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MJC Presents: Antelodic + Nat Bartsch (solo)
Sunday, June 12, 2022 @ 7:30 pm
Doors open at 7:00 pm
Antelodic is an instrumental chamber jazz trio featuring the unusual instrumentation of guitar with two saxophones. The woodwinds often perform the role of rhythm section, allowing the guitar to become the melodic voice. The trio has developed a highly nuanced approach to their creative practice that allows them to experiment in the moment while maintaining a unified ensemble sound.
Bandleader and guitarist Robbie Melville, and tenor saxophonist Gideon Brazil, are delighted to be joined by alto saxophonist Angela Davis for this concert. Antelodic will be presenting music from their 2020 album To Iceland! To Iceland! Despite consisting of only three members, their cinematic music feels orchestral in both its dynamic and scope.
Nat Bartsch will open the concert with a set of lyrical solo piano originals, exploring the fecund area between classical and jazz idioms (as she has done on two solo albums).
“While subtly evading expectations, Robbie Melville loads his music with a restrained melancholy
conveying innocence rather than knowingness, the upshot being an unusual emotional ambiguity
blending resignation and contentment. The mix of moods and feelings achieved by Antelodic is rare in
any art form”. – John Shand (Sydney Morning Herald 2021)