The ishs/Allen Project
Street date: 4 March 2015
Elegant compositions meld with passionate improvisation
The ishs/Allen Project (TiAP) launches their debut, self-titled album on 4 March 2015. Spearheaded by pianist/composer ade ishs and drummer Chelsea Allen, the band currently comprises a quartet with Paul Bonnington (semi-acoustic and electric basses) and Ee Shan Pang (trumpet, flugelhorn, and voice).
Of the groupâ€™s fledgling recording, Peter Neville (Head of Percussion and New Music Studio, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music) says, â€œOften sparse and understated, always elegant, this debut album for The ishs/Allen Project delivers wonderfully complementary pieces, each painted in warm harmonic brushstrokes, framed in thoughtful arrangements, and recorded to perfection.â€
ade says, â€œIâ€™m particularly drawn to the compositional styles of contemporary composers and instrumentalists. I really enjoy the levels of details exhibited in their writing, and enjoy the challenge of playing improvised music with interesting and complex forms.â€
These, as well as adeâ€™s early classical influences, are evident in compositions such as the rhapsody-like Handholding, poignant A Place in the World, and the exuberant samba, Welcoming Spring.
The evocative Guildford Lane, co-written by the band leaders, showcases a sensitive duet between piano and drums that speaks of the beginning of their musical journey and the place of their meeting in Melbourne.
Says Chelsea, â€œThe ishs/Allen Project is an improvising musical group, of courseâ€”in keeping with the very best traditions of contemporary and traditional jazz, but we also have a focus on writing and performing compositions that speak to the heart, which take the listener on a journey, and which give us an exciting platform for composing in the moment.â€
- A Place in the World [9:11].
- Train [5:29].
- Welcoming Spring [6:38].
- Handholding [11:02].
- Science [3:21].
- Understanding [8:28].
- Veiled Beauty [6:51].
- Above the Desert [4:07].
- Little Flower [4:02].
- Guildford Lane [5:56].
- Melbourne, Vic, Australia: 4 March 2015 at Paris Cat. Book tickets
- Castlemaine, Vic, Australia: 20 March 2015 at The Newnorthern. Book tickets (early bird discount applies)
- Audiophile Reference Recordings c/o Burwood Music Centre, 2 Florence St, Burwood, Vic, Australia.
- Readings, 309 Lygon St, Carlton, Vic, Australia.
- Thomas Music, 31 Bourke St, Melbourne, Vic, Australia.
For more info
Visit The ishs/Allen Projectâ€™s website: www.tiap.info.