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Late 2018 Happenings.....

Still on the upmost of highs from my time in Tassy. Channeling all this energy into everything I can, which includes:

  • Continual writing and refinement of compositions for Milton Man Gogh, SHAMIN,

  • Formation and composition writing for a new trio featuring Scott Tinkler and Julius Schwing.

  • I’ll be performing Kate Moore’s incredible composition ‘Fatal Strangers’ as part of Dots + Loops’ Liminality Festival in Melbourne and Brisbane under the direction of Kieren Welch and alongside Cara Tran, Flora Wong and Luke Carbon.

  • Regular rehearsals refining and developing Valtozash Big Band material for upcoming gigs.

  • Upcoming Art As Catharsis Showcase to announce at The Bearded Lady….

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Australian Art Orchestra Creative Intensive Program - Tarraleah, August 2018

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Australian Art Orchestra Creative Intensive Program - Tarraleah, August 2018

This program was exactly what I needed. Having just come off another Semester of Education study while doing everything else in life I had been thoroughly looking forward to the time away.

I’d encourage all musicians interested in jazz/experimental/free/rock/etc to do this program. It had such a profound effect on me and I’ve met so many wonderful people I know I’ll have as friends for life. The organisation, planning and execution was simply extraordinary. I can’t thank my fellow participants, faculty and staff at Tarraleah for making my stay most memorable; and inspiring.

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Mid 2018 Developments!

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Mid 2018 Developments!

2018 has been a hectic year thus far with a huge amount of teaching, gigging and full time study. (Graduate Diploma of Education)

Among it all I’ve managed to work on some exciting new projects.

SHAMIN is a jazz duo comprised of myself and Sophie Min. We will be recording out debut album in Summer of 2018… Watch this space, link to some rehearsal footage below:

https://www.facebook.com/benjaminshannonmusic/videos/2078213089133052/

I’m also excited to announce I will be recording the music of Martin Kay and his group Forage in the coming weeks.

Plenty of writing with Kodiak Empire, finalising the Found in Trees EP and bulk rehearsals for the Milton Man Gogh follow up LP before Andrew Saragossi departs for the foreseeable future…..

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Brisbane Conduction Orchestra - Debut Performance

So proud to present the debut Brisbane Conduction Orchestra performance filmed live recently at Black Bear Lodge, Wednesday 4th April, 2018.

I’m extremely proud of what the group accomplished after over 30 hours of rehearsals and recordings leading up to the performance.

Check out the performance at the link below:

https://www.facebook.com/Brisbaneconductionorchestra/videos/582267225493103/UzpfSTE4NDA3MTcxNTI4ODI2NDg6MjA2NTcyMjg1MzcxNTQwOQ/

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Milton Man Gogh - Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year Nomination - BELL Awards

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Milton Man Gogh - Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year Nomination - BELL Awards

It's awards season and we are absolutely chuffed to announce that we've been selected as one of the three finalists for the Australian Jazz "BELL" Awards in the Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year category!

We've also received a Highly Commended award in the Jazz category at the Queensland Music Awards for our single "Fork (in a World of Soup)"! We are extremely humbled to even be considered amongst such talented musicians.

Congratulations to fellow Brisbanites Kayleigh Pincott and Kristin Berardi for their respective nominations in the Bell Awards and to TrichotomyAndrew Butt Trio + Rafael Karlen and Toby Wren for making the final nominations for the QMA's. Also a shout out to Jordan Brodie for also receiving a Highly Commended!

#australianjazzbellawards #queenslandmusicawards #brisbane#brisbanemusic #jazz #prog #experimental #experimentalmusic#improvisedmusic #improvisation #ifiwereabell #bell #qma #stresstoimpress#forkinaworldofsoup

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Milton Man Gogh Tour Wrap

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Milton Man Gogh Tour Wrap

We've had a few days now to reflect on what has been an unbelievable couple of weeks and we are extremely proud and humbled by the positive experiences we've had on our first national tour.

e would like to thank everyone who has supported us on this journey including our families, friends and fans for coming to the shows and putting us up in their homes, the venues for giving us the opportunity to perform, our special guests who made each show unique and interesting and also our label @artascatharsis for supporting our music!

Stress to Impress" has been a dream debut album for us and we are now working hard on our next release. Stay tuned for details!

 

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Early 2018 Developments.....

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Early 2018 Developments.....

January has been a fantastic month for me. What a great way to start the year. 

Not only have I jumped on board alongside my good mate Joseph to help with Art As Catharsis I've:

Recorded drums for Found In Trees' debut EP (Release June/July)

Development more of an understanding of Conduction through regular rehearsal with a commited group of individuals. 

Recorded the follow up for Milton Man Gogh's Stress to Impress. (Release June/July)

Started writing for a Contemporary Orchestra project that will see the light of day late 2018/early 2019.

About to embark on Milton Man Gogh's debut album tour around Australia, performing with some of my best pals I met during my time in BANFF, in August last year. 

To the rest of the year....... 

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Welcome Ben and Joe

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Welcome Ben and Joe

We are immensely pleased to welcome Benjamin Shannon and Joseph Rabjohns to the Art As Catharsis family.

Between them, they will handle bookings, event management and promotion for AAC in Brisbane.

Both are incredible musicians in their own right.

Since moving to the Brown Snake in 2012 to study Jazz drums, Benjamin Shannon has performed over 400 gigs with 15+ differing projects, including kodiak empire, Milton Man Gogh, and Valtozash Bigband.

Ben’s focus is original music across all styles and genres but specifically, jazz, prog, experimental, world, heavy and everything in between. He also has experience organising various gigs, fundraisers and ensembles, most notably the Brisbane Conduction Ensemble.

https://www.benjaminshannondrums.com
https://www.facebook.com/benshannonmusic/
https://www.instagram.com/benjaminshannondrums/

Joseph Rabjohns has been a dedicated member of the Brisbane music scene since forming Brisbane alt-rock/prog outfit Kodiak Empire in 2012. In the same year Joe began his studies at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, where he studied Jazz guitar under Brisbane Jazz virtuosos Jamie Clark and Toby Wren. Since then Joe has been playing in various bands most notably in Kodiak Empire and Kieran T. Stevenson and had teaching music to people of all ages.

Joe has a passion for alternative music, especially post rock, post metal, prog and modern Jazz and is absolutely thrilled at the thought of helping out with the label.

https://www.instagram.com/josephrabjohns/

Personally, I could not hope for two more talented, passionate and professional individuals to help grow Art As Catharsis.

Please give them a warm welcome.

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Various End of Year Gigs!

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Various End of Year Gigs!

Some exciting gigs coming up towards the end of the year:

Yitzhak Yedid Trio (W/ Zac Sakrewski) @ The Brisbane Jazz Club - Saturday November 18th. Doors at 6:30 and music from 7:30.

Tickets available here: https://sa2.seatadvisor.com/sabo/servlets/TicketRequest…

Strangely Enough Single Launch, Friday the 24th of November at The Flaming Galah with Faux BanditELKO FIELDS and Vesper Green. Details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1579135282130125/

Found In Trees supporting SEIMS, alongside Dr.Parallax and Regular Gonzales at Fat Louie's, Saturday 2nd of December: https://www.facebook.com/events/157647968156989/ performing in support of the Apex Harmony Campaign - Sea Shepherd Global.

Dave Kemp Group at Doo-Bop Jazz Bar, Monday December 11th. Kicks off at 7:30, more information at the following link: https://www.facebook.com/events/186921888535712/

X-Mess II - Crowbar 18+ W/ Found In Trees and Valtozash, Wednesday December 20th. Assorted text here: https://www.facebook.com/events/892654864253478/

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Brisbane Conduction Ensemble

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Brisbane Conduction Ensemble

I'm thrilled to announce the formation of the Brisbane Conduction Ensemble. 

The purpose of this ensemble is to explore the methods of Anthony Braxton and Lawrence 'Butch' Morris work and research in relation to the art of Conduction.

Conduction left a profound influence on me musically and personally during my time at Banff. I've never felt so much cohesion, uncertainty, spontaneity and holistic expression all at once in the form of 'meditative composition/improvisation'

You can check out links to recordings done thus far at the following link:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/0l9vl14skgb00pd/AABfWplEpdskrqU2OiFy-XW7a?dl=0

I'm hoping to gig with the group in the short term and pursue further study regarding the concepts, lexicon and language hopefully resulting my a specifically Australian take on Conduction methods, practices and approach. 

 

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Valtozash Debut Album - Pozible Campaign

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Valtozash Debut Album - Pozible Campaign

Here's the THING.

The Valtozash Bigband pozible campaign is coming to an end.

This is one of the most rewarding projects I'm apart of.

We play all original compositions, arranged for a 17 piece bigband with fucking 5 baritone saxophones in a similar vein to Mr Bungle, John Zorn, Fantomas. (insert unpopular experimental project/s)

We've made some massive inroads on our funding campaign, yet still have a little way to go. It's not cheap to record a band of this size; we also recruited an orchestra too...... Brutal right?!??!? r i g h t?

Check out some footage from album recording at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDhAC3H2tn4

For any cashola given towards the $25, $30 and $35 perks I will offer a one hour lesson where you can rack my brains about anything from drumming, tabla, composition, electronic music production, valtozash, kodiak empire, milton man gogh, found in trees, my time at banff right, etc etc. We can even go for ice cream, I could mind your pets/friends, we could talk about how shit pre 6:00 news T.V. is too, (Specifically the programming between 2pm-6pm) I really don't mind.

Here's the link below to the campaign: https://pozible.com/project/valtozash-album-wizard-bird/

"Valtozash started on the 12th of May in 2014. We had a humble beginning with only a few charts, a few less members (11 to be precise) and a strong, burning vision that only our fearless leader, Andre Bonetti could see. 

As time passed and more charts were written, gigs were performed, more like minded people joined our ranks and those whose hearts were not metal enough fell by the wayside. For those who had been in the band since the beginning and perhaps spent a bit too much time hanging out drinking home brew, a strong, cult like bond had been created between themselves and the band and its concept. So, we decided to start doing gigs in black, flowing cloaks. Designs were drawn for these and concepts discussed on how to cast metal amulets in the shape of a "V" and somehow have the middle glow red. 17 cloaks do exist and feature on every gig we do!

Cut to 2016, we have recorded a four track EP, three hours worth music has either been written or arranged by our fearless leader, many more gigs have been done, including two in a brewery. Morale is strong and we start planing for 2017 and the creation of our first full album! Naturally, this album must feature a full symphonic orchestra.

Our music is brutal, it shakes the ground, the meek tremble in their boots and the too shallow of mind turn and flee. The jazz snobs turn up their noses in disdain."

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All That Jazz - Queensland Conservatorium Banff International Jazz Workshop Press

Benjamin Shannon will play alongside some of the world’s best jazz musicians at the Banff International Workshop for Jazz and Creative Music next month.

The Queensland Conservatorium graduate is one of just 48 musicians from around the world selected to attend the intensive 3-week workshop in Canada’s Rocky Mountains.

The talented young drummer, who graduated from the Bachelor of Music in 2015, is still celebrating the good news.

“I put in a last minute application, not expecting anything, and not knowing if I was ready,” he said.

“The fact that I’m going is still sinking in – it’s going to be a life-changing experience.”

Queensland Conservatorium Head of Jazz Dr Stephen Newcomb said the workshop was a “tremendous career opportunity”.

“There is a real emphasis on improvisation and exploring diverse approaches to music making at Banff, and the faculty features some of the most renowned musicians in the world,” he said.

“Attendance at a workshop such as this really expands global networks and is essentially a game changer for a young musician.”

Despite studying jazz drum kit, Benjamin refuses to be pigeon-holed, playing a wide range of styles.

“I play everything from jazz to prog rock, metal and electronica,” he said.

“I’ve always loved to play a diverse range of music, and I think that was a big factor in my selection for Banff.

“My submission video featured everything from a jazz trio to an original psychedelic rock single!

“It is a jazz program, but there is a focus on exploring connections to other genres and disciplines.”

The Banff Jazz Workshop was created in 1974 by Grammy-award winning Canadian jazz legend Oscar Peterson.

There is a revolving guest faculty each week – accomplished musicians who have played alongside everyone from jazz legends like Art Blakey and McCoy Tyner to pop icons like David Bowie and Beyonce.

“It is going to be surreal playing with all of these world-class musicians and composers,” Benjamin said.

“I’m determined to represent myself and the Queensland Conservatorium well.”

Since graduating, Benjamin has juggled regular gigs with teaching.

“I play in seven or eight different bands, so I’m gigging every week,” he said.

“I also teach drums to 60 students, so life is busy!”

Benjamin said his studies at the Queensland Conservatorium had provided a solid foundation for a career as a musician.

“I originally came to the Con through the Graduate Certificate program, and had to work really hard to get into the Bachelor of Music,” he said.

“The degree at the Con was challenging, but my studies have helped me so much as a musician – you do everything from theory to aural work, singing and composition.

“It makes you a really well-rounded performer.”

Queensland Conservatorium Director Professor Scott Harrison said Benjamin’s selection was “a real honour”.

“It is fantastic news and illustrates the calibre of our graduates, who are making their mark on the international music scene,” he said.

Article written by Louise Crossen, published August 1st, 2017. 

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Banff International Jazz Workshop - Grant Success

Unbelievably stoked to announce that on the 17/07 I received a Regional Arts Development Fund Grant from the Moreton Bay Regional Council and Arts Queensland to go towards the Banff International Jazz Workshop for 2017

I also just found out my  biggest drumming inspiration Mark Guiliana is on faculty... Seems pretty surreal.

Been writing a heap more original jazz tunes and just got out of a productive weekend demoing for new kodiak empire tunes among mixing an original trio album and jazz/metal bigband album. 

Happy Days!

The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Moreton Bay Regional Council to support local arts and culture in
regional Queensland.

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Update on Projects, Studio and the Banff Program.

Greetings, I've got a few exciting things to share:

Currently hard at work with Father Shannon building a studio out the back. Check out some PICS below; it backs onto a lovely forest and mangroves. K33 N. Will be starting lessons at home early July, get in touch if you're keen!

The Milton Man Gogh debut album is fully tracked and currently being mixed and mastered for release sometime in spring this year. Announcing some shows shortly too.

kodiak empire writing for the next release is well under way, stoked with how it's all been brewing in the kodiak kitchen. We've got some additional shows to announce shortly but stoked to be playing with Orsome Welles Friday 16th June at Black Bear Lodge.

Fresco Kyoto have some m a d shows to announce shortly and will be recording the debut EP for release towards the back end of 2017/early 2018.

The Valtozash Bigband debut album is being recorded early July, I've never been more scared/excited/flummoxed in my life. It'll either be really fucking good or the worst thing you've ever heard.

Found In Trees debut EP will be released in November/December 2017. All material is written and ready2go.

Working with Greg Olley and Zac Sakrewski on some of his original tunes, keep an eye out for some tracks and shows there too.

Enjoying finding more time to write original compositions for Milton and the BANFF Program in August. Been experimenting with tabla, electronics, synths and drums, will have an originals EP out early next year for this stuff once it makes some sense.

Progress shot of the studio, 21/05/17

Progress shot of the studio, 21/05/17

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