Pianist/composer Jex Saarelaht is one of Melbourne’s distinctive contemporary jazz pianists, consistently honing his oeuvre over three decades (mostly in a long-running ensemble with acoustic bassist Philip Rex and drummer Niko Schäuble).
Liminal is the new release from the Jex Saarelaht Trio, a set of six original pieces recorded live at the Esto-Cubist Jazz Festival, Bennetts Lane, in October 2013.
‘…very bluesy, in its way, while suggesting outer space…I find this essentially late night music very beautiful, both ethereal and earthy, with a powerful sense of place.’ John Clare, Sydney Morning Herald
‘They ride, white knuckled, into testing, dramatic terrain, and do so with a pungency you can taste…this is one of the finest working bands in the land. Their art is dense, black and majestic. But so is it thrillingly lyrical.’ Craig N. Pierce, The Drum Media
For this performance, he and Schauble will collaborate with young bassist Hiroki Hoshino. With an emphasis on robust interaction, they will continue to explore Saarelaht’s distinctive original music, as well as jazz compositions by the likes of Jason Moran, Geri Allen, Herbie Nichols, Andrew Hill and Thelonious Monk.
Special Packages for tonight include:
Exclusive JazzDate - includes two tickets, an exclusive table, a cheese & charcuterie board, and your choice of a complimentary glass of wine for each of you.
JazzDate - includes two tickets, a shared table with another kindred music patron, a cheese platter, and your choice of a complimentary glass of wine for each of you.