This year’s Ballarat Winter Festival will see the debut of my newest project called eMotion Band. This is my vehicle to continually explore musical ideas. Subscribing to the philosophy that emotion is the energy for motion, the band is formed with the idea of presenting emotive music that speaks directly to the listeners and take them on a musical journey.
Our performance will take place on 8 July, 2–4pm at the McCain Hall inside the Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard St N, Ballarat Central, Vic.
We will be in good company, with other foremost Australian artists such as Andrea Keller and Julien Wilson taking part in the festival.
The gallery is a beautiful venue (the photo above depicts me playing there). Booking is highly recommended!
I’m playing at this year’s Castlemaine Jazz Festival with two bands:
- The Bridge: contemporary jazz with infectious vocal harmonies. Repertoire includes tunes by modern composers including myself. Sunday, 10 June, 3pm at Theatre Royal Castlemaine and 8pm at Old Castlemaine Gaol (cell block). Also in the band: Alex Yarosh, Erin Campbell, Hezy Suramarta, Kama Austen, and Michael Ooi.
- Jon Magill’s GrooVe Congress: contemporary groove-based jazz by modern masters such as Pat Metheny, Bob Reynolds, and Michael League. Sunday, 10 June, 6pm at Old Castlemaine Gaol (cell block) and 10pm at Old Castlemaine Gaol (mess hall). Line up: Jon Magill, ade ishs, Justin Thomas, Paul Bonnington, Michael Ooi.
It will be a great weekend!
As you must know already, the Melbourne International Jazz Festival is a major jazz event in Australia. I’m excited to announce that I will take part in it for the first time!
I will accompany the awesome singer Peter Hearne for the launch of his soul jazz album, That’s What I Like About You. My solo piano performance will warm up the room. This show will take place at Dizzy’s Jazz Club, 368 Bridge Rd, Richmond, Vic on 4 June, 7:30pm.
I am so pleased to announce a new collaboration with the musicians extraordinaire, drummer Alex Roper and bassist Rory Brown. These lovely human beings are a delight to watch and listen to. Joining us on the stage is guest musician, my good friend Ee Shan Pang on trumpet.
Our show will be at Paris Cat, 6 Goldie Pl, Melbourne CBD on 30 May, 8pm. We will be playing some of my visceral original tunes with fresher takes and some new ones. It will be a night to remember. Entry is $25. Booking is highly recommended.
The ishs/Allen Project are wrapping up the Stories Under the Sky tour with a couple shows in Victoria!
Check us out at:
- 10–11 February: Port Fairy Jazz Festival, Port Fairy, Vic.
- 15 February, 8pm: Paris Cat, 6 Goldie Pl, Melbourne CBD.
The ishs/Allen Project are going to Brisbane to do Stories Under the Sky shows!
Check us out at: