Chris Abrahams (The Necks) – Piano
Mike Majkowski – Bass
James Waples – Drums
presented by Tura New Music and The Ellington Jazz Club
Formed in 2007, this Sydney-based trio has been developing their own approach to jazz improvisation. There is a controlled elegance to Roil’s music — not that this precludes the energetic. The music has an eddying quality that moves between group utterance and multi-stranded counterpoint, a weaving of textures that coagulate to form unified phrases before dispersing once more into the churning invention…
“A beautifully weighted trio, full of delicacy, mesmerizing accumulations of detail and engulfing power”
“…bright piano, rich bass and bass drum packing a mighty punch.”
“…this essay in sound challenges preconceptions…”
Chris Abrahams (piano) – best known as for his work as pianist with the trio The Necks, has also been a member of the Benders, the Laughing Clowns, and The Sparklers. He has recorded several solo albums, as well as collaborations with Melanie Oxley from the Sparklers. Chris has worked extensively in soundtrack composition for both feature films and documentaries. He performs regularly in the improvising music scenes both in Australia and Europe, and has collaborated, in both recording and performance, with many contemporary improvising musicians including Burkhard Beins, Mike Cooper and Anthony Pateras.
Mike Majkowski (bass) – began his musical activities as a jazz bassist, working with the likes of Mike Nock, Kristin Berardi and Dale Barlow. He has since developed an active interest in a wide spectrum of contemporary music with an exploratory nature. Mike is a member of large-scale Sydney-based electro-acousitc group The Splinter Orchestra, Blip (duo with Jim Denley), Strike (trio with Jon Rose and Clayton Thomas), and also performs as a soloist. Mike is a long time devotee of the improvised music community in Sydney, and has curated for the NOWnow improvised music concert series. He has performed around Australia as well as several countries in Europe.
James Waples (drums) – began his musical studies as a classical pianist before taking up the drums. A finalist at the 2004 Wangaratta drumming competition, his impeccable sense of timing and musical sensitivity have seen him perform with Mike Nock, Bernie McGann and Vince Jones, to name a few. James is also a member of The Splinter Orchestra, Jackson Harrison Trio, Simon Ferenci Quartet, and has collaborated as an improviser with George Garzone, Mike Cooper, Dale Gorfinkel, and Monica Brooks.