‘Pianist Ben Winkelman’s fifth album is … so innovative, and played with such power, that the listener is left open-mouthed.’ The Australian
Stellar contemporary jazz outfit Ben Winkelman Trio performs inventive and surprising numbers off the back of its latest release, Balance. Praised as a ‘thing of beauty’ (Downbeat), Winkelman’s music explores diverse interests filtered through a jazz perspective, from Afro-Cuban to gospel and classical music, with a focus on Latin rhythms.
Based in New York, Winkelman has released five trio albums to wide acclaim: his second, The Spanish Tinge, won the AIR Award for Best Independent Jazz Release; his first was nominated for an Australian Jazz Bell Award; and his third and fourth albums were also nominated for AIR Independent Music Awards. He was a finalist in the National Jazz Awards, and has toured in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia.
‘Balance walks a fascinating line between breezy cool and wicked-sharp smarts. Winkelman does indeed nail the theme of balance here: between exotic and familiar, sharp and playful, simple and multi-shaded. This whirlwind of a tour has enough life to encompass them all.’ All About Jazz (U.S.A.)
Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Ben Winkelman
Ben Winkelman piano
Ben Vanderwal drums
Sam Anning bass
Monday 21 October 2019 7pm
Duration: 1 hour (no interval)
Standard $30 ($25 Concession)
This concert is set in-the-round. Seating in the Primrose Potter Salon is general admission.
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