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Riverside Theatres
Corner Church and Market Street Parramatta

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Riverside Theatres
02 8839 3399
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Riverside presents ASTROLAB – SUITE FOR LA PEROUSE

International pianist and composer Chris Cody returns with his all-star group featuring some of Australia’s finest jazz musicians Thomas Avgenicos, trumpet, Matt Ottignon, clarinet, sax, flute, James Greening, trombone,  Vanessa Tammetta, violin, Emily-Rose Sarkova, accordeon, Lloyd Swanton, bass, Fabian Hevia, percussion, to perform Astrolab, Suite for La Perouse. Inspired by the extraordinary three year voyage of French navigator La Pérouse who arrived here just six days after the First Fleet in 1788. After La Pérouse left these shores a few weeks later he was never seen again, his two ships being shipwrecked near the Solomon Islands.

The incredible voyage and disappearance at sea of this French navigator has been a big inspiration for Cody to write this work with differently imagined times, cultures and places.

The powerful and moving music draws upon jazz, classical and diverse world music influences inspired by the voyage. There is plenty of space for the musicians to open up and improvise over the different moods, textures and styles, ranging from calm meditation to exuberant joy.

It also features actor Simon Wilton reading extracts from the ship journal, and superb photos and projections by photographer and video artist Frank Crews.

“Exhilarating … a feast of melody… an inspiration never at fault”. JazzHot, France

“These musicians guarantee a performance full of colour, humour and rhythmic movement.” Sydney Morning Herald

“Polished composition and pianism doesn’t get much better or more enjoyable than this and Cody proves he is the master of form.” Fine Music Magazine