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Birchall and Woolhouse at Paris Cat


Wed 11 Jun 2014, 9:00pm–11:00pm

Where: Paris Cat, 6 Goldie Place, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $15.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: jeremy3

Bassist Shannon Birchall and pianist Jeremy Woolhouse present works from the acclaimed album “The Scenery of Life Unfolding” and more. Shannon will be playing for Les Mis during their Melbourne season which starts on the 12th June and will run until December, so this is the last chance to hear the duo this year!

“ that are spacious, brooding, unpretentious in their delivery, and unfailingly lovely.” Dan McClenaghan - All About Jazz

“... a schema for what could so easily be a cinematic soundtrack. The story of the film would tell of passion; brooding, melancholic and wistful, each mood is underscored by the bowing of the bass....” Ken Cheetham - JazzViews

“...a musical journey that is full of brooding, melancholy, and sense of regret ... whilst these moods are sustained throughout the album, it is never mired in its emotional world, rather, there is a sense of transcendence, hope and quiet resilience.” - Dan Nilsson - ejazznews

“Theirs is a jazz without boundaries, one that stirs in a classical use of space and a progressive penchant for unusual song construction, even as they confirm a latent ability to swing like crazy..” - Nick DeRiso - Something Else

The intimacy of the duet allows for spacious, relaxed interaction between pianist Jeremy Woolhouse and bassist Shannon Birchall. The duo feature compositions from Jeremy stemming from the traditions of jazz and branching out to embrace gospel, contemporary jazz, pop, classical and South American music.

In the duet setting, the virtuosity of Shannon Birchall comes to the fore as the bass weaves a rich tapestry with the piano. Soaring bowed melodies and contrapuntal interplay contrast steady groove and dramatic unison. Jeremy and Shannon first collaborated in 2002 in the Estuary Three jazz-tango project on Jeremy’s album Thumbnails. The duo reunited in 2012 to record The Scenery of Life Unfolding and continue the journey into lightness and darkness, illusion and delusion.