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States of Play

by States of Play

This beautiful Spanish, Flamenco-infused contemporary jazz CD features four of Australia's finest independent contemporary musicians performing music by 2 x Australian Jazz work of the year nominated composers Elissa Goodrich and Clare Shannon.
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Ninos En La Plaza
4:46 $1.39
2. Conversation in 3: Part I. The Telling
1:01 $1.39
3. Conversation in 3: Parts II & III. Solari
6:09 $1.39
4. Compas
7:07 $1.39
5. Languid
4:22 $1.39
6. Into the Continuum I
3:00 $1.39
7. Seguiriya Circus
1:27 $1.39
8. Solea
2:58 $1.39
9. Into the Continuum II
3:16 $1.39
10. Playing for Dancing
6:14 $1.39
11. Glacial (A Night Sky Lullaby)
7:31 $1.39
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Album Notes
States of Play - jazz quartet

Phil Bywater – saxophone and flute
Tamara Murphy – double bass
Elissa Goodrich – vibraphone
Daniel Farrugia – drums
Elissa Goodrich and Clare Shannon – compositions

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

About States of Play:

States of Play, whilst brand new, has its roots in the critically acclaimed world-jazz Shannon-Goodrich Ensemble, with compositions by 2 x APRA Jazz Work of the Year nominated Elissa Goodrich and Clare Shannon.

States of Play’s debut CD is an original jazz project inspired by the emotional states & musical forms attributed to traditional Andalusian (Spanish) music encountered in Elissa’s and Clare’s research & work in Spain and in the crafted interplay between the quartet of performing musicians.

Though not directly quoting these well-known forms, much of our music plays with the specific emotional states, modes and rhythms attributed to Andalusian music and Flamenco found within music & dance forms, including the Jota Berber, Paso Doble, Alegrias, Bulerias, and Solea, whilst always reflecting the unique contemporary style of the four artists.

The Artists:

Phil Bywater
Phil Bywater is a Tasmanian born, Melbourne based performer, composer and educator. His experience is diverse, encompassing jazz and world music, free improv, reggae, funk, rock and contemporary classical music. He has toured Australia extensively, and toured to the United States, Europe, the South Pacific and South East Asia. He has released three CDs with his own bands, and has recorded on scores of independent releases and soundtracks for film and television.
Phil has been an active board member of the Make It Up Club and the Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival, and completed a Masters of Music degree at the Victorian College of Arts. Phil lectures at Australian College of the Arts and JMC Academy. Phil currently performs with a range of ensembles, including Fallingwater Trio, Big Fela Afrobeat Orchestra and the Bart Willoughby Band. Phil has also performed and/or recorded with Camille O'Sullivan (Ireland), Nicky Bomba, Sean Kelly, The Models, Doc Neeson, MotorAce, Joe Camilleri, George Telek (PNG), Tribe of Jubal (PNG/Australia), Richard Mogu (PNG), Yung Warriors, Grace Barbé, Dawn Penn (UK), Lamine Sonko, Akomba Beat, Stranger Cole (Jamaica), Kate Neal's Dead Horse ensemble, James Hullick, Kenta Nagai (Japan/USA), Amy Platt, Paul Rucker, Joel Harrison (all USA), Matthias Schubert (Germany), Ralph Beerkircher (Germany), Melbourne Ska Orchestra (lead saxophone), Owen Gray (UK/Jamaica), Carlos Malcolm (Jamaica), Deline Briscoe, Ross Hannaford, George Burrawanga, Djolpa McKenzie, Michael Keiran Harvey, Zulya (Tatarstan/Aust), Larry Maluma (Zaire/Aust), Ted Vining, Bob Sedergreen, Steve Purcell's Pearly Shells, Shannon-Goodrich Ensemble, States of Play, David Tolley, Ren Walters, Anita Hustas, Will Guthrie (Aust/France), Rosie Westbrook, Frock, Pugsley Buzzard, Noh Saxophone Quartet, Saxophone Summit (Musical Director).

Tamara Murphy
Tamara Murphy is a versatile bassist and composer, performing with many local and international artists. Her performance and recording credits include Allan Browne, Stephen Magnusson, Andrea Keller, George Coleman Jr., Grace Knight, DJ Olive, Marcus Strickland, Bernie McGann, Joe Chindamo, Christine Anu, Casey Donovan and Lanie Lane and the Shannon-Goodrich Ensemble, States of Play (amongst many others) in addition to leading her own ensemble, Murphy’s Law. In 2011, Tamara won the inaugural PBS Young Elder of Jazz Commission for the creation and presentation of the work “Big Creatures and Little Creatures”, which was released in 2012.

Elissa Goodrich
Elissa is a composer, percussionist and sound designer. A VCA graduate, Elissa continues to develop her practice in collaborative multi-artform projects. Elissa’s sound-art works have featured internationally in; Centre de Cultura Contemporanea Barcelona’s Sound Art Festival (Spain), Soundwaves Festival & International Lightworks Festival (UK), at Radio Papesse & at Sonori Sguardi’s media art festival at the Roman Colosseum (Italy), and in audio-visual collaborations including: with visual artist Gabby O’Connor at Museum of Otago (NZ), & with filmmaker Michael Carmody as 1of 5 international works at Tempo Reale’s Keep An Ear On (Italy). Elissa has recorded & performed in numerous contemporary classical, jazz & pop groups and co-led the world-jazz Shannon-Goodrich Ensemble with pianist Clare Shannon with 2 CD releases & 2 nominations for 2009 Australian Jazz Work of the Year from their Worlds Within Worlds CD.
Elissa also works in independent theatre, dance & audio-visual productions with long-term collaborators including theatre director Bagryana Popov (1998-current) (Cafe Scheherazade, Sarajevo Suite, Progress and Melancholy, Subclass 26a), filmmaker Michael Carmody (2010–current) and as Slide Into Sound with visual artist Gabby O’Connor (2000–current). Last year Elissa was shortlisted for Tate Modern’s sound-art commission in London, UK and was recording artist/composer for See How the Leaf People Run an ABC RN production (producer Maryanne Lynch). This year, Elissa realeases States of Play's debut CD as well as her solo project Bach Conversations. Notable awards include: 2011: Co-winner Green Room Award - Production Progress and Melancholy (B.Popov director), 2008-2009 State Library of Victoria Creative Fellowship, 2009: Nominee, Australian Jazz Work of the Year for Beyond Both Worlds from Worlds Within Worlds 2009.

Daniel Farrugia
Daniel Farrugia graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2005, completing a Bachelor of Music Performance in Improvisation. During his first year at the the VCA, Daniel was honoured by academic staff with the 'Gwen Nisbet Encouragement Award', an award provided to students for commitment to musical activities at the School and in the community, and high level of attainment in performance and related academic studies.
A respected and established musician across a diverse variety of musical styles, Daniel has performed with artists and bands including Julia Stone, The Bamboos, Thomas Bartlett, Eddie Floyd, Eddie Bo, Syl Johnston, The Cat Empire, Renee Geyer, Doug Parkinson, Joe Chindamo Trio, Gregory Porter, Mia Dyson, Alice Russell and The Quantic Soul Orchestra. Daniel is currently performing/touring with Tinpan Orange, Luke Howard Trio, Magnolia, Roscoe James Irwin, Nat Bartsch Trio, Anton Delecca Quartet, States of Play and Murphy's Law.

Media Quotes

'The gorgeous States of Play...Perfect for after dark' - Julia Lister ABC FM - Classic Drive CD Feature

Beautiful music…their music draws you in closer and closer. Julia Lister ABC FM Classic Drive

Exquisite calm, torn by spiritual longing. … an ear-opening testimony an exciting new format.” John Jenkins, The Australian

Spine-tingling music Emma Kathryn Theatre People Review

Jazz poetry Melbourne Review



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