1.00pm-2.00pm, Saturday 4th November 2017, WPAC Theatre
This year’s performance will be a CD release celebration for Barney’s 12th album as a leader. The album features; Mike Rivett on Tenor Sax, Carl Morgan on guitar and his longstanding trio of Hamish Stuart and Jonathan Zwartz on drums and bass respectively.
Having returned to Australia after being awarded the Peggy Glanville – Hicks composer in residency in 2015, Barney has won a slew of awards including an ARIA , two Bell Awards, The Age Victoria Award and an AIR award.
A favourite of the festival since winning the inaugural international piano competition in 1990, this performance will be an exciting addition to the festival.
Barney McAll (born Melbourne, Australia, 1966) is a Grammy nominated, 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.
Barney 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 the 2015 recipient of the Peggy Glanville-Hicks composer residency in Sydney and is an APRA Ambassador.
He has performed at Carnegie Hall, The Smithsonian Institute, The Village Vanguard, The Blue Note and at nearly every major international jazz festival globally, having toured for almost 30 years. He has recorded or performed with some of the most important musicians in improvised music including; Dewey Redman, Roy Ayers, Kenny Garrett, Maceo Parker, Jimmy Cobb, Eddie Henderson, Aloe Blacc, Bernie Worrell, Peter Apfelbaum, Billy Harper, Daniel Merriweather and Vernel Fournier. At the ARIA Music Awards of 2015 McAll won Best Jazz Album for Mooroolbark.
“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