Sam and Christopher first performed together as part of the National Jazz Awards in 2001. A close friendship has formed since then fuelled by a mutual admiration for Spanish, Cuban and Brazilian music.
This rare duo performance will reflect this twenty-year friendship with original tunes and songs from the American, Australian, Brazilian and Cuban songbooks.
Sam Keevers has lived in Melbourne since 1991 and is a graduate of the QLD Conservatorium of Music, Victorian College of the Arts and the Australian Film Television and Radio School. He was a Wangaratta Jazz Awards finalist in 1992 and 1999 and a Freedman Jazz Fellowship finalist in 2005. Sam has performed and recorded with many national and international artists including Scott Tinkler, Jamie Oehlers, Dale Barlow, Katie Noonan, Kate Ceberano, Stephen Magnusson, Gian Slater, Josh Kyle, Michelle Nicolle, Chris Potter, Jamie Haddad, Bobby Previte, Joe Lovano, Lewis Nash, Ron Carter, John Scofield, Joss Stone, Ricky Lee Jones and Archie Roach. He played with Vince Jones from 1996-1999, formed the afro-Cuban latin jazz group Los Cabrones in 1996 and has been music director for cabaret artist Ali McGregor since 2008. Sam received a Green Room Award in 2021 for Best Cabaret Musical Direction for Ali McGregor’s online version of the Late-Nite Variety Nite Night during the COVID19 lockdown of 2021.
Christopher Hale has performed alongside international artists Sting, Jamey Haddad, Jim Black, Virgil Donati, Jo Lawry, Bae Il Dong, Brad Shepik and Jojo Mayer among many others and performs regularly with Australian artists Andrea Keller, Julien Wilson, Paul Grabowsky, Scott Tinkler, Simon Barker, The Australian Art Orchestra, Jamie Oehlers and Gian Slater. Following a chance encounter in Korea in 2011, he became immersed in traditional Korean drumming and its teaching system of hohŭp, a breathing and movement method for creating rhythm. Following 8 years of study, he developed a way to assimilate the principles of hohŭp into an original system for body-movement generated rhythm. Christopher is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts and holds a PhD from the University of Sydney. He was awarded an Australia Council Fellowship in 2004 and won the Freedman Jazz Fellowship in 2012.