Like many musicians and artists, the past year has presented challenges that no-one could have ever imagined. However, myself, along with many of my colleagues, used the forced time-off of performing live to work on our own musical projects. It turned out to be a very productive and successful time for me creatively, allowing me to release 2 albums, collaborate and record remotely from my home studio with many musicians from all over the world, as well as more recently establish a regular weekly gig with my quartet. The momentum that has built up from the last 12 months’ worth of new projects is thankfully now being able to be seen and heard more in a live setting again, which is nothing short of amazing when you look to other parts of the world in current times.
I’m very proud of the 2 albums that I’ve released in the past 6 months. “Memento” was a project that I’d been working on for the past 6 years, and features musicians from all over the world who I was fortunate enough to meet and play with during my time touring with Cirque du Soleil. Everyone recorded their parts in their home studios in different parts of the globe, sent them back to me, and I compiled them together to create a band of musicians who have never met before, but who have all made music with each other now through this project. “Guiding Light” was an album that I wrote and recorded for ABC Jazz. It's the complete opposite to “Memento” in a sense that it was recorded live with my quintet, and everyone playing together in the same room. I also wrote the material for the album over about 6 weeks, and not 6 years!!
Our concert at The Lab is a very special one for the quintet. Not only will it be the first time we’ve worked with any visual elements, but it will also be the first time that we will perform all the material from our new “Guiding Light” album. I am very fortunate to have some of Adelaide’s best musicians playing in the band, and even more fortunate to have been playing with them all for quite a long time now. I’m excited to have the opportunity to finally play this new material for a live audience with a band of musicians who I love playing with so much.
I have so many incredible memories of my time away with Cirque, but I think the thing that will stick with me forever is the sense of a real family connection with the people that you are touring with. Everyone is in the same boat, in terms of being away from home, family, friends, a “normal” life, but we are all bonded by the fact that we just want to put on the absolute best show possible every day. You spend so much time with these people that they really do feel like extended family. I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to see and work in so many incredible cities all over the world, and it really was amazing to see that wherever we went, people love and need live entertainment in their life. It was literally my dream job, and I'll never forget the amazing time I spent with the company.