The Monash Art En­sem­ble/Ge­orge Lewis

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Philoso­pher, com­poser, im­pro­viser, con­cep­tu­al­ist, com­puter-mu­sic pi­o­neer and trom­bon­ist Ge­orge Lewis has a mind as ex­pan­sive as an ocean. He was an as­tute choice for Paul Grabowsky to bring out to work with the stu­dent-based Monash Art En­sem­ble (aug­mented by mem­bers of the Aus­tralian Art Orches­tra) in re­al­is­ing Lewis’s ground­break­ing and wildly imag­i­na­tive com­po­si­tions. The 16 play­ers can gen­er­ate mas­sive blocks of gran­ite sound, but more of­ten Lewis ex­tracts an ex­tra­or­di­nary trans­parency, so that a maze of small—of­ten con­trast­ing or con­flict­ing— sounds may be heard si­mul­ta­ne­ously. This is the cut­ting edge of jazz and new mu­sic col­lid­ing and com­pre­hen­sively ob­scur­ing where no­ta­tion stops and im­pro­vi­sa­tion starts. Lewis’s trom­bone and Grabowsky’s pi­ano share a fore­ground that keeps shat­ter­ing be­fore your ears.

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