Heart and soul as jazz trio finds fun

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY LIVE’N’LOUD -

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.

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