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MWIJF: Ashes & SOLUNE ‘Mad Vantage’

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 @ 7:00 pm



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General Admission -MWIJF071221
$ 30.00
Concession -MWIJF071221
$ 20.00
$20 – $30

Ashes is a newly formed band led by trumpeter Ashley Ballat. This ensemble plays freely improvised, conceptual pieces of music that are inspired by movie soundtracks from David Lynch, and the music of Kate Bush, The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation and Arve Henriksen. You can expect to hear mostly originals, with some of Ash’s favourite songs mixed in from a diverse range of genres. There will be some surprises so don’t miss this exciting new ensemble!

Ash Ballat – Trumpet
Dan Waddingham – Guitar
Monty Shnier – Bass
Ollie Cox – Drums

SOLUNE’s new instrumental project, Mad Vantage, presents new compositions exploring the sounds of prog-metal fused with nu-jazz and electronics: complex rhythmic designs, metric illusions and lush harmonic soundscapes. She has carefully curated a sound which exemplifies the contemporary quartet with flexible melodic and rhythmic roles within the ensemble and the incorporation of synthesizers and electronic drum/ambient sounds.

Described as intricate and unapologetic, she has been influenced by Animals as Leaders, Hiromi, Tigran Hamasyan and Avishai Cohen Trio to create a sound which is decidedly her own; featuring her compositions also in the Australian Jazz Real Book.

Mad Vantage is a killer band made up of:
SOLUNE (Selene Messinis) – keyboards/synthesizers
Kumar Shome – guitar/effects
Matt Hayes – electric bass
Tim Cox – drums/electronics


27 Leslie St
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia