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Danny Widdicombe with Trichotomy

Danny Widdicombe with Trichotomy

Danny Widdicombe is part virtuoso guitarist, musical director, songwriter, singer and story teller. He is based in Brisbane, Queensland and is best known for his folk / country / blues stylings. Danny has released three albums as a solo artist, another three with his band The Wilson Pickers and has appeared on a myriad of albums playing as a session musician. All three of The Wilson Pickers albums have received the much sought-after accolade of being nominated for ARIA Awards as well as a Golden Guitar nomination in 2017 for their latest release. He is currently a member of the renowned Australian band The Go-Betweens and has won the prestigious GW McLennan Memorial Fellowship, a Queensland Music Award and three life threatening battles with his 23-year rival leukaemia. Danny has played at such festivals and venues as Byron Bay Blues Fest, Woodford Folk Fest, Splendour in the Grass, The Big Day Out, Rod Laver Arena, The State Theatre in Sydney, Brisbane Entertainment Centre and many more.

TRICHOTOMY are one of Australia’s most inventive contemporary music ensembles and with 5 albums released nationally and internationally, the group has toured to the UK, Japan, France, Germany, China, South America and Canada. Their recent album “Fact Finding Mission” was nominated for both the AIR and BELL awards for contemporary jazz album of the year and in 2018 they won the QMusic Jazz Work of the Year. They have collaborated with a wide range of artists including QLD Symphony Orchestra, Topology, Froy Aagre (Norway), Julian Arguelles (UK), DVA, Stephen Magnusson, Peter Knight, Collusion, Southern Cross Soloists and selected string quartets. They collaborated with the dance company EXPRESSIONS on the immersive show BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, performing in Brisbane and Melbourne in 2017/18. In 2013 they were finalists in the APRA Art Music Award for Excellence in Jazz and in 2016 they were Ensemble in Residence at Griffith University QLD Conservatorium, which they carry through into 2017 and 2018. Their latest album “Known-Unknown” was released on the Dutch Label Challenge Records in 2017 with a tour to the UK and Europe.

Sean Foran
 A graduate from the Queensland Conservatorium with a Major in Jazz Piano, Sean also holds a graduate certificate in Arts Administration from Queensland University of Technology and a Masters of Arts with Distinction from the Leeds College of Music UK. He has attended the Banff Workshop in Jazz and was a finalist for the APRA Jazz work of the year in 2011. In 2009 he was the APRA Professional Development award winner Jazz. He is also a multiple winner of Queensland’s QSong Jazz Award in 2018, 2016, 2010, 2008 & 2006. Sean has been the recipient of the prestigious Brisbane City Councils Lord Mayor’s Artist Fellowship in 2007, co- wrote and produced the Bell Award winning album ‘Nightlight” with Megan Washington, was musical director for the Expressions Dance Company production “Behind Closed Doors”, and has studied with artists such as John Taylor, Lars Jansson, Tord Gustavsen, Baptiste Trotignon and Matthew Bourne around Britain and Europe. He is also a member of the trio Berardi/Foran/Karlen, which received the State award for Excellence in Jazz at the 2016 Art Music Awards. Sean is co- director of the publishing company “Prepared Sounds”, lecturer at JMI and Head of Music at JMC Academy Brisbane. He is currently completing his DMA at Griffith University focusing his research on Live Electronics and acoustic improvisation for jazz trio.

John Parker
 An award-winning Brisbane based musician and composer, John is becoming well known for his eclectic performance and writing style. His composition work traverses diverse genres and instrumentations drawing from jazz, classical, funk, electro/acoustic, cabaret and the murky spaces between. He is a founding member of the group Trichotomy (formerly Misinterprotato). During the group's 15 year history they have recorded six internationally acclaimed albums and continue to tour and collaborate interstate and globally. John recently received 3rd place Audio Technology Remix Competition (2014), 3rd place Percussive Arts Society (PAS) Solo Marimba Composition Contest (2012). Finalist “Freedman Jazz Fellowship” (2011). Performed on, recorded and mixed Sean Foran and Megan Washington's “Bell Award” winning jazz Album “Night light” (2008) and currently lectures in Jazz Drums at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music Griffith University and teaches Percussion and Drum kit at Marist College in Brisbane. The co-founder of the online music publisher “Prepared Sounds”, John has received several commissions for percussion works and his pieces have been performed around the world.

Samuel Vincent is a bassist and educator and has been performing music for the last 20 years. He graduated from QUT in 1997 with a BMus in classical Double Bass studying under Robert Davidson. In 1998, he was the musical director of Belvoir Street Theatres’ “After China” and he co-devised and performed in children’s show “Ukelele Mekulele” which found a home at the Sydney Opera House. In 2005 he joined gypsy ensemble Doch with whom he has toured both nationally and internationally and has appeared on their critically acclaimed albums: 'This Drink This Moon' and 'Bride In A Red Dress'. Sam has worked as arranger and composer on the theatre show, David Megarrity's "Bear With Me", which appeared at the ‘Awesome Festival’ in Perth. Samuel is much in demand as a freelance musician and has appeared with such acts as Miguel, Topology, Scat, Australian Girls Choir, and the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra as well as performers such as Tommy Emanuel, Marina Pryor, Don Burrows, Tom Burlinson, James Morrison.