Alex Stuart Quintet
7:30 – 8:30pm, Friday 2 November, WPAC Hall
12 noon – 1:00pm, Saturday 3 November, St Pats Hall
Paris-based Australian guitarist/composer Alex Stuart returns home to release his fourth album, Aftermath.
This time he brings his French band, featuring a stellar cast of Paris’s finest jazz musicians. Between them they have performed with many jazz and world music greats, including multi-Grammy winner Chucho Valdes, Pharoah Sanders, Tony Allen, Jimmy Cliff, Etienne Mbappé, De La Soul, Guillaume Perret and Mamani Keita.
Aftermath’s title track was Alex’s first composition following the November 2015 attacks in Paris. The composition was triggered by that terrible event but inspired in particular by Paris’s defiant return to life in its aftermath. The album’s compositions are influenced by the dark turning points the world is facing today, but also inspired by the omnipresent and evident beauty that surrounds us – from the urban landscapes of Paris to the wild coasts of Australia. These inspirations feed into an intuitive and cross-cultural music that defies boundaries, blending jazz, rock, pop, groove and the world’s traditional musics.
Alex has been based in France since 2005 and has now established himself there as a distinctive musical voice. He won the prestigious “Jazz à Juan Révélation” prize (previous winners include Tigran Hamasyan and Youn Sun Nah) in 2011. Back in Australia, he was nominated for the Freedman Jazz Award in 2013. He has released three critically acclaimed albums in France and has performed with his group in top festivals and venues around the world. Since his arrival in France he has built upon his Australian musical education, expanding his horizons through performances and studies within Paris’s rich and varied music cultures – from jazz to traditional Camerounian and Hindusthani music and beyond.
“Absolutely superb … music that shimmers” – Alex Dutilh, France Musique
“Poetic music without borders” – 4 stars Felix Marciano – Jazz Magazine, Paris
“One of the most important works of 2017” Sebastien Helary – Nextbop
“Rhythmically complex and multi-faceted” – Sydney Morning Herald
“Evocative and arranged in thoughtful composite ways” – John McBeath, The Australian
“A distinctive musical personality, one that delights in its unfolding'” – Toby Wren, The Music Trust
Alex Stuart guitar
Irving Acao tenor saxophone and keyboards
Arno de Casanove trumpet and keyboards
Antoine Banville drums
Ouriel Ellert bass
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