Heart and soul as jazz trio finds fun
THE combination of Paul Robert Burton’s sensuous bass, Michael Fix’s authoritative guitar and Nadia Sunde’s velvet vocals results in the creation of a wonderful sound that will leave you smiling for days.
Add a dash of humour and a lot of positive energy, and you get jazz trio Burton, Sunde & Fix.
Set to return to an afternoon of heart, soul and song as part of the Live at Bond music series this weekend, Michael Fix says they are excited to be playing at the university’s amphitheatre.
‘‘It’s a great atmosphere, it’s a really nice thing what they are doing down there,’’ he says.
‘‘You can expect the unexpected from our show. We always have an element of improvising to keep things fresh and interesting for us.
‘‘If the mood is right we will create a soundscape – we get excited and that’s when we get a bit psychedelic.’’
After playing gigs across the country with Burton and Graeme Connors in the ’90s, Fix says he met Sunde at a folk festival 15 years ago.
‘‘More recently me, Nadia and Paul did some spontaneous jamming. There was a great spark, and a trio was born,’’ he says.
‘‘Our sound is really fresh. We have stepped outside our solo careers and do this together. There is a joy and spontaneous element that transmits to the audience when we play.’’
Playing a range of originals and covers, Fix says the trio’s sound is hard to describe.
‘‘We are influenced by jazz and rock, and there is a soundscape element there too which makes it a real journey,’’ he says.
Burton, Sunde & Fix believe a live performance should be about having fun on stage and connecting with people by engaging the audience.
‘‘Nadia is such a great person for that, she has a vibrant personality which works really well,’’ Fix says.
‘‘She has a rich and expressive voice which is very versatile. She can do low and ethnic or sweet and gentle.’’
Burton, Sunde & Fix play Bond University’s ADCO Amphitheatre on Sunday at 3pm.
Nadia Sunde performs as part of the Burton, Sunde & Fix combination.