Sydney. This has allowed Barney to spend more time back home in 2015 and ‘16. As a result, he recorded ‘Mooroolbark’ (ABC Jazz) which won him numerous awards : Bell Awards for Album of the Year and Best Composition, the ARIA Award, the AIR Award, the Age Music Victoria Award.

Barney has relished the chance to explore the music from ‘Mooroolbark’, and more recent works, with his ASIO ensemble, featuring fellow-past winners of the National Jazz Awards, Julien Wilson (saxophone), Stephen Magnusson (guitar) and Sam Anning, and an exciting young talent on drums, Dom Stitt.

“The year’s most exhilarating hours of music, McAll cast such a spell at the piano that he even created the illusion of bending notes…The energy reached such a pitch that the audience was spontaneously erupting in enthusiasm and disbelief” – SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

“McAll is partial to unleashing surprises himself, whether they be radical dynamic shifts – such as suddenly reducing a solo to the merest trickle of notes against thrumming bass and whispered cymbal chatter – or just finding bewitchingly unexpected turns to take in developing a melody. Masterful.” -SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

“(McAll’s) ability to craft memorable themes is matched by a feel for the atmospheric… Now established on the intensely competitive New York jazz scene, he plays here with some of the city’s leading musicians. His music is utterly contemporary, McAll demonstrating throughout that he is a talented composer as well as gifted keyboardist” -ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE

“The revelation of the evening is pianist Barney McAll. Playing beneath the liquid passages of (Dewey) Redman, McAll carefully kneaded clusters of notes from his hands that I found devastating. He explored ideas with a dramatic flourish that had the audience in raptures” -DRUM MEDIA

“Barney McAll is a musical conjurer of the highest order” – CMJ REVIEW 

“Mr. McAll adopted a geyserlike cadence, with phrases grouped in billowing gusts. His notes fell dutifully along a modal scale, and he played them with crisp articulation. The style and substance of his solo evoked Chick Corea” – NEW YORK TIMES

“Barney McAll offered a stunning solo set at the Holy Trinity Cathedral that – in its gospel-tinged fervour and heart-on-sleeve honesty – was as uplifting as any sermon could hope to be.” – Sydney Morning Herald

“On reflection McAll was very much the festival highlight for me.” – JazzLocal32.com

“Breathtaking solo performance” – Cyber Halides Jazz

“Mr McAll, whose solo piano recital in St Patrick’s Cathedral at the 2013 Wangaratta Jazz Festival was, for me, the highlight of the festival …” – Jazz And Beyond

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