British Forum for Ethnomusicology and Thursday Night @ Uptown

I am very excited to announce that I will be presenting my thesis at the British Forum of Ethnomusicology in Sheffield next week. My thesis was entitled "The Application of Traditional Korean Modal Principles to Contemporary Improvised Music", and I essentially studied the modes and concepts found in Traditional Korean Folk Music, and combined these with some jazz methods of harmonic alteration to devise a new suite of music. Which, in all honesty, I've looked at very little since graduating. With that being said, the modes and concepts that I studied keep coming through my more recent work in new and surprising ways.

It has been great digging the thesis up and looking at the music again in preparation for my presentation. Sometimes when you are working on something so intensely, you lose sight of what you've done. It's the analogy of being up too close to a wall you've painted. I've had enough time away now to take a step back and see the wall in it's entirety from an outsiders' perspective.

Overall, it's pretty good music. I find it challenging, creative and unique - to my ears anyway. It's time I put my insecurities around the music aside and perform it again, when I get back to Melbourne. 

This week though, I am playing at Uptown Jazz Cafe on Brunswick Street with my trio featuring Hiroki Hoshino and Maria Moles. This is one project that kind of evolved out of my honours study, and I use some similar ideas in a less obvious way. We play a very rhythm-oriented kind of modal jazz. 

Maybe come down, check out some original music and say farewell.


Josh.

New Projects Debut

This is an exciting week because I am debuting not one, but two new projects.

'Bloom' take the stage on Tuesday night at the Toff to perform at their Tuesday music series, Now Here This. Bloom is a project of mine that performs instrumental jazz with a focus on electronics and rock/electronic/cinematic influenced harmony. I have been working on this project on and off for about two years, writing the songs at home but never really performing them. We will also be supported by my good friends Alfalfa with their neo-soul grooves, as well as DJ Maxwell from Groove Control. And there is an open jam at the end of the night. Lots of bang for your buck!

Secondly, I am excited to announce that I am a successful recipient of the third Lebowskis Development Residence Series. I will be performing a new large ensemble work entitled 'March to Izbica' in commemoration of my great grandfather and his family who perished in Nazi Germany. The first of three gigs over six months takes place this Sunday at Lebowskis (Cross Street, East Brunswick). Keep an eye on this space for news on how this project develops.

For further details on the above gigs, see my Facebook page.

2017

This is already turning out to be one of the most eventful and most productive years of my life. I have gone through a pretty turbulent few years since moving to Melbourne in 2010 and I have experienced some profound personal change through 2016/17, which is interesting considering how significantly the world has changed - and continues to change - in this time. 

At the risk of going off on a tangent, I will cut it there to say that this new section of my website will be a way for me to keep visitors to my site up to date with what is happening in my musical life. You'll be the first to know about new projects, collaborations, music, recordings and performances as they happen. As I mentioned above, the best way to be updated on new posts is to subscribe to my mailing list. You could even like my shiny new Facebook page.

First post will be delivered next week.