2:00 – 3:00pm, Sunday 4 November 2018, St Pat’s Hall

“Is this exactly where jazz needed to have ended up in the year 2018? It is an exhilarating spirit that moves this collective, taking the best from the past, and from the future and grafting them to the present.” – John Hardaker, Words About Music

Fela Kuti meets Miles Davis, meets Karlheinz Stockhausen. Melbourne psychedelic jazz collective I Hold the Lion’s Paw sounds familiar and, at the same time, like nothing else you’ve ever heard.

Nominated for ‘Best Australian Jazz Ensemble’ in the 2018 Jazz BELL Awards, the collective is led by trumpeter Reuben Lewis and features some of Australia’s most exciting musicians. The music is born out of an organic crossover of afro-beat, jazz and outré electronics; a trance-inducing concoction of electro-acoustic noise, slowly evolving soundtracks, and psychedelic free jazz.


Reuben Lewis trumpet & electronics
Jordan Murray trombone
Cheryl Durongpisitkul alto sax & flute
Adam Halliwell guitar
David Brown electric bass
Maria Moles drums
Tom Lee double bass