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Everything Here Is Possible

by Alister Spence and Myra Melford

Internationally acclaimed US pianist/composer Myra Melford, and one of Australia’s most original pianist/composers, Alister Spence weave an extraordinary, unified soundscape in their first musical encounter. Beautiful, mysterious, vital and engaged!
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Album Notes
Everything Here Is Possible Alister Spence Music: ASM002
Alister Spence (Australia): Steinway D concert grand piano
Myra Melford (United States): Steinway D concert grand piano


Internationally acclaimed US pianist/composer Myra Melford, and one of Australia’s most original pianist/composers, Alister Spence weave an extraordinary, unified soundscape in their first musical encounter.
Everything Here Is Possible is a series of duet piano improvisations recorded at ABC in Sydney in late 2012. At that time Myra was touring in Australia with her band, Trio M, with performances in Perth, Sydney and at Wangarratta Jazz Festival. Alister and Myra had previously ‘met’ on email through a mutual friend, Japanese pianist/composer Satoko Fujii.
The recording session was set up by Gerry Koster, host of the ABC’s radio program Jazz Up Late. Gerry invited Myra and Alister to record an improvised set of music for his show, at the Eugene Goossens Hall in Sydney, with Andre Shrimski as producer and recording engineer for the session.
There was very little discussion beforehand concerning the form the improvisations would take. However, from the first notes (which you hear on this disc) it was clear there was a meeting of musical minds. Both players were listening intently to the music as it evolved, and adapting to each other’s ideas in a natural and organic way.
The result is a wonderful body of work; the two instruments blend together in a manner that makes it often difficult to tell the players apart. At times the music is beautiful, mysterious, playful, angular, but always it is vital and engaged. The five tracks have an entrancing sense of timeless unfolding, as the two performers take you into their singular sound-world.
This is a very special listening experience!

The tracks on the album are unedited and in the order that they were performed.
‘Real time’ preparations were used in the piano by Myra and Alister on two of the tracks.

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Recorded by the ABC in Eugene Goossens Hall, Sydney, 9 November 2012
Engineered and mixed by André Shrimski
Mastered by Paul Bryant at the Chapel of Sound, Sydney, 15th January 2014
Design Cheryl Orsini
Producer Alister Spence
Music copyright Alister Spence (control), Myra Melford (GEMA and BMI)


Alister is recognized as one of Australia’s most original, distinctive pianists/composers. His wide-ranging talents have led him to perform with and compose for some of the world’s most respected artists in the areas of contemporary music, improvisation, film and theatre.

The Alister Spence Trio features Lloyd Swanton (the Necks) on double bass and Toby Hall (formerly with pianist, Mike Nock) drums and glockenspiel.
The trio’s most recent CD, Far Flung (Rufus Records 2012) received a 4 star review in Jazz Journal (June 2013) and was listed in Critics Poll 2013 (January 2014). It was also listed in The WIRE 2013 Rewind - Critics' reflections by Andy Hamilton as his album of the year. fit (2009) was voted in the top 15 jazz/improv releases worldwide for 2009 by The Wire, UK. Both Mercury (2006) and Flux (2003) received ARIA nominations (Australian Record Industry Awards) in 2004, 2007.

Festival performances for the Trio include: Melbourne International Jazz festival (2014), Vilnius Jazz Festival 2009, Luminous Festival Sydney 2009, curated by Brian Eno, Tokyo Jazz Festival 2008, International Festival de Jazz de Montreal and Vancouver Jazz Festival 2006.

Alister is a founding member of Wanderlust and a long-standing member of The Australian Art Orchestra (AAO). Alister was co-leader/composer with the internationally acclaimed group Clarion Fracture Zone for from 1990 – 2005.

Alister has performed with Satoko Fujii (Japan), Michiyo Yagi (Japan), Barre Phillips (US), Myra Melford (US), Mark Helias (US), Andy Sheppard (UK), Joe Williamson (SWE), Jim O’Rourke (Japan), Raymond MacDonald (Glasgow), Karraikudi Mani (IND), Ed Kuepper and the Laughing Clowns, Bernie McGann, Chris Abrahams (AU).


Raised in the Chicago area, Myra Melford gravitated early in her career to musicians associated with the AACM collective such as violinist Leroy Jenkins and alto saxophonist/composer Henry Threadgill.

She first gained attention with her brawny trio featuring bassist Lindsey Horner and drummer Reggie Nicholson. Known for her high energy, percussive attack, Melford is also a supremely lyrical player with a passion for classical Indian music (the harmonium has become an important textural element in her sound).

An inventive composer and inveterate creator of bands, she has recorded with many ensembles, including The Same River, Twice, with trumpeter Dave Douglas, cellist Erik Friedlander, drummer Michael Sarin and Chris Speed on reeds, and Equal Interest, a cooperative trio with Joseph Jarman and the late Leroy Jenkins.

In addition to the collective Trio M, with bassist Mark Dresser and drummer Matt Wilson, her other projects include Be Bread, a sextet with trumpeter Cuong Vu and bassist Stomu Takeishi, guitarist Brandon Ross, Ben Goldberg and Matt Wilson; and a duo with Ben Goldberg. Look for her new project, Snowy Egret, at the Jazz Gallery in February, 2012, presenting recently composed music with dancer Oguri.

Since 1991, she has appeared on more than 30 critically acclaimed recordings, including 20 as a leader or co-leader. Based in Berkeley since 2004, Melford is an Associate Professor of Improvisatory Practices in UC Berkeley’s Music Department.



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