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Steve Barry ‘Blueprints’ Trio (Sydney)

  • Backbeat Bar 100 Karangahape Road Auckland, Auckland, 1010 New Zealand (map)

Steve Barry ‘Blueprints’ Trio

...dazzling in his harmonic adventurousness, melodic resourcefulness, switchback rhythmic ideas and non-bombastic sense of drama.

— John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald

Raised a stone’s throw from Rangitoto and based in Sydney since 2009, Barry’s music continues to reflect his parallel interests in jazz and classical art music - where the intricately composed meets free-wheeling interplay.

Barry’s 2018 quartet release Blueprints & Vignettes received 4-stars in the Sydney Morning Herald and was longlisted for the 14th Australian Music Prize. The Blueprints trio - featuring the talents of Alex Inman-Hislop (drums) and Jacques Emery (recently touring with Australian Art Orchestra - bass) - continues to mine the terrain established by this record, replete with lyrical chromatic counterpoint, edgy rhythmic propellants and a vivid canvas of harmonic hues. Tonight's show is part of a 12-date tour of Australia and New Zealand in advance of recording a follow-up album of new material.

Barry is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Bell Award for Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year (2013), 2nd place in the National Jazz Awards (2013), and a BBM Travel Scholarship (2011). He was a finalist in the 2017 APRA Professional Development Awards and a nominee for the 2016 Freedman Fellowship. Barry received his PhD in composition in 2018, and currently lectures in jazz piano and improvisation at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

…besides carving some challenging notated figures for his collaborators, he allows the music to unravel into pools of free improvisation in which mood and interaction predominate over any predetermined concepts. The album becomes a dialogue between the concrete and the abstract, and not always with the composed elements fulfilling the former role and the improvised the latter. Perhaps that is partly what makes it so gripping…

— John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald


Steve Barry - piano
Jacques Emery - bass
Alex Inman-Hislop - drums


$20 General Admission
$15 CJC Members
$15 Students

$10 CJC Student Members

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