ANTELODIC STILL TOURING INDEPENDENT BOOKSHOPS, ART GALLERIES AND LIBRARIES
COMING TO YARRA COTTAGE BOOKS WARRANDYTE ON 7 DECEMBER 2018
Melbourne chamber-jazz trio Antelodic are still getting around Victoria’s independent bookshops, art galleries and libraries, performing their unique style of music in alternative spaces. Some stunning new music is being learnt and a new recording is happening at ABCFM in a few weeks… You can catch them performing at the very auspicious second-hand bookstore, Yarra Cottage Books 189 Yarra St, Warrandyte (it belongs to Gideon’s parents) on Friday 7 December at 6.30pm. Come along and listen to some of their tunes that will feature on the new album.
The tour of free concerts promoted the release of last year’s album “Quiet Sufficient” and allow them to road-test new material for their next release.
Antelodic is an instrumental trio formed in 2012 by members of Melbourne contemporary jazz ensemble “cleverhorse”. Led by Robbie Melville, the ensemble features the unique combination of guitar with two saxophones – Gideon Brazil on tenor and Monty Mackenzie on alto. Antelodic began as an experiment in which the saxophones worked as a rhythm section whilst the guitar became the melodic voice. For four years the trio has experimented with various compositional styles and arranging techniques, developing a unique sound that spans chamber jazz and contemporary classical.
Antelodic released their debut album “Quiet Sufficient” in March 2017. The majority of the album was written in a six-month period following the birth of Melville’s second daughter. This time of joy and introspection, combined with the necessity of quietude, resulted in an album of gentle, restrained reveries. Several of the pieces on the album deal with deeply personal events in Melville’s life, primarily the births and deaths of family members. Other themes are inspired by musical heroes Stephen Foster and Richard Rodgers, the turning of the seasons, and the simple joys of friendship. The album’s cover is an image by Czech photographer Viktor Kolář.
Following the release of the album, Antelodic were invited to perform at the 2017 Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues. Their show, situated in the wonderful acoustic space of the Holy Trinity Cathedral, was recorded by the ABC and aired on both Mal Stanley’s Jazztrack and Jessica Nicholas’ Jazz programs.
“There is a translucency to these compositions that is quite mesmerising. Monty Mackenzie and Gideon Brazil seemed to revel in the technical and tonal demands required to achieve the subtlety and grace demanded by Robbie Melville’s compositions” – Paul Simmons
The music of Antelodic draws equally on the jazz aesthetic of Jimmy Giuffre, the singer-songwriter tradition of Joni Mitchell, the deep soul of Krystle Warren, the atmospheric impressionism of Debussy, the folk stylings of Lau and the experimental sonic journeys of Bill Frisell. Gentle, optimistic, lyrical and engaging.