Background Music

Background Music

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Melbourne Jazz Co-operative


Concert Postponed: Background Music

Due to ongoing restrictions, we regret to advise that Phil Slater and Matt McMahon’s Background Music on Friday 10 September has been postponed. We are working with the artists to find a new date.

Ticketholders can either retain their current ticket for the rescheduled concert, or receive a refund through their original point of purchase. If you have any questions or concerns about this concert postponement, please contact our Ticketing Services team at

Event details

‘Simply staggering power … unforgettable.’ The Age

Multi-award-winning jazz artists Phil Slater and Matt McMahon wield a supreme ability to strip music back to its bare bones, while crafting a soundworld of immense power and emotion. Outstanding artists in Australia’s music scene, Slater and McMahon have performed and recorded with a wide range of Australian and international artists, including Archie Roach, Peter Sculthorpe and Lou Reed. The artists’ intuitive bond, cultivated over decades of shared performance history, brings impeccable clarity to their work as a duo..

About the concert

The force of Slater’s ravishing trumpet playing, combined with McMahon sensitive and crystalline piano is a triumph. Don’t miss this exclusive Melbourne performance of their newest works and original interpretations of classic jazz standards.

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Phil Slater trumpet
Matt McMahon piano


This production is part of the following series:

Local Heroes 2021

Now in its tenth year, Melbourne Recital Centre’s Local Heroes series brings together Melbourne’s best artists in a year-long festival of chamber music.

Jazz in the Salon

Whether traditional jazz is up your alley or you fancy something a little more improvisatory, ambient or electric, step away from the daily grind and into the Salon to experience the sweet sounds of jazz at the Best Place to Hear.